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Columbia Theological Seminary

Columbia Seminary prepares students for ministry both academically and practically. Students are challenged to think deeply and critically while at the same time actively participating in community and ministry.

Distance Learning Courses

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Founded in 1828 in Lexington, GA by a regional group of Presbyterian pastors, Columbia Theological Seminary was created to train people for leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ. The seminary has nurtured, and has been nurtured by, the southern Presbyterians up through its present affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 1830, Columbia, SC became the first location of the seminary.


Columbia Theological Seminary regularly exceeds standards set for the 10 seminaries which are in relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Columbia consistently receives top scores on ordination examinations, while training students for the practical work of ministry in the community. Additionally, it reports on educational effectiveness to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) based on questionnaires submitted by recent alumni/ae, and internal evaluations of learning outcomes.


Housing services

Florida Hall

  • This residence hall offers efficiencies, suites, and individual rooms, all with private baths. Most single rooms are fully furnished. Furnished suites consist of two rooms and a private bath. Efficiency apartments are unfurnished and available to single students if these units have not been assigned to married students. 
New Residence Hall
  • This building contains one-bedroom apartments for singles, two- and four-bedroom apartments that can be shared by full-time students, as well as suites and studios. All units include private bathrooms (one per bedroom). Apartments have full kitchens, including refrigerators and microwave ovens. 

Medical services

At Columbia, we take the mental and spiritual health of our students seriously.

Student Life

Campus life

Columbia Theological Seminary is a campus and a neighborhood. The Columbia Seminarycommunity is distinctive in that many faculty and staff members live in 21 seminary—owned houses on streets encircfing the campus. The warmth of community life is one of the seminary's great strengths.We maintain a variety of comfortable, affordable apartrnent units and residence on campus. For students who prehr to live off campus, there are a variety of housing options within easy commuting distance.

Student clubs

Student Government Association (SGA), African Heritage Student Association (AHSA), Asian Student Association (ASA)


Columbia Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award masters and doctorate degrees.

Decatur, Georgia, United States

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