If you are applying to Columbia College Chicago, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is August 1 and the fee for the application is $25.
Students who apply to Columbia College Chicago for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than November 1.
The following is an overiew of some of Columbia College Chicago's admissions stats.
|Columbia College Chicago 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.4|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||11%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are not considered|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||38%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||17%|
These are the application deadlines for Columbia College Chicago.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Info Not Available||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Regular Decision||Yes||August 1||November 1|
Columbia College Chicago may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Columbia College Chicago directly for more information about early applications.
➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
Transfer student admissions is not difficult.
Columbia College Chicago has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
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 when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.
Wondering what factors are considered by Columbia College Chicago during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
Make sure to check with Columbia College Chicago for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Columbia College Chicago, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Columbia College Chicago's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Other Requirements||√||ACT, SAT, AP, IB scores|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Columbia College Chicago have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.
Out of all students that were admitted, 39% submitted a class rank. At Columbia College Chicago 11% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 34% were in the top 25% and 70% were in the top 50%.
At Columbia College Chicago, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||14%|
|3.50 and 3.74||18%|
|3.25 and 3.49||16%|
|3.00 and 3.24||15%|
|2.50 and 2.9||16%|
|2.00 and 2.49||5%|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Columbia College Chicago directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Columbia College Chicago does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of 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.
In 2022, 38% of Columbia College Chicago's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Columbia College Chicago applicants, you should aim to score between 950 and 1180 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Columbia College Chicago 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1180 and 25% of scored lower than 950, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Columbia College Chicago students scored 578 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Columbia College Chicago students scored 618 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.
To be most competitive at Columbia College Chicago, you should strive to earn between 20 and 28 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Columbia College Chicago's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.
A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Columbia College Chicago students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.
For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Columbia College Chicago.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.
Transfer students can enroll in Columbia College Chicago during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
• Summer Term
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:
• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES
Does Columbia College Chicago accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ Columbia College Chicago accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Columbia College Chicago?
✅ Columbia College Chicago is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.
What is Columbia College Chicago's acceptance rate?
✅ Columbia College Chicago's acceptance rate is 96%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Columbia College Chicago?
🟨 Columbia College Chicago may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.
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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 96%. This means that the institution accepts 95 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
28 and Above
20 to 28
20 and Less
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Columbia College Chicago, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. 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.
Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
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