Facts & Figures

  • Columbia College's 11:1 student to teacher ratio is among the best in the nation and provides more one-on-one attention.
  • Number of teaching assistants at Columbia College = 0 (that's right, zero).
  • The Columbia College honors program has produced three National Collegiate Honors Students of the year since 2003.
  • Columbia College has South Carolina's first and only U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. John Zubizaretta.
  • Over 50 student-led clubs and time-honored traditions connect generations of Columbia College women.
  • Every first-year student is paired with a mentor who is a woman leader in the community and her profession.
  • Just six months post graduation, 88% of May 2014 graduates are employed or in graduate school.
  • Alumnae include the first female judge on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court, Karen Johnson Williams '62 as well as the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress from South Carolina, Elizabeth J. Patterson '61.
  • Columbia College's 4Cs are Courage, Commitment, Confidence and Competence.
  • The Fighting Koalas compete in NAIA Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.
  • Columbia College is ranked among the best Regional Universities in the South. Based on academic quality and price, CC was also named a 2014 Best Value Institution by U.S. News & World Report.
  • CC was recognized with a perfect score and #1 ranking in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Competition.
  • The Columbia College Police Department was one of only three colleges across the U.S., Canada and Europe to receive the 2013 Exemplary School Safety Award from the National School Safety Advocacy Council.

Benefits of a Women's College:

  • Students attending women's colleges are generally more engaged and report higher levels of academic challenge than women at coed institutions.
  • Women's college students score higher on active and collaborative learning and student-faculty interaction.
  • Women's colleges create a climate where students are regularly encouraged to realize their potential.
  • Women's college advantages include more female mentors and role models and greater opportunities for leadership roles.
  • Students at women's colleges interact more frequently with faculty both in and outside the classroom.
  • Women at single-gender institutions assume leadership roles on campus and take charge in classroom discussions.
  • Single gender learning environments foster leadership skills that support greater career and personal success later in life.
  • Students at women's colleges report greater gains in self-understanding, including independent learning and collaboration skills.
  • At Columbia College, 100% of teams, clubs, and class discussions are led by women.