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Admissions requirements

Associate and bachelor’s degrees

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Online, evening, nationwide requirements

Students seeking admission to our online program, evening program in Columbia, Missouri, or at a venue nationwide should have completed one of the following:

  • High school
  • High school equivalency test
  • Six hours of earned college credit

Complete your application for admission

Send one of the following to the Office of the Registrar at 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216 or your local venue (if applicable):

  • Unofficial high school transcript*
  • Unofficial college transcript* (at least 6 credit hours)
  • GED, HiSET or TASC score
  • If applicable, have official score reports (Advancement Placement, CLEP, DSST) mailed directly to the Office of the Registrar

    If you have served in the military, request that an electronic copy of your transcript be sent to EVALTrans@CCIS.edu

*All official transcripts must be provided within 90 days of enrollment

Authenticate your identity

Students studying online, in the evening in Columbia or at a venue nationwide should authenticate their identity.

Questions?

We'll make it easy to apply. If you need help at any point, do not hesitate to contact us.

Email: admissions@ccis.edu

Phone: (800) 231-2391, ext. 7352

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Traditional campus requirements

Incoming freshmen at the traditional campus should have:

  • 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 1070 or higher on the SAT
  • Rank in the top 50 percent of your graduating class
  • Have successfully completed 12 units of college preparatory work with a grade of “C” or higher

Complete your application for admission

Send one of the following to the Office of the Registrar at 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216 or your local venue (if applicable):

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

Plus one of the following:

  • Unofficial high school transcript*
  • Unofficial college transcript* (at least 6 credit hours)
  • GED, HiSET or TASC score

*All official transcripts must be provided within 90 days of enrollment

Questions?

We'll make it easy to apply. If you need help at any point, do not hesitate to contact us.

Email: admissions@ccis.edu

Phone: (800) 231-2391, ext. 7352

Apply now Learn more about our traditional campus in Columbia, MO.

Other requirements

Students who meet any of the following may have additional requirements.

Transferring more than 6 credit hours?

  • Submit separate transcripts from every college or university you’ve attended to EvalTrans@CCIS.edu or
    Columbia College Office of the Registrar—Evaluations,
    1001 Rogers St.,
    Columbia, MO 65216
  • Students transferring to the traditional campus in Columbia, Missouri, should have a cumulative GPA of 2.0

Taking a course/courses but not pursing a degree?

  • If you want to enroll in a class that requires a prerequisite course, you may be asked to submit college transcripts showing you’ve successfully completed the prerequisite
  • Students who enroll in 12 or more hours on the traditional campus will be considered full-time. Enrolling as a non-degree student does not negate he residence hall requirement.

Returning to Columbia College after six-session or longer break?

  • Submit transcripts from any college attended after Columbia College
  • Contact the admissions office to see whether you must re-submit transcripts from previous years of study
  • Returning students will be automatically assigned to the current catalog year. You may choose to use your previous catalog year if it with the past eight years

International student?

In addition to our traditional campus in Columbia, Missouri, international students requiring an F-1 student visa are also able to apply to one of the following locations:

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Elgin, Illinois (upper-level transfer students)

Online students must study outside of the United States.

International admissions

  • Demonstrate English proficiency 
  • Submit documentation to receive form I-20

See international admissions requirements.

Submit your FAFSA

To find out if you are eligible for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use Columbia College school code 002456

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