How to Apply



COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION. Once you create a username and password, you will be able to save and edit your application before submitting it. As a part of your application, you will be asked to submit an essay.  Time to complete: ~ 20 minutes for the form, and ~40 minutes for the essay.


CONTACT YOUR REFERENCE. As part of the application, you will be required to provide a reference who can speak to why you would be a great fit at Columbia. Your reference must be a Christian who is at least 25 years of age, a non-relative and has known you for a minimum of one (1) year. Submit a reference form for a student »


SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS. All applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript directly to Columbia. If you have not yet graduated high school, a copy of your most recent transcript will be accepted temporarily. Please note that an official transcript will be required upon acceptance. Transfer students are also required to submit all post-secondary transcripts.


PAY YOUR APPLICATION FEE. Your $50* application fee can be made online, by cheque or in person during regular business hours.
Want your application fee waived? Take a tour of our campus and we’ll waive the $50 application fee! Register for a view event »





Reference Forms

Thank you for your willingness to complete a reference for your future Columbia Bible College student. Please note that all references must be at least 25 years of age, a non-relative and have known the applicant for at least one (1) year. Please also note whether the applicant has requested you as an Educational Assistant reference and complete the appropriate form. If you have have any questions please contact Admissions.


Dates to Remember

March 14   Acceptance Deadline for Entrance Scholarship Consideration (Sept Entry)
May 15   September entry priority application deadline and financial aid application deadline.
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   
  January entry priority application deadline and financial aid application deadline.
December 15   January entry application and deposit deadline. ($50 late fee is applied after this date; residence deposit non-refundable).


US Applicants:

  • Please ensure your application is complete at least one month prior to the start of the semester so that all student visa letters can be sent in time for you to enter Canada.
  • Check out our US Student Info Page for additional details.

*Students applying from outside Canada and the US are required to submit a non-refundable $150 application fee and $300 confirmation deposit at the time of their application. Confirmation deposit may be refunded within the College’s refund policy.

Entrance Requirements

General Entrance Requirements for Certificate, Diploma & Degree Applicants

Canadian and US Applicants

  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must be a Christian and willing to grow in discipleship.
  • Must hold a high school diploma with a minimum average of 60%. This average will be calculated using the student’s top 5 submitted grades from their last two years of high school. 3 of these 5 grades must be academic courses and one of these 3 must be English 12 or provincial/state equivalent. Applicable grade 12 courses take precedence over grade 11 courses.
  • Must demonstrate the potential for academic success at Columbia Bible College.
  • Must arrange for reference form(s) to be submitted on their behalf.
  • Must have final grade of 65% in English 12 or provincial/state equivalent.

Conditional admission may be granted if:

  • The applicant is waiting for final transcripts;
  • The applicant has mature student status (must be a minimum of 21 years of age and have been out of school for at least one year. The applicant will be required to write an English entrance exam or enroll in ENGL 099.). These applications for admission will be considered on an individual basis.
  • The applicant enrolls in ENGL 099 or its equivalent.

Additional Requirements

Educational Assistant Program Students

An additional reference from someone involved in working with children and youth must be submitted.

Outdoor Leadership Program Students

Applicants will be required to:

  • Read the Outdoor Ledership View Book and Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide for Students
  • Complete and submit the following legal documents: Medical Questionnaire, Waiver Form, Indemnification Form, Acknowledgement of Risk Form for Olympic National Park.

Transfer Students

Students who have earned 30 credit hours or more at another post-secondary institution will be evaluated for admission based on their post-secondary GPA. A minimum of a 2.0 (60%) overall GPA is required. Conditional Admission may be granted to transfer students who do not meet these requirements. Such decisions will be made at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.Only courses completed with a minimum grade of C (normally 65%) will be considered for transfer credit to Columbia.

Home-Educated Students

Columbia welcomes graduates of home-based schools and other unaccredited and/or non-traditional secondary education programs. Each candidate who is unable to present provincially/state-examined matriculation subjects is evaluated on an individual basis in order to gauge their readiness for college-level studies. Applicants are required to provide evidence of academic ability including, but not limited to: essays, home education charts, SAT, ACT or GED test scores.

US Students

Student visa forms will be sent out upon acceptance to Columbia. Student visas are acquired at the time of border crossing and will require a letter of registration from Columbia and a financial statement indicating sufficient funds for the academic year, along with a $125 student authorization fee.

International Students

English proficiency requirements for applicants applying from outside Canada or the US:

  • Must have proof of English competency. A foreign student must have a minimum score of 550 for the paper based TOEFL or 213 for the computer based TOEFL or 79 for the internet-based TOEFL or an IELTS score of 6.5 (Academic Module).
  • Applicants must arrange to be tested by an approved TOEFL or IELTS agency in their country. Applicants should do this at least two (2) months prior to the beginning of the semester at Columbia Bible College. This will allow time for the results to be returned to Columbia. Acceptance at Columbia will be dependent on receiving these test scores.

The requirement for TOEFL or IELTS test results may be waived if the applicant has met the following conditions:

  • The applicant has completed three or more years of study at either a secondary or post-secondary institution (in the United Kingdom, The Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Jamaica or an accredited international school with a North-American curriculum where English is the primary language of instruction).
  • The applicant has successfully graduated from a North American high school and successfully completed ENG 12 (or its equivalent in any other province/state) with a final grade of 65% or higher.
  • The applicant has studied for at least one year at an accredited North American post-secondary institution and successfully completed an English Literature, Composition or Writing for College course (or its’ equivalent) with a final grade of 60% or higher.

The Admissions Committee may also evaluate English proficiency on an individual basis by requiring that the applicant write an entrance examination.

Application Process for International Students

Please note that international students must:

  • Must submit a $450 application fee (this application fee consists of a $150 processing fee + $300 deposit and replaces the $50 application fee mentioned above for domestic students).
  • For September entrance, must submit all required application documentation before June 1. For January entrance, must submit all required application documentation before October 1.

Student Authorization for Studying in Canada

Anyone wishing to study in Canada who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must obtain a student authorization before entering Canada. Those students in Canada on a visitor's visa must leave Canada and re-enter with the Student Authorization. Depending on your country of citizenship you may also be required to obtain an entry visa. Students should contact the nearest Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate once they are accepted to Columbia Bible College. Find Canadian Embassies around the world.

To obtain your student authorization, the following documentation will be required:

  • Offer of admission to Columbia Bible College and information about the expected time to complete the program.
  • Evidence of adequate funds - the visa officer will expect you to be able to support yourself (and family where applicable) during your program of study. You may be required to bring financial documents to prove you have the necessary funds (bank statements, scholarship & bursary awards and/or pledges of support from other organizations/individuals).
  • Return ticket or evidence that funds will be available for that purpose.
  • Proof of medical clearance (depending on country of residence).
  • Proof of a minimum of 3 months of health insurance to cover your initial time in Canada.

Once this documentation is in order, Canadian Immigration authorities will issue an entry visa and student authorization or letter of introduction. If you are given a letter of introduction, you should give this to the Immigration Officer when you enter Canada and they will issue the student authorization.

If you have a spouse and/or children and your spouse and/or children accompany you, you must apply for their immigration documents at the same time. If your child/children will be attending school (grade 1 and above) you need to apply for a student authorization for them also. A letter of admission from the school is not required. If your spouse intends to work in Canada, you must apply for an employment authorization for him/her at the same time.

Currently, the Immigration Services Fees (all listed in Canadian Funds and are paid at the time of border crossing) are:

  • Student Authorization $125
  • Employment Authorization $125

Further Information

Outside of Canada
Contact the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or the Canadian Bureau of International Education. Canadian Embassies around the world 

In Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Canadian Bureau of International Education

Under no circumstances should you leave for Canada until you have received confirmation from Columbia Bible College that you have been admitted and until you have obtained your entry visa and student authorization. It is not possible to change from visitor to student status within Canada - you must leave the country to do this.

Employment for International Students

It is important for International students to be aware that Columbia's admissions requirements are consistent with rules set by the Government of Canada regarding students coming from other countries to study in Canada. One of the most important things that students from outside of Canada need to be aware of is the requirement to provide proof that their financial needs (including tuition and living expenses) are fully covered before entering Canada. Please refer to the the Immigration Canada website for more information on study permits, student visas and employment eligibility.

Admission Requirements for Casual/Audit Applicants

  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must hold a high school diploma or be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be able to demonstrate potential for academic success at Columbia Bible College.
  • Must complete and submit the casual/audit studies application form.

Additional policies

Documentation Requirements

Conditional admissions decision can be made based on unofficial transcripts but, final official copies (copies mailed or faxed directly from the issuing institution) of secondary and post-secondary transcripts or notarized copies of official transcripts (when official copies are not obtainable) must be submitted to the admissions office in order to have conditions and holds removed.

Residential Recovery program Graduates

For graduates of residential recovery programs we require having at least six months of successful independent living away from the program before applying for admission program study at Columbia Bible College.

Recovering Students

If the applicant has a background of addiction and substance abuse, a minimum of one year of sobriety and active membership in a recovery-related community (celebrate recovery, AA, etc.) is required before beginning program studies at Columbia Bible College.

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!




Mike Coppin

Mike Coppin

Admissions Advisor
Fraser Valley
Manitoba & Saskatchewan

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


Leslie Miller

Leslie Miller

Admissions Advisor
BC (excluding Fraser Valley)

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 



Justin Paulsen

Justin Paulsen

Admissions Advisor
Alberta, Eastern Canada & US/International

Justin graduated from the Caregiving and Counselling program, in which he developed an enthusiasm for helping people explore their passions. His favourite things include Netflix, developing awkward semi-friendships with Starbucks Baristas & pretending he will one day organize his iTunes library.

 Contact Justin



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 »