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Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is the largest and most diverse private non-profit arts and media college in the nation with more then 120 academic programs and nearly 12,500 students. Because of our size, we offer an unparalleled array of courses with exceptional technological resources in the heart of one of America's greatest cities.

Located in downtown Chicago's vibrant South Loop neighborhood, Columbia is a non profit creative academic community that takes a practical approach to arts education. Our programs in the visual, performing, and media arts are firmly rooted in a rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum, which provides students with the essential context in which to practice their craft, develop their voice, and launch a sustainable career.

Just about every corner of Chicago speaks of our involvement in the community. Competitions, awards, and professional forums are sponsored by Columbia College Chicago. Current students, faculty, and alumni broadcast over the local television and radio airwaves, perform in our city venues, and publish writing available in our city bookstores. Every student at Columbia is a part of Chicago’s vibrant and inspiring urban life—as well as a critical player in the burgeoning growth of its world-class social and cultural scene.

Columbia College Chicago believes in the power of your creativity. Join our community of outstanding faculty and alumni by applying to become a fellow Columbia student today.

Art/Art Studies, Generalx  
Broadcast Journalismx  
Business Administration and Management, Generalx  
Cinematography and Film/Video Productionx  
Commercial and Advertising Artx  
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Otherx  
Creative Writingx  
Dance Therapy/Therapistx  
Dance, Generalx  
Design and Visual Communications, Generalx  
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, Generalx  
Early Childhood Education and Teachingx  
Fashion/Apparel Designx  
Film/Cinema/Video Studiesx  
Fine and Studio Arts Managementx  
Fine/Studio Arts, Generalx  
Industrial and Product Designx  
Interior Designx  
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teachingx  
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studiesx  
Marketing/Marketing Management, Generalx  
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Generalx  
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Otherx  
Music Managementx  
Music Performance, Generalx  
Music, Generalx  
Playwriting and Screenwritingx  
Public Relations/Image Managementx  
Radio and Televisionx  
Recording Arts Technology/Technicianx  
Sign Language Interpretation and Translationx  
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Otherx  
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Otherx  
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technologyx  
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Designx  

Academic Life

Columbia College Chicago offers an incredible range of opportunities for you to explore what you love. We offer a full list of majors and concentrations, from our new Art and Materials Conservation major to our critically acclaimed Film and Video program to our high-ranking Fashion Design program.

Campus Life

At Columbia College Chicago, every facet of the collegiate experience is designed to empower the student. Enjoy some of the insider perks of being a student at Columbia:

With nearly 100 student organizations, Columbia College Chicago offers students myriad opportunities to independently organize events, clubs, and initiatives that give voice to their passions, politics, and creative interests. Whether you have a passion for writing (Fictionary Magazine) or anime (Japanese Anime and Manga) or softball (Columbia Renegades), each one of the clubs, groups, and organizations on our campus is proudly student-created, student-run, and student-promoted. We happily give you the venues and the resources your need to organize and execute.

As well, each Department offers its unique contribution to the city’s arts landscape. The annual Story Week brings in a slate of writers that has the New Yorker Festival green with envy. Our Fashion Week has New York fashion bloggers on attention as we showcase emerging fashion talent from our program. We host a citywide poetry festival inviting the top undergraduate poets from our and other top creative writing collegiate programs throughout Chicago. From student concerts to guest lectures, the list continues, and therein surely exists an opportunity for you to shine.

Financial Aid / Tuition

Our Student Financial Services department is available to assist all students in the research of funding sources, including scholarships, grants, and loans.

Regarding scholarships, in 2010, nearly 48% of new freshmen received scholarship support from Columbia College with awards averaging $5,000–$10,000 per student. Scholarship awards were based on the student’s admission application date, high school GPA, and receipt of the student’s FAFSA. The earlier you apply, the better. 


For all domestic students, there are three key parts to Columbia’s application:
1 of 3   Application, including housing portion, essay and application fee
2 of 3   Letter of recommendation
3 of 3   Official transcript(s) 

Additional requirements may vary based on major and concentration. 

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