Tuition & Fees

$26,610

$26,610

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
7%
600-699
37%
500-599
38%
400-499
17%
300-399
1%
700-800
4%
600-699
18%
500-599
50%
400-499
23%
300-399
5%
30-36
7%
24-29
36%
18-23
45%
12-17
12%
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undergraduateRatios

42%

male

58%

female

1

teacher

13

students

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Not Selective

87%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,041
Declined + 1,047
Total Received 8,088
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Private (nonprofit)

6,568

undergraduate students

257

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Cinema Art/science
  2. Fashion Business
  3. Graphic Design
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Codes

SAT 1135
ACT 1002

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Location

School Facts

Columbia College Chicago, founded in 1890, is a private non-profit institution. Its campus is located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 6,825
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: 2,716,450).

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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
34%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
71%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
12%
Top 1/4
35%
Top 1/2
72%
Bottom 1/2
28%
Bottom 1/4
6%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
7%
600-699
37%
500-599
38%
400-499
17%
300-399
1%
700-800
4%
600-699
18%
500-599
50%
400-499
23%
300-399
5%
30-36
7%
24-29
36%
18-23
45%
12-17
12%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
($100 for international applicants)
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15 (priority deadline)
August 15
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

87%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,041
Declined + 1,047
Total Received 8,088

Admissions Factors

Important

Secondary school record

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Standardized test scores
Work Experience

Not Considered

Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work

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Admissions Contact

Derek Brinkley
Senior Director of Admissions and Recruitment
P: 312 369-7130
F: 312 369-8024
admissions@colum.edu

Financial Aid

50%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$14,142

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $26,610
Total $26,610
Average Financial Aid - $14,142
Total with Avg. Aid $12,468

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $13,151,643
State $5,962,351
Institutional $32,444,717
Other external $853,247
Total $52,411,958

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $2,330,017
Other external
Total $2,330,017
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Financial Aid Deadline

FAFSA
June 30

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 312 369-7140
F: 312 369-8436
sfs@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
Acoustics
Acting
Art History
Art/Materials Conservation
Arts Management
Arts/Entertainment/Media Management
Audio Arts/Acoustics
Audio Design/Production
Cinema Art/Science
Cinema Directing
Civic Media
Comedy Writing/Performance
Communication
Composition
Composition/Production
Computer Animation
Contemporary/Urban/Popular Music
Creative Producing
Creative Writing/Fiction
Creative Writing/Nonfiction
Creative Writing/Poetry
Cultural Studies
Dance
Deaf Studies
Design Management
English
European Devised Performance Practice
Fashion Business
Fashion Design
Fashion Studies
Fiction
Filmmaking
Fine Arts
Game Art
Game Design
Game Programming
Graphic Design
Illustration
Interaction Design
Interdisciplinary Book/Paper Arts
Interdisciplinary Documentary
Interdisciplinary Major
Interior Architecture
Journalism
Live/Installed Sound
Marketing
Media Management
Multimedia Journalism
Multimedia Photojournalism
Music
Music Business
Music Composition for the Screen
Music Technology
Musical Theatre
Nonfiction
Photography
Photojournalism
Poetry
Programming
Public Relations
Radio
Social Media/Digital Strategy
Sports Management
TV Executive Producing/Entrepreneurship
Television
Theatre
Theatre Design
Theatre Design/Technology
Traditional Animation
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Cinema Art/science
  2. Fashion Business
  3. Graphic Design

Programs Offered

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

6,825

total students

54%

in-state

46%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

96%

6,568
students

Female
58%
3,791

Male
42%
2,777

4%

257
students

Female
64%
164

Male
36%
93

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

92%

6,073
students

Female
59%
3,523

Male
41%
2,550

8%

495
students

Female
55%
268

Male
45%
227

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Student Break-down

5%
Nonresident aliens
13%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Hispanic/Latino
53%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
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

88%

Transfer applicants accepted

54%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: 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
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 28
Countries most often represented Brazil
China
India
Malaysia
Mexico
South Korea
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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