439 reviews
  1. Columbia, SC
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    A
Columbia College - South Carolina is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Appalachian Athletic Conference
Address
1301 Columbia College Dr
Columbia, SC 29203

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
SAT Scores Range
900-1140
ACT Scores Range
20-25
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Columbia College - South Carolina

Cost

Net Price
$15,787/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,889/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,099/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,670/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,249/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,956/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
794Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
27%
Pell Grant
54%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    63%
  • Fake. They pretend to be nice.
    13%
  • LIBERAL
    13%
  • Laid-back
    6%
  • Up-tight
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.44 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Top scholars
    43%
  • Encouraging
    24%
  • Strict
    19%
  • Pushy
    14%

After Columbia College - South Carolina

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$31,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.25 responses

Columbia College - South Carolina Reviews

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I like it here! The professors are pretty cool. There are students, upperclassmen, that are definitely happy to help you understand. There are a lot of international students, so there's a lot of diversity on campus. The academic scene was good until the school needed to be upgraded, which means there won't be any Spanish or French majors. I'm kinda hoping they don't take music for my friend's sake. The area the college is in is a little sketchy, a bit of an understatement. There were at least 3 emails about guys running from police or something, but the Columbia College Police Department keeps us safe. As for the party scene, you're gonna have to go to University of South Carolina or Five Points. Bring a friend if you're going to Five Points, though. It's not notorious for danger; it's just safer that way, and it was recommended by the people who actually live here. Overall, I'm looking forward to what the next 2.5 years will bring here.
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My opinion may be biased because I was seeking a small, liberal arts women's college, and that is what Columbia College is. You get the pros and cons of a small college experience: small class sizes, more one-on with professors, family feel on campus because you know or recognize most of everyone, con is that there is not much of a party scene ON campus, but downtown Columbia is minutes away. It is affiliated with the Methodist Church so attending church is mandatory and the frequency you must attend depends on what year you are. Dry campus, and room checks a few times a year are done by the RA. No overnight guests of the opposite sex but if you are a senior with good grades you can stay in the cottages and there is more leniency.
Columbia College curriculum does not prepare students for the world after graduation. Students who are top students while attending here go on to graduate school to be in remedial classes because they are not prepared. Most professors are passionate about what they are teaching, while others do not care either way. The way that situations/incidents are handle are not appropriate and instead of trying to fix problems they sweep it under the rug. The funding that is put into the school does not come directly to programs, buildings, or activities for students and they will not enclose that information to inquiring students. The only good program at Columbia college is the teaching program. The transfer rate is also really high because of dissatisfied students and parents.