Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL

Questions and Answers

Daion P.
8 days ago
Is Columbia College Chicago admission decision determined by a students portfolio or their academics?
Columbia College Chicago
It can be a mixture! While of course academics carry weight we also look at other materials students give to try and build a picture of who this student is. We look for reasons to admit, not to deny! For all our BA programs, portfolios are not required but if a student wants to go for the portfolio-based scholarship (that is decided by faculty, the experts in the fields), we can at least still see a portfolio and it can only help to show who you are in the Admissions process! Sidenote: portfolios are required for all BFA/ BMus students!
Gabriela R.
21 days ago
What exactly does it mean to attend the Columbia College Chicago honors college vs the non-honors college?
Columbia College Chicago
We have an honors program here at Columbia. If a student meets the requirements and wants to participate in the academic program in it, they can! This is good for students who see themselves as "academic thrill seekers." For folks who enjoy an additional layer of challenge. You get access to honors level courses to fulfill your gen eds and access to optional honors housing. These are some basics about the program!
Gabriela R.
21 days ago
What is the difference between honors housing and regular housing?
Columbia College Chicago
Honor students have the optional honors housing. It's a floor dedicated to students in the honors program! It helps students build community within the program.
Josephine W.
30 days ago
What kind of work study jobs are there at Columbia College Chicago?
Columbia College Chicago
Whether it is from work study or not these are essentially on campus jobs like working front desks to some offices or buildings, being a tutor, helping run facilities, etc! Both work study and non work study folks can apply for on campus jobs!
Mina H.
1 month ago
Can I transfer my high school graphic design credits to Columbia College Chicago?
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago is willing to evaluate any college credit courses a high school student has taken, like dual enrollment.
Robyn B.
1 month ago
Does Columbia College Chicago have a public database of previously transferred courses that have been accepted?
Columbia College Chicago
We use! Students can make a free account and look up their courses to see if they've been transferred in in the past. You can also e-mail our transfer team at for help if you are looking to transfer from a 2 year or a 4 year.

Academic details

Student Faculty Ratio
13 to 1
Least Selective (87% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Diversity statistics

53% White
16% Hispanic
14% Black
5% Multiracial
4% Asian
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Common Careers

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Creative Director85k
Video Producer63k
Marketing Manager61k
Art Director57k
Film / Video Editor55k
Operations Manager50k
Graphic Designer47k
Based on 7,952 student responses
46.6kAvg. Early Career Pay
85.2kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
39%in High-Meaning careers
1%in STEM careers

Financial Snapshot

Average Financial Breakdown
Average grant for incoming freshmen
Average Pell Grant
Average Federal Loans

Average Institutional Grant
Average Total Loans
Published tuition and fees (Out of state)
$27,756 / year
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