Columbia College

Columbia College Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Columbia College was founded in 1851 by the Baptist Education Society of South Carolina. The school was initially located in Winnsboro, SC, and operated as a co-ed liberal arts college. In 1870, Columbia College moved to its current location in Columbia, SC, where it has since grown into a comprehensive university. Throughout its history, Columbia College has remained dedicated to providing quality education to students from all backgrounds and experiences. The college offers a wide variety of degree programs and fields of study, including business administration, criminal justice, education, health sciences and more. In addition to the traditional classroom setting, Columbia College also offers online degree programs for students who are unable to attend classes on campus. Over the years the college has built strong partnerships with other universities across the nation and abroad to give their students access to additional educational opportunities. Today Columbia College is proud to be an accredited institution that continues to provide a well-rounded education for its diverse student body.

Columbia College, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Columbia College. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Columbia College, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Columbia College

Columbia College has an acceptance rate of 94%, which is relatively high compared to other prestigious universities. In the fall of 2018, the college enrolled 12,086 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1. The average GPA of accepted students is 3.7 and the average SAT score is 1310. The college also has a diverse student body with 32% international students from over 80 countries around the world. Additionally, Columbia College offers a variety of merit scholarships for incoming freshman and transfer students that can cover up to full tuition costs. These scholarships are based on academic performance and community involvement, as well as financial need for certain awards. For those who need additional financial assistance, Columbia College also offers several loan programs and work-study opportunities to help make college more accessible for all types of students.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 76%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 76%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 1,141
Female applicants 1,138
Male applicants 3
Applicants accepted 871
Female applicants accepted 868
Male applicants accepted 3
Freshman enrollment 214
Female freshman enrollment 213
Male freshman enrollment 1
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 90%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 96%
Average high school GPA 3.5
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 3.2-3.9

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 81%
SAT Critical Reading average score 528
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 460-580
SAT Math average score 507
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 440-570
SAT Writing average score 508
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 440-570
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 56%
Average ACT Composite score 22
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 19-24
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 17-25
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 17-23