Columbia College is committed to equal opportunity in student admissions. Students who are high school graduates or the equivalent qualify for admission and can benefit from the College’s programs and services. Columbia College offers associate degree programs, certificate programs, and non-degree programs in order to accommodate a variety of students with different educational objectives and backgrounds. Some students may not qualify for programs with more stringent requirements. For more information, students should contact the appropriate department and/or the admissions office.
Columbia College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The College complies with the Civic Rights Act of 1964, related executive orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and all Civil Rights Laws of the state of Virginia.
Criteria for Admission
In order to qualify for enrollment in Columbia College, the applicant must meet the following conditions:
- A graduate of an accredited high school or has satisfactorily completed the General Educational Development (GED) test.
- A home-schooled student who is in compliance with state and county education guidelines. The compliance form has to be submitted with the admissions application.
- If an applicant graduated the high school on foreign countries and cannot provide the diploma, he/she must complete waivers of diploma forms as a proof of graduation.
- An official college/university transcript is an acceptable document to prove high school graduation if applicant is currently attending or previously attended. For the foreign institution, the transcript must be evaluated by an organization recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).
Admission Requirement for Distance Education
Admission standards are same as the traditional residential program except technical specifications. Newly admitted student must take CaMLA, College’s current placement test, the same as students in the traditional residential programs.
Students are expected to have at least the following skills prior to taking distance education courses:
- Basic keyboarding competence
- Elementary knowledge of their computer operating system
- Basic knowledge of software and tools such as word processor, e-mail, Internet browser, and search engine
A personal computer which has access to a common internet network (using typical DSL speed 10M down/2M up) is required and headphones and/or headsets are preferred for privacy.
Any student may enroll in distance education courses. However, distance education courses may not be appropriate for everyone. These courses are independent study and require additional self-discipline and motivation.
- A completed application form
- Non-refundable application fee
- Academic diploma/school transcript (at least high school), DD-214 form or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
- A copy of a photo ID (passport, driver’s license, state-issued ID)
- Student enrollment agreement form