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Columbia College Chicago Overview

Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Chicago, Illinois. The city atmosphere of Chicago makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Columbia College Chicago Known For?

1,560 Undergraduate Awards
$40,803 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Columbia is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 31% of the faculty were full-time.

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Columbia has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#19 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#20 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Columbia College Chicago?

Location of Columbia College Chicago

Contact details for Columbia are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605-1996
Phone: 312-369-1000

How Do I Get Into Columbia?

You can apply to Columbia online at:

Admission Requirements for Columbia

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Columbia?

92% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
Since Columbia has an acceptance rate of 92%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 88%, and the acceptance rate for women is 94%.

Can I Afford Columbia College Chicago?

$40,803 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
9.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Columbia is $40,803. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Columbia, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,956 a year. That adds up to $31,824 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Columbia is 9.4%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,073 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,568 undergraduate students at Columbia, with 6,073 being full-time and 495 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Columbia

There are also 257 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,073 full-time undergraduates at Columbia, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Columbia

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Columbia College Chicago students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Columbia Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 243
Black or African American 775
Hispanic or Latino 991
White 3,242
International Students 327
Other Races/Ethnicities 495

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Columbia College Chicago. At this time, all 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

At this time, 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 71 countries are represented at Columbia. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at Columbia College Chicago

14 Took All Classes Online
14 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2017-2018, 14 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Columbia has changed over the last few years.


Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 331 0 23 354
Design & Applied Arts 253 0 0 253
Drama & Theater Arts 185 0 3 188
Arts & Media Management 149 0 17 166
Music 72 0 13 85
Writing Studies 52 0 26 78
Business Administration & Management 63 0 0 63
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 63 0 0 63
Audiovisual Communications 63 0 0 63
Public Relations & Advertising 55 0 0 55
Journalism 45 0 6 51
Graphic Communications 47 0 0 47
Marketing 43 0 0 43
Fine & Studio Arts 30 0 5 35
American Sign Language 28 0 0 28
Dance 25 0 0 25
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 0 5 17 22
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 17 0 1 18
Ethnic Studies 13 0 0 13
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9 0 0 9
Health & Physical Education 6 0 0 6
Physics 5 0 0 5
Computer Programming 4 0 0 4
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 2 0 2
Communication & Media Studies 1 0 0 1
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,560 7 111 1,678


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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