COLUMBIA, SC – JANUARY 31, 2020 - Today, the Columbia College Board of Trustees voted to authorize the planning and implementation of admitting male students to a component of the College’s residential day program. This new program will reside alongside the women’s college, as early as Fall 2021.
Columbia College, founded in 1854 as Columbia Female college, is traditionally a women’s college, however, the college began exploring enrollment models to strengthen the College’s position back in 2017. “We are excited about the possibility of making Columbia College a place that can accommodate all students in the future. With our rich history, our quest is to always provide learning opportunities that prepare students for a successful future,” said Toby W. Goodlett, Chair of the Columbia College Board of Trustees. While the college already introduced co-ed evening, graduate and online programs, this will be the first time a co-ed residential day program is introduced.
The new model would create a co-ed day track alongside of the women-only track. This gives students a choice. This proposed change comes after evaluating shifts in student demographics, cultural shifts and population trends. While the college plans to move forward with the new model, the College has no plan on dropping their designation as a women’s college, “While this model is being developed and reviewed, one underlying thing remains clear - the need to maximize and preserve our historic women's education,” said Columbia College President, Carol A. Moore, Ph.D.
The college plans to host several open sessions to give current students, faculty, staff and alumnae the opportunity to learn more about this exciting concept that preserves the women’s college while opening the doors to male students.
About Columbia College
Columbia College was founded in 1854 as Columbia Female College by the Methodist Conference of South Carolina. The College, located on Plain Street, now Hampton, in Columbia, SC, opened to students in October 1859. Columbia College continues to serve as an institution for higher education with approximately 1,200 male and female students in both undergraduate and graduate courses.