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Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate96%
Acceptance Rate96%

About Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago Overview

Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit school in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1890 and the school enrolls around 6,736 students a year, which includes 6,493 undergrads. Columbia College Chicago provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

📆 Mark your calendar! August 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by November 1.

Student Activities at Columbia College Chicago

Are you interested in music or performing?

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Columbia College Chicago students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Columbia College Chicago does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Columbia College Chicago has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Columbia College Chicago on the Student Life page.

2022 Columbia College Chicago Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 96%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 38%
Tuition $29,270
Percent of Need Met 68.1%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $23,771

Is Columbia College Chicago a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Columbia College Chicago offers and if the college could be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Columbia College Chicago

It is not difficult to get into Columbia College Chicago. Around 96% of applicants get into Columbia College Chicago each year. Out of 7,218 applications received in 2022, 6,903 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia College Chicago

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 62% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Columbia College Chicagoreturn for the next year. Around 50% of students who started at Columbia College Chicago earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Columbia College Chicago Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Columbia College Chicago directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Columbia College Chicago

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Columbia College Chicago meets 68.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $23,771 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $24,954 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Columbia College Chicago.

Based on this information, does Columbia College Chicago seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Columbia College Chicago a good school for you?

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Where is Columbia College Chicago Located?

Columbia College Chicago is located in the urban setting of Chicago, Illinois, in the suburbs of Chicago.

If you would like to see Columbia College Chicago for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 290 to Chicago, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Midway International Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Columbia College Chicago and Chicago are like without leaving home.

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College Info

600 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605-1996

Campus Setting: Urban

Columbia College Chicago Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Columbia College Chicago is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Columbia College Chicago is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Columbia College Chicago ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Columbia College Chicago SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

950 - 1180


Math SAT Range

450 - 578


Reading SAT Range

480 - 618

Columbia College Chicago Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Columbia College Chicago is like? There are approximately 6,736 students enrolled at Columbia College Chicago, including 6,493 undergraduate students and 243 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 58% percent are from IL and 42% percent of students are from other states.


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