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
Apply Online:
Address: 11600 Columbia College Dr, Sonora, CA 95370
Setting: Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,616
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,495 (57% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,176
Out-of-state Tuition: $7,536
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 77%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,004

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Columbia College Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 125
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 42
Education 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Health Professions and Related Programs 23
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 43
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Personal and Culinary Services 42
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 24
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 3842

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,176
Out-of-state $7,536
Books and supplies $1,971

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 173 77%
Grant or scholarship aid 173 77% $5,004
Student loan aid 0 0% $0

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,600 64% $2,887
Federal student loans 0 0% $0

Admissions & Enrollment

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Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 2,616
Undergraduate enrollment 2,616
Graduate enrollment 0

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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