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Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate95%

Columbia College Chicago Admissions

Columbia College Chicago is not difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Columbia College Chicago is 95%. Out of 7,701 applications received in 2023, 7,298 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Columbia College Chicago, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 8/1 and the fee for the application is $25.

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

Columbia College Chicago Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Columbia College Chicago's admissions stats.

Columbia College Chicago 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 9.6%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist No

Columbia College Chicago Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Columbia College Chicago.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 1 November 1

Applying Early to Columbia College Chicago?

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

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

More on Columbia College Chicago Admissions

Transferring to Columbia College Chicago

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Columbia College Chicago Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Columbia College Chicago

What does Columbia College Chicago consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Columbia College Chicago for more information on admission factors.

Columbia College Chicago 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Columbia College Chicago, all applicants 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)
Other Requirements ACT, SAT, AP, IB scores
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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, 43.65% submitted a class rank. At Columbia College Chicago 9.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 31.5% were in the top 25% and 64.1% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Columbia College Chicago, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 20.33%
3.75 and 3.99 13.44%
3.50 and 3.74 17.44%
3.25 and 3.49 14.1%
3.00 and 3.24 12.39%
2.50 and 2.9 15.34%
2.00 and 2.49 6.62%

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.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

More Information on Transferring to Columbia College Chicago

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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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:

• 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.

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

✅ Columbia College Chicago is not test optional.

What is Columbia College Chicago's acceptance rate?

✅ Columbia College Chicago has an acceptance rate of 95%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Columbia College Chicago?

❌ Columbia College Chicago does not offer early decision.

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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 95%. This means that the institution accepts 94 out of every 100 applicants.


Columbia College Chicago Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

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

Columbia College Chicago SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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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 3.41. 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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