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About Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Columbia College Chicago will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Columbia College Chicago Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Columbia College Chicago Overview

Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Chicago, Illinois. Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1890 and now enrolls around 6,769 students a year, including 6,542 undergrads. Columbia College Chicago offers on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Columbia College Chicago! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Columbia College Chicago's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or 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.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Columbia College Chicago, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

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.

Learn more about life at Columbia College Chicago on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! August 15, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by November 1.

2021 Columbia College Chicago Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 90%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Average GPA 3.4
Tuition $26,610

Is Columbia College Chicago a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a clearer idea of what Columbia College Chicago offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Columbia College Chicago

It is slightly difficult to get into Columbia College Chicago. The acceptance rate at Columbia College Chicago is 90%. Out of 8,061 applications received in 2021, 7,217 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia College Chicago

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 69% of students who start at Columbia College Chicago come back for their second year of college. Around 50% of students who started at Columbia College Chicago earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Columbia College Chicago Graduates

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

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 0.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $19,577 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $9,805 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 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

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! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Columbia College Chicago. Based on this information, how does Columbia College Chicago sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! 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.

If you want 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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600 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605-1996

Campus Setting: Urban

Columbia College Chicago Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Columbia College Chicago is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Columbia College Chicago is Aug 15.

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


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Wondering what life at Columbia College Chicago is like? There are approximately 6,769 students enrolled at Columbia College Chicago, including 6,542 undergraduate students and 227 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 59% percent are from IL and 41% percent of students are from other states.


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