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The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students by providing an admission application—online and in print—that students may submit to any of the more than 400 colleges that are members of the organization.

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There are five parts to Columbia’s admission using the Common Application:

 

 

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(1 of 5) Using the Common Application

 Your Common Application includes a required essay portion. Common Applicants must complete a separate on-campus housing application.

Essay questions

All applicants are required to complete an essay. Online applicants, please type your response directly into the online application, or upload your essay as a Word or text file, if desired.

Please respond to one of six essay questions:

Option 1

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Option 2

Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.

Option 3

Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.

Option 4

Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.

Option 5

A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.

Option 6

Topic of your choice.


(2 of 5) Letters of recommendation


$35 application fee

There is a $35 non-refundable application fee. Students can either submit their payment online in the final step of the application process, use Columbia's online payment form, or send a check or money order payable to Columbia College Chicago. Your options to pay the application fee follow below:

Common Application

Pay during application process

Online after submitting your application

Columbia online payment form

In person or by mail

Columbia College Chicago
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave, Room 301
Chicago, IL 60605-1996
If paying by check or money order, please be sure to include the student’s full name and social security number, if available. Please do not mail cash.

 

 


(3 of 5) Letters of recommendation

The Common Application requires two letters of recommendation from your instructors, counselors, advisors, or other individuals to complete your admission file. For your convenience, the online application provides the option of sending an e-mail notification directly to the people you’ve chosen to complete your recommendations. Each person will be invited to complete the recommendation online with ease and will not need to mail, fax, or e-mail their recommendation. If using this option, please be prepared with the e-mail address of the person making the recommendation.

Alternatively, you may choose to download our recommendation form to be completed by your Recommender. Please note: the applicant must complete the top portion of the form.

If you are submitting recommendations separately from the main application, send them to us using one of the following methods.

In person or by mail

Columbia College Chicago
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave, Room 301
Chicago, IL 60605-1996

By fax

312-369-8024

By e-mail

admissions@colum.edu
Please be sure the recommendation is in the body of the e-mail, as attachments will not be accepted. The full name and Social Security Number of the applicant, if available, should be featured at the very top the message.

 

Columbia Letter of Recom-
mendation Form PDF
(optional)


(4 of 5) Official transcripts

All applicants, including transfer students, are required to submit their official high school transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

High school applicant

Have your most recent and/or final transcript sent by your school.

GED applicant

Have an official copy of your GED test results (including your scores) sent from the testing agency. Certificates of GED completion are not accepted.

Home-school applicant

Have an official copy of your home school transcript sent from a state-recognized home school.

Transfer applicant

Transfer applicants who have earned 15 credit hours or more of transferable college credit from an accredited college or university are typically not required to submit their high school transcript. 

  

However, Transfer applicants who wish to present a fuller picture of their academic abilities may supplement their admissions application by including their High School transcript or GED certificate for review. 

  

Please Note:  At its sole discretionColumbia’s Admissions Review Committee may request additional documentation, including official High School Transcript, or GED certificate from applicants at any stage of the review process.



To all applicants, select one of the following methods to submit your official transcripts:

In person or by mail

Columbia College Chicago
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave, Room 301
Chicago, IL 60605-1996

By fax

312-369-8024
We will accept faxed transcripts marked clearly as "official" if sent directly by the issuing institution. We are unable to accept faxed transcripts from the individual applicant.

By e-mail

admissions@colum.edu
Transcripts sent via e-mail must be sent directly by the issuing institution. We are unable to accept transcripts from the applicant.



Regarding Test Scores

If you have taken the ACT or SAT, and your scores are not on your high school transcript, please arrange to have your test results forwarded separately to the Admissions Office. Although the ACT or SAT is not required for admission to Columbia College Chicago, these tests are valuable tools for advising new students. All students are strongly encouraged to complete one of them while they are in high school. In many cases ACT scores may be used as an alternative to the College’s placement tests.

 


(5 of 5) Immunization records

All applicants are required to have their immunization records provided to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students are required to submit records showing proof of specific immunizations as follows: one tetanus/diphtheria shot within the last ten years, two separate measles shots during your lifetime, one rubella shot, and one mumps shot; OR one tetanus/diphtheria shot within the last ten years, a combination of one MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and a second measles vaccination. Students born prior to January 1, 1957 and students enrolled in fewer than six credit hours are exempt from complying with this law, Illinois Public Act #85-1315.

Completed applications can be reviewed without immunization records on file. However, all students are required to have complete immunization records on file prior to Orientation/Registration.

Select one of the following methods to send your immunization documents:

In person or by mail

Columbia College Chicago
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave, Room 301
Chicago, IL 60605-1996

By fax

312-369-8024

By e-mail

admissions@colum.edu



 

 

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