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IPEDS ID: 475626
OPE ID: 03748501
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Columbia Academy of Cosmetology
1221 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, South Carolina 29169-5911
General information:  (803) 796-9986
Website:  columbiaacademyofcosmetology.com
Type:  < 2-year, Private for-profit
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  32 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  10 to 1
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Mission Statement
  Columbia Academy of Cosmetology is proud of its record in cosmetology education. The Cosmetology program is designed to graduate and prepare cosmetology graduates for the State Licensing Examination and enhance employment opportunities in the cosmetology field. Columbia Academy of Cosmetology has dedicated itself to this objective. Columbia Academy of Cosmetology does not discriminate in its admittance on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, or ethnic origin.
Carnegie Classification
Not applicable, not in Carnegie universe (not accredited or nondegree-granting)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
  • School failed to provide faculty data and is subject to administrative action, including a fine or termination of eligibility to participate in federal student aid.
Estimated Expenses in the Largest Program for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Largest ProgramProgram LengthAverage Completion
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General1,500 contact hours15 months
Detailed Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$13,575$18,075$18,075$18,0750.0%
Books and supplies$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,6000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$15,255$16,065$16,065$16,0650.0%
Other$8,415$8,415$4,185$4,95018.3%
Off Campus with Family
Other$8,415$8,415$3,195$3,1950.0%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Off Campus$38,845$44,155$39,925$40,6901.9%
Off Campus with Family$23,590$28,090$22,870$22,8700.0%
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)32
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment0
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Student Gender:
Male: 6%
Female: 94%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 94%
Hispanic/Latino: 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 0%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 35%
25 and over: 65%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 86%
Out-of-state: 0%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 14%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: -1%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $50
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First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

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Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 50%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate
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Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
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Personal and Culinary Services
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General7
Category total7
Grand total7
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
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  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences11/6/2012 - 1/31/2018Resigned
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary000
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate10.8%16.2%20.5%
Number in default91414
Number in repayment838668
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)