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Admissions requirements

Our admission standards are moderately selective. The primary factors considered in the admissions process are overall high school or secondary school performance (grades) and performance on standardized tests such as the ACT or SAT I (test scores).

Admissions standards for incoming freshmen at the traditional campus:

  • 2.5 or higher high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable GED or HiSET score*;

PLUS one of the following:

  • 21 or higher on the ACT or equivalent SAT score**;
  • Rank in the top 50% of your graduating class;
  • Have successfully completed 12 units of approved college preparatory work with a grade of "C" or better***

*GED before 2014= 2500 or higher; GED after 2014 = 500 or higher; HiSET = 60 or higher
**SAT score before March 2016 = 990; SAT score after March 2016 = 1070
***College preparatory work will only be considered when class rank is unavailable

Admissions standards for transfer students at the traditional campus:

  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0

If you have fewer than 24 college credit hours, you will also need to submit your high school transcript, as well as your ACT or SAT scores. 


Giving credit where credit is due

Columbia College accepts college credit from these programs:

Learn more about CLEP and other testing services available at the Testing Center.


In compliance with the Clery Act, the College discloses crime statistics for crimes committed on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, or on property owned/controlled by the College during the last three years. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report can be obtained in paper copy by contacting the Campus Safety Office and electronic versions can be obtained by visiting the following link: www.ccis.edu/Offices/CampusSafety/ReportsandStats.

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