Day and Evening Students
Columbia College enrolls students who have both the desire and ability to succeed in
a rigorous teaching and learning environment. The College invites applications from
students who have demonstrated that they are likely to complete the College's broad
general education curriculum and to master an undergraduate major. Previous academic
achievement is the best predictor of success at Columbia College. The College does not
admit applicants whose previous academic performance predicts failure. Admission
requirements are generally the same for both the Day and Evening programs and are
considered moderately selective.
Admission is generally granted to high school applicants with no previous college
credit (excluding high school dual enrollment) who rank in the top half of their class
or have an ACT or SAT score at a minimum 50th percentile and have earned at least a 2.0
cumulative high school grade point average. Admission is also generally granted to
applicants with a GED score at a minimum 50th percentile and home schooled applicants
who present an ACT or SAT or GED score at a minimum 50th percentile. Applicants who
graduated from high school more than two years ago may not be required to submit ACT or
SAT scores for admission consideration. However, these scores are also used for freshman
course advising and placement. (A final high school transcript or GED score must be on
file prior to enrollment.)
Columbia College welcomes students with academic credit from other institutions.
Transfer applicants must present a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average with a 2.0
earned in the last semester attended. Students transferring 24 or more credits accepted
by Columbia College will generally be favorably considered for admission. Only grades of
C or above are accepted in transfer. If fewer than 24 hours are accepted, transfer
applicants may also be considered for admission on the basis of the high school record
(class rank, ACT/SAT, grade point average) in addition to college coursework. A student
who has earned more than 6 college credits after high school completion is considered a
The Admissions Review Committee reserves the right to review any application for
To apply for admission as a new freshman, applicants must:
- Submit the Columbia College undergraduate application for admission with a one-time
non-refundable $25 fee. The application fee is waived prior to January 1 for Day Program
fall semester applicants and October 1 for Day Program spring semester applicants.
- Request official high school transcripts be sent directly to the Admissions Office,
or submit official GED scores.
- Request an official transcript to be sent directly to the Admissions Office from
colleges from which college credit was earned while in high school.
- Submit either ACT or SAT scores.
- Submit an ACT or SAT score and a GED score or record of high school-level
coursework, if home schooled. (A GED score report or evidence of high school completion
must be on file prior to enrollment).
- Provide a copy of a resident alien card, If not a U.S. citizen but a permanent
Recommended High School Curriculum
Final high school transcripts should reflect a college bound curriculum with a
minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics (two years of algebra and
one year of geometry), two units of natural science, and two units of social studies.
To apply for admission to Columbia College as a transfer student, applicants must:
- Submit the Columbia College undergraduate application for admission and a
one-time$25 application fee. The fee is waived prior to January 1 for Day Program fall
semester applicants and October 1 for Day Program spring semester applicants.
- Request an official transcript from all colleges attended be sent directly to the
- Request an official high school transcript or GED scores be sent directly to the
Admissions Office, if earned semester hours total less than 24.
- Provide a copy of their resident alien card, if not a U.S. citizen but a permanent
Transfer students who do not present a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average for
previous college coursework, or if less than a 2.0 grade point average was earned in the
last semester attended, may be considered for admission through the Admissions Review
Falsification of application information, including failure to identify all
post-secondary institutions attended, may result in denial of admission or, if
discovered after matriculation, dismissal.
Additional Academic Information
Although not required for admission consideration, additional academic information
that may supplement an application file includes: Advanced Placement; International
Baccalaureate; Regents; ACE accredited corporate courses; military credit (DANTES,
DD214, USAFI); Law Enforcement Training Institute; RN certification and LPN
certification. For use in admissions consideration or for an official evaluation of
credit, all documents must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office.
Students who wish to return to Columbia College after interrupting attendance for one
semester or two consecutive evening sessions must apply for readmission through the
Admissions Office. Official transcripts from all colleges attended will be required for
readmission consideration. The Admissions Office checks academic and financial status
and notifies the student of the readmission decision.
Readmission after suspension
Students may apply for readmission to Columbia College following a suspension of one
semester for Day students or two sessions for Evening students.
To apply for admission after suspension, students must:
- Complete the undergraduate application for admission and submit the non-refundable
$25 application fee if it was not paid with the original application for admission.
- Write a letter to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs requesting
consideration for readmission. The letter should include an assessment of lack of
previous academic progress, an outline of accomplishments since suspension and a
specific plan of action for success should readmission be approved.
- Reconcile any balance owed to the Columbia College Business Office.
- Request official transcripts be sent directly to the Admission Office from any
colleges attended since leaving Columbia College.
- Await the decision by the Admissions Review Committee.
Currently enrolled students who wish to change programs (i.e., Evening to Day, ESD to
Day, Day to Evening, ESD to Evening) must apply for program transfer in the Admissions
Office. The Admissions Office checks academic and financial status and notifies the
student of the transfer decision. Applicants who are denied admission to the day or
Evening Campuses are not eligible to apply for admission to the Extended Studies
Division (ESD) program. They must wait at least one semester/session to reapply.
High school dual enrollment
Students may have the opportunity to take college courses for credit while completing
Students in high school who wish to earn credit at Columbia College must:
- Submit the undergraduate application for admission with a non-refundable $25 fee.
- Request an official high school transcript and ACT or SAT score be sent directly to
the Admissions Office.
- Present a 2.5 cumulative high school grade point average and a minimum 50th
percentile on ACT/SAT.
- Provide written support from the high school principal or guidance counselor and a
parent by completing the Columbia College dual enrollment form.
The Admissions Review Committee reserves the right to review any application for
admission under the dual enrollment status.
An international student is categorized as a foreign born person who is not a
citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States. International students
seeking an I-20 from Columbia College are eligible for undergraduate admission in the
Day program only.
International applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students must complete
a full sequence of university-preparatory studies that would qualify them for admission
to university-level work in their home country. This requirement is equivalent to the
twelve-year program in the United States.
Columbia College welcomes international students with academic credit from other
institutions. The College does not admit applicants whose previous performance predicts
lack of academic success. In general, students who present a minimum 2.0 cumulative
grade point average from previous college coursework are considered for admission. If a
transfer student does not present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, or if
less than a 2.0 was earned in the last semester attended, he/she may be considered for
admission through the Admissions Review Committee process. (See Admissions Review
Committee information on page 60.)
International students who are accepted for admission will receive a housing contract
and I-20, if applicable, in the acceptance packet.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Students with a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based exam or 173 on the
computer-based version, take the Columbia College English Placement Exam to determine
initial placement in English courses.
Students with no TOEFL score, or a score below 500, are generally considered for
admission to the English as a Second or Other Language Program (ESOL), which is offered
in the Day program only. Students begin the ESOL program at one of two proficiency
levels: intermediate or advanced. Placement is determined by in-house diagnostic
testing. This test is given to ESOL students when they arrive on campus.
To be considered for admission to Columbia College, an international student must:
- Submit the application for admission with a non-refundable $25 (U.S. dollars)
application fee. The application will not be processed until the application fee is
received. Checks should be made payable to Columbia College.
- Request official secondary school records in the native language and an official
English translation be sent directly to the Admissions Office.
- Request official transcripts (in the native language) from all colleges/universities
and an official English translation be sent directly to the Admissions Office.
- Submit the Columbia College Certificate of Financial Support along with official
bank documents to provide evidence of adequate financial support (in U.S. dollars) for
every year of study at the College.
- Show proof of English proficiency: TOEFL score of 500 or above paper-based or 173 or
above computer-based; completion of a course equivalent to English Composition I with a
grade of C or better; completion of an advanced proficiency level in an English as a
Second Language Program; or satisfactory completion of the Columbia College in-house
ESOL diagnostic test.
- Students transferring to Columbia College from an institution in the United States
must complete a Transfer Eligibility form and furnish a copy of a valid visa, passport,
I-94 and I-20 from the last school attended
Non-degree Seeking Students
International students who are not degree seeking and wish to enroll part-time at
Columbia College may be considered for admission as a Non-Degree Seeking student. (See
Non-Degree Seeking information). Non-Degree Seeking students are not eligible for an
Admissions Review Process
Applicants who do not meet the standards described above for general admittance may
be considered for admission through the Admissions Review Committee process. In addition
to the materials outlined above, Admissions Review Committee applicants must:
- Submit a letter that explains previous academic experiences and any difficulties
encountered; a description of an activity, project or task at which they have persevered
to completion; and a plan for success at Columbia College.
- Complete a personal interview with an Admissions Counselor.
It is also strongly recommended that Committee applicants submit letters of reference
from persons not related to them who can address the issues listed above.
Applications with supporting materials will be reviewed to determine whether
applicants are admitted to the College. The Committee looks for unrealized potential,
uncommon talent in a given area, perseverance, and predictability for academic success.
If admitted, students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average during their first
term enrolled at Columbia College. Failure to do so will result in suspension from the
An applicant who is denied admission on the home campus is ineligible for admission
for the concurrent term in Columbia College Extended Studies Division (ESD) programs. An
applicant who is denied admission may appeal through the Admissions Office.
It is recommended that all new students (freshmen, transfers, readmits,
international) complete the application process no later than one week prior to the
first day of classes for the term for which they seek admission. Students who miss this
recommended deadline may be required to apply as Non-Degree Seeking status or postpone
enrollment until a later term.
Upon notification of admission to the Day Program, students must acknowledge
acceptance of the offer of admission by making a deposit payment of $100. The fee is
credited to the student's account and is refundable until May 1 prior to the fall of
initial enrollment, or until December 15 prior to the spring of initial enrollment. The
fee assures the privilege to preregister for classes offered the succeeding semester and
secures a residence hall assignment.
Non-Degree seeking Status
The Non-Degree Seeking status is designed for part-time students who do not seek an
academic degree at Columbia College. Enrollment as a Non-Degree Seeking student neither
guarantees automatic admission to degree seeking status nor does it necessarily impact
an admission decision. Non-Degree Seeking students must earn a grade of C or better in
each course and reapply for admission each session/semester.
Non-Degree Seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Students enrolling at
Columbia College under this status may be considered for degree-seeking status in a
subsequent term by completing the regular application process.
Students who wish to apply for Non-Degree Seeking status must complete the Non-Degree
Seeking application for admission and submit it with the $25 one-time, non-refundable
application fee. Non-Degree Seeking international students must show proof of English
proficiency: minimum TOEFL score of 500 paper-based or 173 computer-based; completion of
an advanced proficiency level in an accredited English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL)
program; completion of a course equivalent to English Composition I with a grade of C or
higher; or satisfactory completion of the Columbia College, in-house ESOL diagnostic
test. Additionally, international students must submit a copy of the visa, passport,
I-94 departure record and most recent I-20, if currently enrolled at another
Enrollment for Non-Degree Seeking students is on a space available basis only. Course
selections may be limited. Evening Campus students under this status are not required to
meet with an advisor. Day students under this status must be cleared for enrollment
through the Office for Academic Affairs. Non-Degree Seeking students must provide proof
that course prerequisites have been met.
Non-Degree Seeking students who enroll in nine or more hours in the Day program are
considered full-time students. Full-time freshmen and sophomore Day program students are
required to live on campus unless the student is: 1) over 22 years old, 2) married, 3) a
single-parent, 4) residing with parents in Boone County, Missouri, where such address is
the sole legal and permanent residence of parent or spouse, 5) a military veteran.
Enrolling as a Non-Degree Seeking student does not negate the residence hall
Warranted Degree Program
Students who have an associate or baccalaureate degree from Columbia College may be
eligible to participate in the Warranted Degree Program. Eligible students may enroll in
one course free of charge if five years have elapsed since receiving their degree, they
owe no fees, and are not in default on federal aid loans.
Students may enroll for credit or as auditors in courses being offered during the
regularly scheduled semesters or sessions, provided space is available and course
pre-requisites are met. The Warranted Degree program cannot be used for
Students are required to pay lab fees and for textbooks associated with the courses.
Students are permitted to enroll in one free course in each subsequent five-year
period but may not accumulate free courses.
Application for the Warranted Degree Program is made to the Admissions Office, and no
application fee is required. Warranted Degree applicants must submit a Columbia College
financial assistance application.