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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A-
Columbia - South Carolina is a private, Christian college located in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 804 undergraduate students. The Columbia - South Carolina acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Social Work and Youth Services, and Communications. Graduating 49% of students, Columbia - South Carolina alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,400.
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Appalachian Athletic Conference
Address
1301 Columbia College Dr
Columbia, SC 29203
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Columbia College - South Carolina Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
950-1120
ACT Range
17-21
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$17,550/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$23,470/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
804Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
576
Undergrads Over 25
23%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    56%
  • Fake. They pretend to be nice.
    11%
  • LIBERAL
    11%
  • Diverse
    6%
  • Laid-back
    6%
  • Lazy
    6%
  • Up-tight
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
Poll
68%
of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.46 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Top scholars
    39%
  • Encouraging
    26%
  • Strict
    17%
  • Pushy
    13%
  • LIARS
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.25 responses
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I have enjoyed my time at Columbia College for a number of reasons. Firstly, Columbia College is a small institution that allows a close knit community to develop. The college allows students to develop a close relationship with Professors, staff members, and other students. These relationships have been extremely beneficial in my academic development.
Secondly, Columbia College also offers students the ability to develop academically and professionally. The on-campus tutoring and professional development centres ensure that students are able to receive the help that they need at no extra cost.
Finally, Columbia College provides a welcoming and warm community that strives to accommodate all students. The institution has a diverse population of students that are able to aid one another in understanding and adapting to the cultures around them.
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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.
When I'd first contacted them about their "Studio Art" Major, I had an abundance of questions because I wasn't exactly sure whether or not it was the Major I was looking for.

I had asked them on call, "I want to do stuff like video editing and creating special affects for movies and on the website it describes it as a mostly Art based degree, with drawing and 2D Design. Are you sure this is for me?" I was told explicitly that yes, that was the Major I was looking for; that "the website was just being updated". I mistakenly trusted them.

Then Summer Orientation came around and I met up with my Academic Adviser, who told me I was being put into a Drawing 1 class.

I immediately burst into tears. After the countless financial aid meetings; putting 5K down before I even had a schedule; I find the school LIED to me.