Columbia College Chicago offers exceptional programs in the visual, performing, media, and communication arts. Students with training in these creative areas and students who have a strong interest in them but lack formal training are invited to apply. Columbia seeks to enroll a culturally, geographically, economically, and educationally diverse student body. Through educational experiences, prospective students are expected to demonstrate the preparedness and the motivation that are necessary to meet the college’s high academic standards and expectations.
An admissions review committee evaluates all completed applications for admission to the college.
For more information, please visit colum.edu/admissions.
Second Bachelor’s Degree
If a student has already earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia or another accredited institution, they may earn a second bachelor’s degree at Columbia by completing required courses specified by one of the college’s major-granting departments or programs. All other academic requirements will be considered fulfilled within the curriculum of the previously granted bachelor’s degree. Transfer credits and credits applied to the original degree cannot count toward this degree; however, specific courses may be waived based on work experiences or courses from the original degree. Not all departments offer second bachelor’s degrees.
Retention of Application Materials
Only the application form and transcript(s) are retained in a student’s permanent educational record at Columbia College Chicago. A student’s supplemental materials (letters of recommendation and/or any additional supporting materials) are not permanently retained but are kept on hold for up to one year in Admissions. They are not available for student perusal prior to or after admission to the college. Columbia does retain application materials for students who do not enroll for up to one year after the initial application.
Columbia College Chicago students who interrupt their studies at Columbia for one full academic year or longer must complete the returning student application online. In this case, an academic year is defined as a student consecutively not enrolling for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Upon applying for re-enrollment, the student must meet the academic program and degree completion requirements that are in place at the time of re-enrollment. Transcripts are required for any colleges attended since enrolling at Columbia. Further, a returning student must meet with a college advisor in the College Advising Center prior to registration.
(Formerly Known as Students At-Large)
Students who are not seeking a college degree and who wish to enroll in courses for credit at Columbia College Chicago must complete the nondegree-seeking application. Nondegree students may register for courses at Columbia during open registration each semester after all degree-seeking candidates of the college have registered. Nondegree students must meet all prerequisite requirements for the courses in which they enroll. Credit earned as a nondegree student may be counted toward a Columbia degree if the student later applies for admission to the college and is admitted to an undergraduate program of study. Nondegree seeking students may apply for admission to one of the college’s undergraduate degree programs at any time but may not change their enrollment status mid-semester. Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid through federal, state, or institutional programs or for veterans’ benefits. Applicants who have been denied admission to Columbia through the regular admission process are not eligible to enroll as nondegree students.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition charges are based upon the number of credits for which a student enrolls each semester. A full-time student is one who enrolls for a minimum of 12 credits. Full-time students who enroll for 12 to 16 credits are charged the semester tuition rate. For any additional credit hours of enrollment beyond 16 credits, the student is charged a per-credit-hour rate. A part-time student is one who enrolls for fewer than 12 credits in a semester. For part-time students who enroll in one to 11 credits, tuition is based upon a per-credit-hour rate. Tuition rates, student fees, and refund schedule are established each year. In addition, the college charges students additional fees to provide various student services such as orientation, registration, student activities, health services, and student health insurance. Please consult the Student Financial Services website at www.colum.edu/sfs for up-to-date information.
Instructional Resources Fees
Instructional resources fees support a variety of educational expenses, assist in the maintenance of specialized facilities, and provide the instructional support required by Columbia’s curriculum.
Please consult the Student Financial Services website at www.colum.edu/sfs for up-to-date information on instructional resource fees.