When to Apply

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.

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


You’re also eligible for more scholarship opportunities if you apply early. We invite qualified students to come to campus to interview for scholarships.  

How Do I Apply? 

1. Complete Your Application

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

2. Request Your Official Transcript

Request an official copy of your transcript. Official transcripts should be sent directly from each school you've attended. 

3. Submit Recommendations (optional)

Ask your high school guidance counselor to fill out our guidance counselor form and submit it. We also ask that you submit a recommendation from a teacher who taught you English, math, history, science, or a foreign language in 11th or 12th grade. 

4. Share Your SAT or ACT Scores (optional) 

Your SAT or ACT score is required if you are applying for a scholarship, but it is not required to apply to Columbia College. Use our school code 5117 to share your SAT scores, and use school code 3850 to share your ACT scores. 

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 one week 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 

A staggering 99% of our undergraduates don't pay full tuition. We recommend that you explore all your financing options. Begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to start the financial aid process. Submissions are accepted beginning on October 1. Learn more about your financial aid and scholarship options. 


First-Year Student

To be eligible for admission as a freshman, you should be a graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent. We recommend 16 or more college preparatory academic courses should be earned in the following: 

  • English (2 courses)
  • Laboratory Science (2 courses) 
  • Foreign Language (2 courses)
  • Algebra I and II
  • Geometry
  • and U.S. History, World History, Social Sciences, Advanced Mathematics, or Natural Sciences.

Non-Degree Seeking Student

When applying as a non-degree seeking student, please note the course you are applying for in your application. You must submit an application for each semester you are a student and you'll be required to pay your course fees before you register.

Second Degree Student

If you are applying for a second degree you'll be required to submit official transcripts from every institution you have attended since graduating high school. Once your application and documentation has been received you'll be asked to pay a $50.00 application fee.