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Applying for Admission

At Columbia College, applying for admission is a simple process. You don't have to worry about admissions tests, reference letters or interviews. Just fill out a short application and include your high school diploma or GED, or official transcript from any college courses you've taken. College transcripts must remain sealed in their original envelope, preferably mailed directly to us from the college.

woman in classroom To apply to Columbia College as a new student:

  • Complete and submit the online application
  • Request in writing an official copy of your student transcript from each college you attended

Admission requirements

Students may be admitted upon presentation of any one of the following:

  • High school diploma
  • Successful completion of the GED
  • Evidence of satisfactory college work

Potential students who lack a requirement for admission may be considered on an individual basis. Individuals so considered must give evidence that they can successfully meet the demands of Columbia College.

Request additional information about Columbia College. For questions, contact a Columbia College office near you.

Transfer credits

You may be surprised at how close you are to earning your degree. Columbia College has a generous transfer credit policy and offers a variety of testing options and other programs that recognize professional training experiences. All admitted students receive a free transfer credit evaluation to help determine what it will take to graduate.

Transfer in Even if you completed college courses decades ago, courses may could receive college credits for military experience as well as completing a police academy or basic training academy in corrections.

Test out Additionally, you could earn credit for successful completion of CLEP and DANTES exams.

Learn more about transfer credits.