College Snapshot Week 11: Columbia College


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 1,126
   Women 969 (86.1%)
   Men 157 (13.9%)
Graduate Students 101


Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 79% of 413 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests X
Essay X
Extracurricular Activities X
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.68
SAT Math 505 average
450-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 523 average
450-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing 497 average
450-560 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite 29 average
19-25 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance $40,750
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met 82%
Average Freshman Award $21,723
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
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 8.8E+001% of freshmen, 42% of all students
Athletic Conferences National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot Koalas


Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 1.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.0% Asian
34.0% Black/African-American
2.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.1% White
14.4% Unknown
International Students 0.3% from 5 countries
First-Year Students Returning 68.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported