Undergraduate Bulletin and Student Handbook 2017-2018

Admission of First-Year Students

To be eligible for admission as a first-year student, an applicant should be a graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent. The College recommends that 16 or more college preparatory academic units be earned in the following areas: English (4 units), laboratory science (2 units), foreign language (2 units), algebra I and II, geometry, and courses in United States history, world history, other social sciences, advanced mathematics, or natural sciences.

Application Procedure

An applicant should submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  1. The application and accompanying essay (essay is optional). Applications are available online at www.columbiasc.edu or www.commonapp.org.
  2. Official high school transcript. The applicant's high school guidance counselor must mail a complete transcript to the Office of Admissions. A final official transcript must also be sent upon completion of the senior year.
  3. SAT or ACT scores. Although it is not necessary for a prospective student to have taken one of these tests before submitting her application, she will be asked to submit SAT or ACT scores for the Financial Aid process. Students should request that their test scores be sent directly to the Columbia College Office of Admissions. Columbia College’s code for SATs (CEEB code) is 5117; for ACT, it is 3850. The College combines a student’s best SAT math and SAT critical reading scores.

Campus Visits

The College highly recommends a campus visit, if possible. Students and parents should make appointments in advance. Several Open House programs are offered each year and include talks with current students and faculty members, campus tours, and opportunities to attend classes.

First-year Student Application Deadlines, Notification, and Acceptance

Columbia College strongly encourages early application. The admission decision is based upon high school grade point average, scholastic rank in class, extra-curricular activities, and, in some cases, SAT or ACT scores, the application essay, and a teacher recommendation form.

To accept an offer of admission, a student must submit a reservation deposit as early as possible ($200 for resident students; $100 for commuting students). The deposit is not refundable after May 1 for first-semester applicants or after November 1 for second-semester applicants. All deposits will be credited as payment on tuition and fees when the applicant registers.

Summer School Admission for First-year Students

Prospective first-year students may earn credits at Columbia College during the summer session prior to fall entrance. First-year students who plan to enter in the summer should contact the Office of Admissions.