Why Columbia College?
We believe a great liberal arts education should be complemented with professional development and career preparation.
Columbia College is a place for students to excel. In addition to a rigorous liberal arts education, our students receive four years of personalized advising setting them up to graduate with a plan to succeed in their chosen career.
The Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence is unique to Columbia College. The Institute provides the support students need to build a career portfolio beginning in their first year, including multiple real-world experiences and high-impact internships. Our four-year commitment to professional development offers the promise of job preparation and economic independence.
The Women’s College offers over 30 majors, a pre-medical program, and individualized programs of study. Approximately one-third of Columbia College graduates pursue advanced degrees, including law school or medical school.
Leadership experience at a women’s college provides training and encouragement for leadership positions in your life, your community, and your profession.
Leadership development is infused throughout the curriculum of every academic program. During their four years at Columbia College, students are asked to examine their leadership potential through the development of courage, commitment, confidence, and competence.
As a women’s college, we are uniquely positioned to provide a learning environment where students are focused and independent. Having a wide variety of female role models builds confidence and boosts the aspirations of female college students—President Dinndorf is a graduate of a women’s college, and 69% of our faculty are women.
Our intentional commitment to leadership and service is well known and nationally recognized. In 2011, Columbia College was one of only five institutions nationwide to receive the Washington Center and New York Life Foundation Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.
Accessible and affordable higher education
A private, liberal arts education at Columbia College is more affordable than you may think. Ninety-nine percent of our students do not pay full tuition, because they receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships and grants.
When assessing a student’s financial need, we go beyond “sticker price” of tuition, room, and meal plan. We look at books, personal expenses, and travel.
We encourage work experience that is meaningful to education, which often provides additional financial relief.
Columbia College was named a “Best Value” school in U.S. News & World Report (2014).
Personal development in a safe and fun environment
We help each student in transitioning from high school to college with a five-day orientation, including team building and community service, as well as innovative curriculum designed to help first-year students be more successful, involved, and focused.
As a student at Columbia College, you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities, events, and organizations.
You can choose from political action groups, student government, musical groups, religious groups, honor societies, social service clubs, dance groups, and a theater club. In addition, qualified students can serve as Ambassadors or Presidential Aides.
Or, you might want to get involved with The Postscript, the student newspaper; The Criterion, the annual literary publication; and Columbia College’s yearbook, The Columbian.
The Student Government Association gives students a voice in the campus community and offers the chance to participate in Student Senate, the Residence Hall Association, and the Columbia College Activities Board. There’s lots to do on campus. And, for even more fun, downtown Columbia is just a few miles away.
The Department of Athletics at Columbia College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).
• The Koalas compete in 10 sports: basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.
• Student-athletes collectively hold an impressive average 3.6 GPA.
• Athletes account for nearly 30% of the student body.
Athletics Director Kellyann Stubblefield is a former collegiate athlete and two-time national champion and record holder in the high jump. Under her leadership, the Koalas and their coaches have received a record number of national, conference, and academic awards as well as the top award given by the NAIA, The Champions of Character Institutional Award. Stubblefield says, “Our athletes compete in regional and sometimes national play. They come here not only from South Carolina but also from all over the United States and the world.” In 2014, student-athletes came from 18 states, England, Germany, Guam, Serbia, and Spain.
• Columbia College’s 4Cs are Courage, Commitment, Confidence, and Competence.
• Alumnae include the first female judge on the US Fourth Circuit Court, Karen Johnson Williams ’62 as well as the first woman elected to the US Congress from South Carolina, Elizabeth J. Patterson ’61.
• Every first-year student is paired with a mentor who is a woman leader in the community and her profession.
• Columbia College is ranked among the best Regional Universities in the South. Based on academic quality and price, CC was also named a 2014 Best Value Institution by U.S. News & World Report.
Programs of Study
The College currently offers 35 undergraduate majors in a wide array of challenging fields. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Then design your own major using our innovative contractual studies program.
There are five academic divisions and the Honors Program:
Arts and Communication Studies
• Art (Studio Art, Art History)
• Communication Studies
Behavioral Studies and Human Inquiry
• Behavioral Studies Program (Psychology, Social Work, Child and Family Studies, Behavioral Science)
• Political Science, Public Affairs, and International Studies
Business, Mathematics, and Science
• Biological and Physical Sciences (Biology, Chemistry)
• Business (Accounting, Business Administration)
• Mathematics and Computing
• Education (Early Childhood, Elementary, Special, Middle Level)
• Speech-Language Pathology
Languages and Literature
• English Education
• Literary Studies
• Writing for Print and Digital Media
The Honors Program
The Columbia College Honors Program provides an enriching academic experience for outstanding students committed to excellence. The fundamental assumption of an honors education is that the honors student will continue to challenge her intellectual limits, working seriously and creatively to reach her highest potential as a scholar, reflective learner, individual thinker, and leader.