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Columbia College Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Columbia College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Columbia College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Columbia College was awarded 82 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is crisis/emergency/disaster management.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Columbia College South Carolina is ranked #1,435 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Columbia College South Carolina also holds the #18 spot on the Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking.

See all of the rankings for Columbia College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Columbia College South Carolina?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 97%, some consider Columbia College South Carolina to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 27% of students accepted to Columbia College South Carolina submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 550. Math scores were between 370 and 500.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbia College  ( 450 to 550 )

SAT Math Scores for Columbia College  ( 370 to 500 )
Columbia College South Carolina received ACT scores from 22% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 20.

ACT Composite Scores for Columbia College  ( 17 to 20 )

Learn more about Columbia College admissions.

Columbia College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Columbia College South Carolina is an impressive 12 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbia College is 36%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  36 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Columbia College this rate is 59%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  59 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Columbia College South Carolina for first-time, full-time students is 43%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  43 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Columbia College.

Columbia College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 979 undergraduates at Columbia College South Carolina with 641 being full-time and 338 being part-time.

How Much Does Columbia College Cost?

The overall average net price of Columbia College South Carolina is $18,307. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Columbia College South Carolina

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,819 $17,924 $18,494 $21,159 $21,757

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Columbia College South Carolina, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Columbia College South Carolina, approximately 86% of students took out student loans averaging $6,680 a year. That adds up to $26,720 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Columbia College South Carolina is 8.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Columbia College South Carolina Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Columbia College South Carolina with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $34,600 in their early years. This is about 13% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Columbia College make the most money.

Location of Columbia College

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia College is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Columbia College South Carolina are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1301 Columbia College Dr, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-786-3012

Columbia College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Columbia College. Of these students, 306 received undergraduate degrees and 77 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 69 $47,729
Teacher Education Grade Specific 32 $29,926
Homeland Security 28 NA
Business Administration & Management 25 $41,937
General Biology 18 NA
Communication Sciences 17 NA
General Psychology 15 $28,598
General Education 12 NA
Social Work 12 $31,763
Accounting 8 $28,598

Learn more about the majors offered at Columbia College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Columbia College South Carolina

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 988 students took at least one online class at Columbia College. This is an increase from the 636 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 988 507
2018-2019 636 381
2017-2018 642 387
2016-2017 789 551
2015-2016 726 543

Learn more about online learning at Columbia College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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