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Encyclopedia > Columbia College (Columbia, South Carolina)

Columbia College is a private liberal arts college for women in Columbia, South Carolina. The school is affiliated with United Methodist Church and has over 1,500 students.



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Founded in 1854, Columbia College remains the 11th oldest women's college in the United States. Columbia Female College officially opened in 1859 with an initial student body of 188. When General Sherman and his troops marched through Columbia in 1865, the school had to close and was not reopened until 1873. The name changed to Columbia College in 1905 after it was moved to its present site in North Columbia in 1904.

From 1940 to 1951 presidents Guilds and Greene oversaw Columbia College as well as Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

During the 1980s an evening college was established in which both female and male students could be educated. Recently the U.S. News & World Report has ranked Columbia College as one of the top ten regional liberal arts colleges in the South.


The school competes in the NAIA in soccer, tennis, volleyball, and cross country. The teams are known as the Fighting Koalas.

External Link

Columbia College (http://www.columbiacollegesc.edu/index.html)

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Columbia, South Carolina SC (355 words)
Columbia is located in the center of South Carolina at the junctions of Interstates 20, 26 and 77.
It is South Carolina's most populated city, the state capital, the county seat of Richland County, the home of the University of South Carolina's main campus, and the site of the South Carolina State Fair every October.
Columbia was named for Christopher Columbus, and it was South Carolina's first planned city (wide streets arranged in a grid pattern) and the second planned city in the United States (Savannah was the first).
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