Undergraduate & Graduate
Degree Programs, Online Programs

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Cultural Mile, Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for nearly 7,000 students in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging, and collaborative space for students who see the world through a creative lens

  • Columbia College Chicago is accredited at the graduate and undergraduate levels by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

  • Columbia is accredited as a teacher training institution by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Minimum Application

Requirements

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    • TOEFL - 80
    • IELTS - 6.5
    • PTE - 60
    • Duolingo - 105
Awards And Rankings
  • One of only 16 accredited colleges that offer BA degrees in ASL-English Interpretation.

  • Most Innovative School in the Midwest 2021 US News & World Report

  • Top American Film Schools 2021 The Hollywood Reporter

  • Graphic Design Program in Illinois, Top 50 Nationally Animation Career Review

  • Top 100 Best Fine Arts Graduate Program 2020 US News & World Report

  • Top 25 Graphic Design Schools in the Midwest Animation Career Review

  • Best Photography Schools in the U.S. 2022 The Art Career Project

  • Top 20 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Midwest 2019 Animation Career Review

Highlights
  • Located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Cultural Mile, Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • Columbia’s tuition and fees–$27,786 for '21-'22–are among the most affordable of all private arts and media colleges in the nation

Location
Scholarships

Merit Scholarship

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  • Separate Application: No

Application Checklist
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    Submit Online Application

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    $25 Application Fee

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    Official Secondary Transcripts provided via email or mailing by previously attended institutions

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    WES/EDC/EP Transcript Evaluation for transfer students

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    Proof of English Proficiency

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    Personal Statement

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    Portfolio/Audition required for BFA and BMus degrees applicants

Application Deadline
Fall
BFA And BMus Programs Except Interior Architecture January 19 Other Programs April 15
Spring
Acting 89(BFA) And Musical Theatre Performance (BFA)
December 1 Other Programs December 15

*The application deadline is subject to change. And each major may have different deadline. Please double check with your IPERC adviser.

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