Columbia College

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School Overview

Founded in 1890, Columbia College, also known as Columbia College Chicago, is a four-year college located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is recognized for being one of the largest non-profit arts and media colleges in the nation and one of the few schools to offer an undergraduate program in cultural studies. Total annual enrollment at Columbia College exceeds 12,000 students and the college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 120 academic fields and disciplines.

Columbia College is composed of three academic schools and colleges, which include The School of Fine and Performing Arts, which has 9 departments, The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with 6 departments, and The School of Media Arts, with 8 departments. In addition to these three academic schools, the college is also home to several research centers and art collections.

As there are several higher education institutions in the United States that carry the name “Columbia”. Consequently, people often confuse Columbia College with other institutions such as Columbia University and Columbia College Hollywood. Columbia College Chicago is not affiliated with these institutions.

In addition to its main campus located the South Loop district of Chicago (Alexandroff Campus Center), Columbia College has several other campuses, including the Congress Campus, the Wabash Campus, the South Michigan Campus, and a Los Angeles campus.

Currently, Columbia College classes and courses must be completed on campus. Distance learning opportunities through the college are limited and online degree programs are not available at this time.

General Information

Admission Office

600 South Michigan Avenue

Room 301

Chicago, IL 60605-1996

(312) 369-7130

Fax: (312) 369-8024

Contact: Murphy Monroe

Executive Director of Admissions
Main Address

600 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605-1996

(312) 663-1600

Total undergrads: 11,858

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,387

Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,749

Graduate enrollment: 606


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 85%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 65%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Cultural studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B,C
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Arts Management B,C
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B,C
Directing/Theatrical Production B,C
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fashion Design B
Film Production/Cinematography B,C
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B,C
Graphic Design B,C
Illustration B,C
Industrial Design B,C
Interior Design B
Jazz Studies B
Multimedia B,C
Music – General B,C
Music – General Performance B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Photography B,C
Playwriting/Screenwriting B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B
Fashion Merchandising B
Marketing Management B,C

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B,C

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects B,C
Recording Arts Technology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Game design and development B
Web/Multimedia Design B


Early Childhood Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B

Foreign Language & Literature

Sign Language Interpretation B,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary arts B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Columbia College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(209) 588-5100
Type of School:2-year, Public
Address:11600 Columbia College Dr, Sonora, CA 95370
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:2,420
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:1,599 (66% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$1,162
Out-of-state Tuition:$6,658
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:70%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,533

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Columbia College Programs

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services103
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services41
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences21
Health Professions and Related Programs23
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Mathematics and Statistics1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation33
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Personal and Culinary Services31
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences23
Visual and Performing Arts3
Grand total3134

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,746

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid16070%
Grant or scholarship aid16070%$4,533
Student loan aid00%$0

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,51162%$2,728
Federal student loans00%$0

Admissions & Enrollment

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Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Columbia College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment2,420
Undergraduate enrollment2,420
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Columbia College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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