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Day Campus Admissions

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 the traditional Day 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 = 2521 or higher; HiSET = 60 or higher
**"Old" SAT score (prior to March 2016) = 990; "new" SAT score (March 2016 to present) = 1070
***College preparatory work will only be considered when class rank is unavailable

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.


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