Columbia College offers a unique emphasis on leadership development and career preparation, with a nationally renowned honors program and opportunities for individualized study.

Columbia College is home to the 2010-11 Carnegie/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year and ranked by the National Survey of Student Engagement to be among the top-performing institutions in the country. 

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Mission Statement

Columbia College prepares students personally and professionally for success through strong liberal arts and professional programs emphasizing service, social justice, and leadership development.




81 full time and 82 part time faculty, 80 percent of full time faculty have PhD’s or terminal degrees in their field. 


Columbia College is home to the 2010-11 United States Professor of the Year, Dr. John Zubizarreta, as well as the 2009 and 2010 National Collegiate Honors Students of the Year. Columbia College is the first South Carolina college or university to earn these national awards.
In the National Survey of Student Engagement, which measures the overall effectiveness of the college experience, Columbia College ranks among the top-performing institutions in the country. The College has been recognized as one of the top comprehensive undergraduate colleges in the South and is unique in its emphasis on women’s leadership development. The Leadership Institute at Columbia College has been recognized for excellence by both the Kellogg Foundation and the Women’s College Coalition. 


The diverse student body is approximately 1,200 students, representing 22 states and 8 countries. Approximately 500 students live on campus in residence halls.


The Women’s College offers more than 30 majors and individualized programs of study. More than half of Columbia College alumnae pursue advanced degrees, including law school or medical school.
The Evening Program offers twelve majors that rank among the most sought-after undergraduate programs for working adults in the Midlands area. The College also offers two online B.A. programs: Criminal Justice and Emergency Management.
The Graduate Program offers a Master of Education in Higher Education, a Master of Education in Divergent Learning for teachers and other educators, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Change and Leadership for professionals in any discipline.


Students participate in more than 50 clubs and organizations, and nine NAIA conference athletic teams (cross country, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball). Students have access to the Student Union dining facilities and activity/lounge areas, the library and media center, as well the campus fitness center, which features an indoor Junior Olympic-sized pool and outdoor tennis courts. Cultural arts activities are popular as well as long-standing traditions such as The Ludy Bowl and the annual Follies program.


The Fighting Koalas


90 percent of our students receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and/or student work


Columbia College students may bring cars to campus. The College offers plenty of convenient, safe, lighted on-campus parking for registered students with a parking permit. 


Columbia College is recognized as one of the safest college campuses in the state. In fact, our Police Department was recognized as one of only three colleges nationwide for exemplary school safety from the School Safety Advocacy Council. Duty officers patrol 24/7 in vehicles, on foot, on bicycle and on Segway scooters to ensure the safety of the campus community. Campus police officers maintain the highest level of training and are well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology. In 2009, an emergency notification system (ENS) was deployed on campus to provide rapid alerts via siren/phone/email and text message in the event of any campus emergency. 

Degrees conferred

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Education

Notable Programs

  • Honors Program
  • The Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence
  • Leadership Semester
  • Washington Semester
  • Study Away
  • The Pearce Communication Center
  • Women’s Studies


Columbia College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its evening/weekend undergraduate programs or graduate programs. Columbia College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any of its educational programs, admission procedures, or employment practices.


Columbia College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone number: 404.679.4501) to award bachelors and masters degrees. The following provide independent accreditation:
  • NCATE, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education 
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design 
  • National Association of Schools of Dance 
  • National Association of Schools of Music 
  • Council on Social Work Education 
In addition to membership in the accrediting associations, Columbia College has membership in the following: 
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 
  • Council of Graduate Schools 
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation 
  • International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities 
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 
  • National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church 
  • National Collegiate Honors Council 
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities 
  • Southern Regional Honors Council 
  • The University Senate of the United Methodist Church 
  • Women’s College Coalition 


Women’s College Admissions
1301 Columbia College Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
803.786.3871 or 1.800.277.1301
fax: 803.786.3674
Admission requirements or degree programs are subject to change.