Admission Information

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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:

  1. A graduate of an accredited high school or has satisfactorily completed the General Educational Development (GED) test.
  2. 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.
Required Materials

  1. A completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Academic diploma/school transcript (at least high school), DD-214 form or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  4. A copy of a photo ID (passport, driver’s license, state-issued ID)
  5. Student Enrollment Agreement Form
Required Materials for International Students

  1. A completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Academic diploma/school transcript (at least high school) or International High School Equivalency certificate
  4. A copy of a photo ID (passport, driver’s license, state-issued ID)
  5. Student enrollment agreement form
  6. I-20 request form
  7. Financial document (bank statement)
  8. Family census registration form or birth certificate
  9. I-901 SEVIS student exchange/visitor processing fee receipt
  10. Study plan and a letter of willingness to return to his/her country upon the completion of the program
  11. Language proficiency test score (minimum score: PBT 500, CBT 173, IBT 61, or ACCUPLACER 261) if applying for an Associate Degree Program

Admission Procedures

  1. A completed application for admission with the non-refundable application fee ($100.00). This application can be either sent before the interview or completed at the time of the interview.
  2. A proof of graduation from a high school or equivalent certified by the State Department of Education
  3. Students who have requested admission prior to the interview must arrange for a personal interview after acceptance.
  4. Students must complete an enrollment agreement, which defines all tuition and fees along with the method of payment, in order to secure a position in their desired classes. The enrollment agreement is usually completed during the interview. Out-of-town students can submit a completed agreement by mail.
Admission Procedures for International Students

  1. Admission requirements and acceptance procedures are the same as U.S. citizen students.
  2. In order for international students to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), he or she must provide the financial document and/or an Affidavit of Support Form (I-134) to the admissions office. I-134 form verifies that all funds will be available for educational and living expenses while a student is studying in the United States. Once accepted, prospective students in foreign countries must apply to the American Consulate in their country for a special student non-quota F-1 or M-1 visa.
  3. International students are required to deposit the first session’s tuition at minimum (non-refundable).
  4. For associate degree applications, students need to provide evaluation of language proficiency by submitting a TOEFL or ACCUPLACER score.
Columbia College will not issue an I-20 form or an acceptance letter if an applicant fails to submit the required documentation and to pay the appropriate fees.

Transfer Information

Transfer In

The College welcomes transfer students from other institutions. If the student meets our Admission Requirements, he/she may be admitted with no restrictions.

  • International Students
    1. Request a school transfer form and an acceptance letter from the international students office.
    2. Fill out a school application form and submit all required documents such as former school transcripts, a high school diploma, an I-20 from another school, financial documents, a copy of passport, visa/I-94, and a family registration form.
    3. Once a student is eligible to transfer to Columbia College, the school registrar will issue a school acceptance letter to the transfer student within one week of submission.

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Resident Students
    1. Fill out a school application form and submit all required documents including former school transcripts, high school diploma, and a copy of a photo ID to the admissions office.
    2. Once the student is eligible for transfer into Columbia College, the registrar will issue an acceptance letter to the transfer student within one week of acceptance.
Transfer Out

A student who wants to transfer out from Columbia College must come to the registrar or international students office to get an information and review the transferring procedures.

  • Transfer Out Requirements for International Students
    1. A student must come to the registrar/international students office and inform a school official of their intention to transfer from Columbia College. The student must be in compliance with current school policies. (Refer to the Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress.)
    2. The student must obtain an approval from the International Student Advisor prior to initiating action on their transfer. The approval process usually takes approximately one to two business days.
    3. Once the student is approved for transfer, he/she must submit the registrar/international students office their acceptance letter and transfer application from the institution they wish to attend.
    4. Students who transferred into Columbia College from another institution must complete at least two sessions (20 weeks) at Columbia College to be qualified for transfer out.
    5. Newly admitted international students with their first I-20 issued from Columbia College must complete at least 3 sessions (30 weeks) at the College to be qualified to transfer out.
    6. Returning students from vacation must complete at least one session (10 weeks) at Columbia College to be qualified for transfer.


All new students are required to attend orientation program sessions. The purpose of the new student orientation at Columbia College is to provide new students with a blueprint of all available resources the school has to offer.

Columbia College provides a comprehensive orientation that fully prepares students, thereby providing an orderly and smooth transition into the school. During the orientation, new students will meet the school staff. The school’s goal is to facilitate a smooth transition into the College.

After the orientation, new students will be given assistance with the registration process, receive an overview of each program which may helpful in the transition process. An introduction to learning resources and student services available, and provided with information on how to access and receive assistance from the school. The orientation date will be given to students prior to the start of their initial term.