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Tuition & Fees

$27,088

$27,088

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
8%
24-29
34%
18-23
45%
12-17
13%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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undergraduateRatios

42%

58%

male

female

1
13

teacher

students

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Not Selective

88%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,333
Declined + 994
Total Received 8,327
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Private (nonprofit)

7,809

undergraduate students

311

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Cinema Art/science
  2. Business/entrepreneurship
  3. Design
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Codes

SAT 1135
ACT 1002

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School Facts

Columbia College Chicago, founded in 1890, is a private, non-profit, four-year college of the visual, performing, media, and communication arts. Its campus is located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 8,120
Established in 1890
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ACICS (Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools)
•  NCACS (North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

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Chicago, IL

Campus in downtown Chicago (population: 2,720,546).

Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1996

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
31%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
74%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
11%
Top 1/4
30%
Top 1/2
64%
Bottom 1/2
36%
Bottom 1/4
10%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
8%
24-29
34%
18-23
45%
12-17
13%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $35
($100 for international applicants)
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline February 1 (priority deadline)
May 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Recommended
SAT or ACT Recommended

Not Selective

88%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,333
Declined + 994
Total Received 8,327

Admissions Factors

Important

Particular talent/ability

Considered

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Recommendations
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Derek Brinkley
Senior Director of Admissions and Recruitment
P: 877 926-5862
F: 312 369-8024
admissions@colum.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $15,970,432
State $6,987,989
Institutional $37,712,007
Other external $1,098,632
Total $61,769,060

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional
Other external
Total

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
ASL/English Interpreting
Acting
Acting with International Performance Study
Advanced Management
Advertising
Advertising Art Direction
Animation
Art History
Art/Design
Art/Materials Conservation
Arts Management
Arts/Entertainment/Media Management
Audio Arts/Acoustics
Audio Design/Production
Cinema Art/Science
Cinema Directing
Comedy Writing/Performance
Communication
Composition
Computer Animation
Contemporary/Urban/Popular Music
Creative Producing
Cultural Studies
Dance
Dance/Movement Therapy
Deaf Studies
Design Management
Early Childhood Education
European Devised Performance Practice
Fashion Business
Fashion Design
Fiction
Fiction Writing
Fine Arts
Game Art
Game Design
Game Programming
Graphic Design
Illustration
Interactive Design
Interdisciplinary Arts/Media
Interdisciplinary Book/Paper Arts
Interdisciplinary Documentary
Interdisciplinary Major
Interior Architecture
International Arts Management
Journalism
Live/Installed Sound
Live/Performing Arts Management
Marketing
Media Management
Mobile Media Programming
Multimedia Journalism
Music
Music Business Management
Music Composition for the Screen
Music Technology
Musical Theatre
Nonfiction
Nonfiction Writing
Performance
Photography
Poetry
Public Relations
Radio
Social Media/Digital Strategy
Sports Management
Television
Theatre
Theatre Design
Theatre Directing
Theatre Technology
Traditional Animation
Visual Arts Management
Writing for Performance
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Undergraduate

96%

7,809
students

Female
58%
4,501

Male
42%
3,308

Graduate

4%

311
students

Female
64%
199

Male
36%
112

undergraduateFull-time

91%

7,142
students

Female
59%
4,152

Male
41%
2,990

undergraduatePart-time

9%

667
students

Female
53%
349

Male
47%
318

Student Break-down

3%
Nonresident aliens
14%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Hispanic/Latino
54%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

92%

Transfer applicants accepted

50%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Recommended of All
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

75

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

12

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Tape recorders

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 42
Countries most often represented China
India
Malaysia
Mexico
South Korea
Taiwan
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Susan Strow
Assistant Director, International Focus
312 369-7318
sstrow@colum.edu

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