Important Dates for Transfer Students 

Rolling Admission 

We operate on a rolling admission basis. That means applying early increases your likelihood of being accepted because we make admission decisions as applications are completed. We encourage you to apply by our February deadline, but we may accept applicants after the official deadline. 

Please contact us at 803.786.3871 with any questions about the enrollment timeline.  

How Do I Apply as a Transfer Student? 

1. Complete Your Application

You can use our institutional application, or you can use the Common Application. We treat all applicants the same. Creating an account is simple and straightforward. You can always take a break and come back to your online application. 

2. Request Your Official Transcript

Request an official copy of your transcripts. If you have taken fewer than 60 credit hours, we will need an official transcript from your high school and all colleges you've attended, this includes dual enrollment. Official transcripts should be sent directly from each school.

3. Submit Recommendations (optional)

We ask that you submit a recommendation from a teacher who taught you english, math, history, science, or a foreign language.

4. Transfer your Credit Hours

Only classes in which you have received a 2.0 or higher will be accepted and we reserve the right to determine which courses meet the requirements and standards of the College. We only accept transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Once your admission file is complete, it will be sent to the registrar for an official transfer evaluation that determines the number of transfer hours to which you are entitled. You can transfer a total of 90 credit hours from any regionally accredited college or university.

Please use the following address for transcripts and recommendations: 

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Columbia College
1301 Columbia College
Columbia, SC 29203

What Happens Next? 

Admission Decision 

In most cases, we evaluate an application and respond with an admission decision within four weeks of receiving all the required documentsAdmitted students are notified by mail and will receive follow up information about next steps, like financial aid, housing, orientation, and registration.  

Financial Aid 

We recommend that you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to begin the financial aid process. Submissions are accepted beginning on October 1. Learn more about your financial aid options.

Eligibility 

In order to graduate after transferring, you'll need to complete at least 30 credit hours at Columbia College. You'll also need to take at least 12 credit hours in your respective major. This does not include pass/fail classes.

For a minor, you will need to take at least 1/2 of the credit hours at Columbia College.