Columbia College (South Carolina)

Columbia College (South Carolina)


Columbia College (South Carolina)

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Columbia College is a private liberal arts women's college in Columbia, South Carolina. The school is affiliated with United Methodist Church and has more than 1,500 students. Until 2008, it was the site of a fine arts summer camp called Tri-DAC (Tri-District arts consortium) for rising fifth through ninth graders.


  • Art
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Communication and Theatre
  • Dance
  • Education
  • English
  • History and Political Science
  • Human Relations
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Music
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Religion and Philosophy


Founded in 1854, it is one of the oldest women's colleges in the United States. Columbia Female College officially opened in 1859 with an initial student body of 121 and a faculty of 16. When General Sherman and his troops marched through Columbia in 1865, the school had to close. It was saved from being torched only because Professor of Music W. H. Orchard, having heard that all unoccupied buildings would be burned by a certain hour, left his home to stand in the doorway of the College where he could be seen by the troops. The school was reopened in 1873. The college was damaged by its first fire in 1895, though the damage was not extensive. The name changed to Columbia College in 1905 after it was moved to its present site in North Columbia in 1904. Swept by a second fire in 1909, the college operated out of its former Plain Street facilities until the North...
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