Columbia College

Columbia College

Columbia College, located in Columbia, South Carolina, was established in 1854. The National Survey of Student Engagement has ranked the college among the top performing colleges in America. The college offers programs leading to bachelor's or master's degrees and has over 40 study programs from which students can choose.

The athletics teams of Columbia College are nicknamed the Fighting Koalas. The college fields teams in sports which include basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The college offers financial aid in the form of institutional scholarship programs such as the Founders Scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship and the Trustee Scholarship.

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Columbia College
1301 Columbia College Dr
Columbia , SC 29203
General Phone: (803) 786-3012

Columbia College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching243special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, early childhood education, music teaching, drama and dance teaching, education courses
Business and Management34business management, accounting
Liberal Arts32French language, Spanish language, English, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, history ...
Therapy and Counseling31behavioral sciences, psychology, community psychology
Family and Social Work31human development and family studies, social work, social service professions
Medical Support and Technology15speech pathology
Science11biology, chemistry
Media11communication studies, journalism courses
Drama and Performing Arts7dance
Fine Arts5fine arts
Music3music, music performance, piano, voice
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science courses, computer support
Religion and Philosophy2religion, religious education

Number of programs and degrees for Columbia College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree22038
Master's degree2103

Columbia College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbia College had a total enrollment of 1,510 students (1,426 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 0%
Women 100%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 53%
Black 42%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 29%
20-21 21%
22-24 11%
25-29 11%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 10%
50-64 4%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina90%
North Carolina3%
(International Students)1%

Columbia College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 100 %

Columbia College Room and Board (2007)

Columbia College offers campus housing for 604 of its 1,426 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbia, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Columbia College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450570
SAT Math450550
SAT Writing440560
ACT Verbal1725
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT83%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT61%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Columbia College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,030
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,030
Room and board $ 6,750
Room charge $ 3,364
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,086
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 7,146

Financial Aid:
Columbia College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 343000)

Columbia College Faculty

Columbia College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*2*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*3$76,113

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year8$53,73815$56,445
Associate professoracademic year12$47,92114$50,279
Assistant professoracademic year3$47,60811$43,691
Lectureracademic year4$34,42414$40,501
All faculty totalacademic year27$47,61054$48,115

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Columbia College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports02828

Columbia College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General

Education And Teaching
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Journalism, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Community Psychology
Psychology, General

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Columbia College Highlights

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What Sets Columbia College Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
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Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
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Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 6%Columbia College Number of students
Female % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Columbia College Female % of student body
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Columbia College Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Columbia College % of degrees in family and social work
% of degrees in music
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Columbia College % of degrees in music

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checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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