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Columbia College
Columbia, SC
Columbia, founded in 1854, is a church-affiliated college for women. Its 33-acre campus is located on the north side of Columbia.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational No, women only
Undergraduate Students 1,554
   Women 1,208 (77.7%)
   Men 346 (22.3%)
Graduate Students 96
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 89% of 506 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.65
SAT Math 474 average
410-520 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 495 average
430-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA        
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $41,800
  Tuition and Fees $28,900
  Room and Board $7,650
Average Percent of Need Met 82%
Average Freshman Award $21,723
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 73
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 1% of classes
Columbia Population 133,358
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 88% of freshmen, 34% of all students
Athletic Conferences National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot Koalas
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 1.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.5% Asian
34.3% Black/African-American
3.1% Hispanic/Latino
0.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
55.9% White
3.8% Unknown
International Students 0.1% from 6 countries
First-Year Students Returning 68.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 42.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported