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About Columbia College

Establised in 1854, Columbia College is affliated with the United Methodist Church and opened with just over 13 women. Today, our student body has grown to nearly 1,600 and includes men at the graduate level and in some undergraduate programs. Columbia College prepares students personally and professionally for success through strong liberal arts and professional programs emphasizing service, social justice, and leadership development. At 162 years and counting, Columbia College is still going strong.


Academic Programs


  • Students come from 22 states and 11 countries
  • Graduate enrollment: 132
  • Multicultural students: 50%



  • Over the past three years, 96% of graduates are employed or pursuing graduate study within a few short months of graduation
  • 85% of our graduates would choose Columbia College again
  • 93% of our graduates were satisfied with their academic experience
  • Graduates living in all 50 States and abroad: 14,915


  • One of only three colleges in the nation to receive the Exemplary School Safety Award from the National School Safety Advocacy Council
  • Chosen as one of five schools across the nation to receive the 2012 Washington Center and New York Life Foundation Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.
  • Awarded a $600,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to help increase the number of women and minorities who graduate with bachelor degrees in the areas of chemistry, math and computing.

Special Programs

  • Study abroad include semester-long programs in France and Spain, with additional opportunities worldwide including Ireland, Germany, and Korea. 
  • Honors program offers special classes, individualized study and research, travel opportunities, and enrichment activities.
  • Internships are available in all areas of study.
  • The Center for Leadership supports and champions personal leadership among our students and serves as an advocate for both pre-college, young women and post-college, professional women.

Campus and Facilities

  • Columbia College is located in Columbia, South Carolina’s capital city. Cultural and historical attractions are plentiful. The accessibility of both mountains and beaches makes it possible for students to enjoy a pleasant weekend off campus whenever they desire.
  • Historic 50-acre campus includes, six residence halls, student center, indoor swimming pool and fitness center, athletic field and track complex.
  • J. Drake Edens Library has more than 177,000 volumes and 400 subscriptions to journals and magazines with full-text access to thousands of others through online databases. The library’s media collection contains more than 30,000 items.
  • The Bush Science Center, Breed Leadership Center, and the Spears Center for the Arts include varied classroom settings and specialized laboratories, visual arts studios, and performing arts practice and performance spaces.

Campus Life

  • Columbia College’s Koalas compete in nine NAIA Division II sports: lacrosse, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, softball, golf, swimming, and cross-country/track and field.
  • A member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference since
  • Columbia College sponsors frequent lectures, student exhibitions and presentations, concerts, and exhibitions featuring professional artists.
  • The Institute for Leadership and Professional Exellence touches every Columbia College student combining a liberal arts education with leadership skills and real-world experiences.


Columbia College is recognized as one of the safest college campuses in the state. 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.

Accreditation and Degrees

  • 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 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Columbia College is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Council on Social Work Education, Council for Interior Design Accreditation, North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
  • Students participate in dance performance troupes and a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

  • Tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students in 2017-18 is $19,500, a savings of $9,400 from 2016-17 tuition.

For More Information

Women’s College Admissions
1301 Columbia College Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
803.786.3871 or 1.800.277.1301
fax: 803.786.3674