Resources › For Students and Parents Columbia College Admissions SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More Share Flipboard Email Print Downtown Columbia. Akhenaton06 / Wikimedia Commons For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated September 19, 2017 Columbia College Admissions Overview: Columbia College has an acceptance rate of 89% and the admissions standards are not highly selective. Successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are average or better. To apply, students can use the Common Application, or they can use the school's application (found on Columbia's website). Additional materials include a personal essay, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a teacher recommendation. Admissions Data (2016): Columbia College Acceptance Rate: 87%Test Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 420 / 540SAT Math: 420 / 510SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanACT Composite: 18 / 24ACT English: 17 / 25ACT Math: 17 / 23What these ACT numbers mean Columbia College Description: Founded in 1854, Columbia College is a private women's liberal arts college located in Columbia, South Carolina. The city is the capital of the state and is home to an active arts scene as well as numerous other colleges including the University of South Carolina and Columbia International University. Students at Columbia College come from 23 states and 20 countries. Undergraduates can choose from 30 majors and a premedical program, and the college also has a strong masters program in education. Co-educational evening programs are available for non-traditional students. Campus life is active with over 60 student clubs and organizations. On the athletic front, the Columbia Fighting Koalas (yes, it's an unusual mascot) compete in the NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference. The college fields teams for softball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and basketball. Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 1,588 (1,456 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 27% Male / 73% Female71% Full-time Costs (2016 - 17): Tuition and Fees: $28,900Books: $1,182 (why so much?)Room and Board: $7,650Other Expenses: $4,438Total Cost: $42,170 Columbia College Financial Aid (2015 - 16): Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 100%Loans: 70%Average Amount of AidGrants: $23,356Loans: $5,925 Academic Programs: Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Child and Family Studies, Communication, Political Science, Psychology Graduation and Retention Rates: First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%4-Year Graduation Rate: 42%6-Year Graduation Rate: 50% Intercollegiate Athletic Programs: Women's Sports: Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics If You Like Columbia College, You May Also Like These Schools: Benedict CollegeClaflin UniversityAllen UniversityCoker CollegeClemson UniversityNorth Greenville UniversityLander UniversityCollege of CharlestonCoastal Carolina UniversityFurman University Columbia College Mission Statement: read the complete mission statement at http://www.columbiasc.edu/files/pdf/2012StudentHandbook.pdf "Columbia College, a women's college related to the United Methodist Church, educates students in the liberal arts tradition. The College provides educational opportunities that develop students' capacity for critical thought and expression, life-long learning, acceptance of personal responsibility, and commitment to service and social justice. In furtherance of its mission, the College is responsive to the needs of students, the communities to which it belongs, and the greater global society..."