Columbia College Chicago requires at least 120 credits to complete a bachelor's degree.
There is no accelarated degree program at Columbia College Chicago, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Columbia College Chicago accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, Columbia College Chicago has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 50% of students who start college at Columbia College Chicago graduate within six years.
Columbia College Chicago offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Columbia College Chicago may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Columbia College Chicago has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Columbia College Chicago directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Columbia College Chicago students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Columbia College Chicago.
Student Designed Majors
Columbia College Chicago allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Columbia College Chicago does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Columbia College Chicago offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ Columbia College Chicago has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ Columbia College Chicago offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Columbia College Chicago offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.
❌ Columbia College Chicago studets are not required to complete an internship.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Columbia College Chicago does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.
The main library on campus is the Columbia College Chicago Library and there are no other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
Columbia College Chicago does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Columbia College Chicago have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Columbia College Chicago has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Columbia College Chicago include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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