Tuition & Fees

$26,090

$26,090

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
7%
24-29
37%
18-23
45%
12-17
11%
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undergraduateRatios

46%

male

54%

female

1

teacher

14

students

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Not Selective

91%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,438
Declined + 679
Total Received 8,117
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Private (nonprofit)

7,027

undergraduate students

285

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Cinema Art/science
  2. Fashion Business
  3. Music Business Management
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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 7,312
Established in 1890
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)
•  HLC Higher Learning Commission

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Chicago, IL

Campus in downtown Chicago (population: 2,704,958).

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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
74%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
10%
Top 1/4
32%
Top 1/2
64%
Bottom 1/2
36%
Bottom 1/4
9%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
7%
24-29
37%
18-23
45%
12-17
11%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
($100 for international applicants)
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline April 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Reasoning only Considered if submitted
SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted
ACT only Considered if submitted

Not Selective

91%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,438
Declined + 679
Total Received 8,117

Admissions Factors

Considered

Class rank
Essay
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Standardized test scores
Work Experience

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
Secondary school record
State residency
Volunteer Work

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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

Financial Aid

Average financial aid
Not Reported

Cost

Tuition $26,090
Total $26,090

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
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Financial Aid Deadline

FAFSA
June 30

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 866 705-0200
F: 312 369-8436
contactsfs@colum.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Cynthia Grunden
Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Services
cgrunden@colum.edu

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
ASL/English Interpreting
Acting
Acting with International Performance Study
Advanced Management
Advertising
Advertising Art Direction
Animation
Art History
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
Creative Writing/Fiction
Creative Writing/Nonfiction
Creative Writing/Poetry
Cultural Studies
Dance
Deaf Studies
Design Management
European Devised Performance Practice
Fashion Business
Fashion Design
Fashion Studies
Fiction
Fine Arts
Game Art
Game Design
Game Programming
Graphic Design
Illustration
Interaction 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
Multimedia Journalism
Multimedia Photojournalism
Music
Music Business Management
Music Composition for the Screen
Music Technology
Musical Theatre
Nonfiction
Performance
Photography
Poetry
Public Relations
Radio
Social Media/Digital Strategy
Sports Management
TV Executive Producing/Entrepreneurship
Television
Theatre
Theatre Design
Theatre Design/Technology
Theatre Directing
Theatre Technology
Traditional Animation
Visual Arts Management
Writing for Performance
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Cinema Art/science
  2. Fashion Business
  3. Music Business Management

Programs Offered

  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Internships

7,312

total students

54%

in-state

46%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

96%

7,027
students

Female
54%
3,795

Male
46%
3,232

4%

285
students

Female
66%
187

Male
34%
98

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

91%

6,436
students

Female
54%
3,475

Male
46%
2,961

9%

591
students

Female
55%
320

Male
45%
271

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Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
13%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
15%
Hispanic/Latino
54%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

95%

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 Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Winter: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

75

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

45

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Tape recorders
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International Students

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

International Student Contact

Susan Strow
Director International Admissions
312 369-7318
sstrow@colum.edu

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