Columbia College

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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.

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