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About Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit school located in the urban setting of Chicago, IL, less than an hour from Chicago.

Founded in 1890, Columbia College Chicago currently enrolls around 6,769 students a year, including 6,542 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Admissions Facts About Columbia College Chicago

Acceptance rate: 90%

Average GPA: 3.42

Does not offer early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Columbia College Chicago is August 15

All regular decision applicants should hear back November 1.

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What is Columbia College Chicago's acceptance rate?

Admission to Columbia College Chicago is slightly difficult. Columbia College Chicago accepts around 90 percent of applicants each year. Last year, 8,061 students applied to Columbia College Chicago and 7,217 were admitted.

The average high school GPA for a student at Columbia College Chicago is 3.42 /4.0.

Is Columbia College Chicago a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,787 students who started at Columbia College Chicago as first-time freshman, 746 graduate within four years.

Around 50 percent 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 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $9,805 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Columbia College Chicago sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Columbia College Chicago a good school for YOU?

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Columbia College Chicago's application deadline is August 1. All applicants will be notified by November 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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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 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.

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Columbia College Chicago ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Columbia College Chicago is 24. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Columbia College Chicago. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Columbia College Chicago SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1190


Math SAT Range

470 - 580


Reading SAT Range

490 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1190 and Above


960 to 1190


960 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Columbia College Chicago students is 1079. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Columbia College Chicago, while applicants with SAT scores between 960 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 960 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Columbia College Chicago.

Columbia College Chicago Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Columbia College Chicago is like? There are approximately 6,947 students enrolled at Columbia College Chicago, including 6,708 undergraduate students and 239 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 57% percent are from IL and 43% percent of students are from other states.


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