Steps to Apply






Fill out the online application

First, you'll need to create a username and password. This lets you save and edit your application before submitting it. You'll also need to upload an application essay.







Contact Your Reference

Please choose someone who can speak to why you'd be a great fit for Columbia, and who:

  • Has known you for at least one year
  • is at least 25 years old
  • is a Christian
  • isn't related to you

Contact your reference and send them this link to the online reference form:







Submit Your Transcripts

Please ask your high school and any other post-secondary schools you've attended to submit official transcripts directly to Columbia. If you haven't graduated yet, we'll accept an unofficial copy of your most recent transcript until your official transcript is available.







Pay Your Application Fee

You can pay your $50 application fee* online, by cheque, or in person during regular business hours.

Come to a View Event and we'll waive your application fee!






Dates to Remember


March 14   Acceptance Deadline for Entrance Scholarship Consideration (Sept Entry)
May 15   Acceptance Deadline for Columbia Scholarships and Bursaries (Sept Entry)
June 1   For International students, September entry application and deposit deadline. See below for unique app fee amount.
August 15   September entry application and deposit deadline. ($50 late fee is applied after July 15; residence deposit non-refundable).
November 1   
  Acceptance Deadline for Entrance Scholarship Consideration (January Entry)
November 25   
  Acceptance Deadline for Columbia Scholarships and Bursaries (January Entry)
December 15   January entry application and deposit deadline. ($50 late fee is applied after this date; residence deposit non-refundable).



Admissions Team



One of the most common pieces of feedback we get is how helpful and personable the Columbia Admissions Team is. From inquiring to move-in day, our team is eager to help you with the admissions process and make your transition into college a little bit easier. Connect with us today!





Rachel Becker

Rachel Becker

Admissions Advisor

Rachel is a born and raised Minnesotan, who graduated with a BA in Christian Ministry from Briercrest College and Seminary. Her husband is currently in the Outdoor Leadership Program here at Columbia. She has a love for Biblical Higher Education, hanging out in coffee shops, and spontaneous adventures.



 Contact Rachel



Mike Coppin

Mike Coppin

Admissions Advisor
British Columbia
(Excluding Surrey to Vancouver)

Mike graduated from the Biblical Studies program. It was Columbia’s community that drew him in. He is excited for new students to join this community. He’s often found playing one of his many musical instruments, beating friends at a board game or teasing his cats with laser pointers. 


Contact Mike


Cara Tull

Cara Tull

Admissions Advisor
Surrey to Vancouver
Canada (Excluding BC)

Cara attended Columbia in the Quest program and graduated with a BA in Applied Leadership. She loves helping others pursue the passions God has given them! Some of her favourite things are cycling, coffee shops, intentional conversations, and exploring her creative side - doing anything from sewing to woodworking to baking.


Contact Cara


Leslie Miller

Leslie Miller

Admissions Coordinator
& Financial Aid Advisor

Leslie graduated from Columbia’s Quest and Outdoor Leadership programs and loves to take people outside on adventures! She works with church youth and loves to laugh and build relationships. She’s learning to grow her own fruit & veggies and just might start her own sustainable farm one day.


Contact Leslie 



Melanie Olfert

Melanie Olfert

Director of Admissions

Melanie completed a diploma in Caregiving & Counselling from Columbia, a BA in Social Sciences from Providence University College and an MA in Leadership from Trinity Western. She's passionate about seeing students grow, thrive, and explore God’s calling in their lives. She enjoys coffee, good conversation, and adventures with her husband & 3 boys.


Contact Melanie



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many students attend Columbia?

We generally have around 400 students studying at Columbia each year. About 40% of these students live on campus and the other 60% commute.

Is Columbia accredited?

Columbia is accredited with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (A.B.H.E.), an autonomous association of Canadian and U.S. colleges seeking to enhance Christ-centred biblically-based higher education in North America. A.B.H.E. is a member of the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation (C.O.R.P.A.), the body that provides for accreditation of all recognized American universities, colleges and professional preparation programs. For more information please visit the A.B.H.E. website.

Will courses I have taken at another Bible college or university transfer to Columbia?

Because Columbia Bible College is accredited, many credits from other colleges and universities do transfer! Have your transcripts sent to Columbia Admissions and our Registrar will do a transfer analysis for you. Be sure to tell us what program you would want to transfer into.

Will the courses I take at Columbia transfer to another Bible college or university?

If you are transferring to another Christian college or university, many of your courses will transfer. If you are transferring to a secular institution, the number of transfer credits won't be quite as high, but some of your credits will qualify for transfer. We have several credit transfer agreements that you can read about here. We always recommend that you contact the institution you would like to transfer into to be sure of their policies on accepting Christian College credit. Please refer to our transfer guides to see Columbia's articulation agreements.

What if I have already attended Columbia and I wish to re-apply?

We'd love to have you back! If you've been away from Columbia for less than a year, you do not need to submit an application form. You can simply contact the Academics office to re-enrol.
If you have been away for 1-5 years, please apply and choose the shortened Re-Entry Appication.
If you have been away for more than 5 years, please submit a brand-new, full application.

Do I have to be Mennonite to attend Columbia?

Definitely not. While Columbia is owned and operated by two of the major Mennonite denominations (BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and Mennonite Church British Columbia), we have many students who come from other faith denominations like Christian Reformed, Baptist, Evangelical Free, and more.

Can I live on campus?

Yes, in fact we strongly encourage you to! Columbia has residences for men and women right on our campus and the experience of living in dorm is usually a highlight for our students.

Are there scholarships or bursaries available from Columbia?

Yes, Columbia offers scholarships and bursaries to new and continuing students! These types of awards are great to apply for because you don’t have to pay the money back! You must be an accepted student to apply for scholarships and bursaries, and you can learn more on our Financial Aid page.

Can I get a student loan to study at Columbia?

Columbia programs are eligible for student loans in both Canada (excluding Quebec) and the US. Apply online through your province of residence for a student loan. If you have questions, contact the Director of Financial Aid.

Does Columbia have athletic teams?

Yes, Columbia has Men’s and Women’s Volleyball and Basketball. Through our involvement in the CCAA (Canadian College Athletic Association), PACWEST (Pacific Westen Athletics Association), and local community leagues, our teams play a competitive schedule that allows them to not only develop their physical skills but, more importantly, a godly character (1Tim. 4:8). Learn more about Bearcat Athletics »

Can I visit the campus?

Absolutely! Through the year we host many Campus View Events and we would love for you to join us for one. As a thank you, we will waive (or credit) your $50 application fee just for attending! Register for a View Event »


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