Points of Pride

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a best value institution and ranked among the best regional universities in the south, Columbia College is a dynamic learning and living community, where students, faculty and staff work together to build leaders our communities need most. Founded 160 years ago, Columbia College is known for its emphasis on leadership and service and is home to a nationally renowned honors program led by the 2010-2011 United States Professor of the Year.


Founded as Columbia Female College in 1854 by the United Methodist Church, Columbia College is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the country. When General Sherman and his troops marched through Columbia in 1865, the school was saved from being torched when Professor of Music W.H. Orchard, having heard that all unoccupied buildings would be burned, left his home in the middle of the night to protect the College by standing in the doorway where he could be seen by troops. Artist Georgia O’Keeffe was on the faculty in 1915-1916 and described her time at the College as “an important time in my life and some of my most important early drawings were made at that time at Columbia College. It started me on my way.”

Location & Contact

Columbia College

1301 Columbia College Drive

Columbia, SC 29203

United States

Office of Admissions

Degrees Offered

Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Pre-Professional and Certificate Programs

Areas of Study

  • Accounting
  • Art History
  • Art/Studio
  • Biology
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Communication/Journalism
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Education/Early Childhood/Elementary
  • Education/Middle and High School
  • English
  • Family Studies
  • French
  • Health and Human Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • Music
  • Political Science/Government
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Special Education