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Columbia College Chicago Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Columbia College Chicago, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 15 and the application fee costs $25. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Columbia College Chicago by November 1.

Considering Applying Early to Columbia College Chicago?

Columbia College Chicago does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Columbia College Chicago Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Columbia College Chicago is slightly difficult. Columbia College Chicago evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Columbia College Chicago accepted 90% of all applicants., around 7,217 of the 8,061 students who applied.

Schools that are slightly difficult to get into, like Columbia College Chicago, MIN

Transfer student admissions is slightly difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Columbia College Chicago?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Columbia College Chicago

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Columbia College Chicago 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Columbia College Chicago must submit the following items. Double check with Columbia College Chicago's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements ACT, SAT, AP, IB scores
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Columbia College Chicago?

Students admitted to Columbia College Chicago have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 46.1% submitted a class rank. At Columbia College Chicago 10.9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 33.7% were in the top 25% and 71.5% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Columbia College Chicago, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 46.1%
3.75 and 3.99 15.2%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 18%
3.00 and 3.24 13.5%
2.50 and 2.9 15.6%
2.00 and 2.49 4.3%
Columbia College Chicago does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Columbia College Chicago does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to Columbia College Chicago

For transfer students, it is slightly difficult to get admitted to Columbia College Chicago.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by November 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Columbia College Chicago during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

Columbia College Chicago Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Columbia College Chicago?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Columbia College Chicago.

Does Columbia College Chicago accept transfer credits?

Columbia College Chicago accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Columbia College Chicago accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does Columbia College Chicago accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Columbia College Chicago accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Columbia College Chicago?

Columbia College Chicago. is not test optional. Test scores are will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

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Columbia College Chicago Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Columbia College Chicago? Columbia College Chicago is a less selective institution. The Columbia College Chicago acceptance rate is 90%. This means that the institution accepts 89 out of every 100 applicants.



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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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Columbia College Chicago GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Columbia College Chicago, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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