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New Freshman (No Transfer Credit)

New Freshman (No Transfer Credit)

All new students must take the COMPASS New Student Placement, unless: If you do not meet these criteria, you must complete a COMPASS Placement.

Placement Options

New students may choose to take the COMPASS placement on campus for free, or at a location closer to their home for a fee. 

On-campus Option:

On-campus placement is free for Columbia students and no appointment is needed!  New students should take their placements one business day (Monday through Friday) before August 22.   

Fall 2014 On-campus Placement Sessions: March 10 - August 22, Monday through Friday starting at 9:30 am and starting at 1:00 pm, except holidays.

Please note: There is no placement during Spring Break, March 24-28.

Read more about Preparing for Placement here.

Remote Option:

New Columbia students may take their COMPASS placements at another college placement facility closer to their home for a fee ranging from $25 to $75. New students must complete this placement at least one business day before their orientation date.

Fall 2014 Remote Placement: March 10 - August 15. All Remote COMPASS scheduling must be reserved through Columbia’s Learning Studio by calling: (312) 369-8130.

Read more about Remote Placement here.

 

Submitting ACT Scores

ACT or SAT scores can be used in place of New Student Placement Scores. 

You must send your ACT or SAT score report via email, mail, or fax to: 

Email: admissions@colum.edu

Mail:

Columbia College Chicago, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605


Fax: 312.369.8024

ACT Scores:

  1. Go to www.actstudent.org
  2. Login, password, password again.
  3. Select View Your Scores, not Send Your Scores.
  4. Student can scan or take a screenshot of their scores with their name and ACT logo appearing clearly.
  5. Student should save their scan or screenshot of their scores as a JPEG attachment and email it to: admissions@colum.edu.
  6. Student should include their name and OASIS I.D. Number in the email message.
  7. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with Admissions that their ACT scores were received by Columbia College Chicago, and that they are converted scores in OASIS.

SAT Scores:

  1. Go to www.collegeboard.com and click the purple link: Students.
  2. User name, password; click sign-in.
  3. Prompt appears: Welcome + student's name.
  4. Click on My tests and My Scores.
  5. Type password again and scores now appear on screen.
  6. Student should scan or take a screenshot of their scores with their name and SAT logo appearing clearly.
  7. Student should save their scan or screenshot of their scores as a JPEG attachment and email it to: admissions@colum.edu.
  8. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with Admissions that their SAT scores were received by Columbia College Chicago, and that they are converted scores in OASIS.

You must confirm receipt of your scores by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 312.369.7130 or email admissions@colum.edu.  Please allow 3-5 business days for them to receive and process your scores.

If you have submitted ACT or SAT scores but would still like to take a placement to try to place in a higher level course, you are welcome to complete a COMPASS placement.