Undergraduate Admissions

Second Bachelor’s

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2014.

A completed online application including essay and non-refundable $35 application fee

(Students will be able to submit their payment online in the final step of the application process.)


Essay question options:

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

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Official Transcript

All applicants for a second bachelor’s degree are required to submit their official college transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

How to Submit Transcripts

Transcripts must be official documents from a student’s high school, college, or university. Students may submit transcripts:

  • by electronic submission, if available at their institution
  • by mail or in person in the original sealed envelope from their institution
  • by fax provided that their institution stamps the transcript official and it is faxed from that institution’s fax number

Submit Your Transcript Online

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Letter of Recommendation

Recommendations must be submitted to Columbia by the recommender of your choosing. If you are using Columbia’s online application, there is a feature that will send an email request for a letter of recommendation on your behalf to your recommender. Your recommender may then submit your letter online.

Your recommender may also choose to submit a recommendation by mail, fax, or email using the submission information below. If helpful to you, we have provided a recommendation form that you may download here. The Common Application also provides a similar form.

How to Submit Recommendation Letters

Recommendations must be submitted to Columbia by the recommender of your choosing. If you are using Columbia’s online application, there is a feature that will send an email request for a letter of recommendation on your behalf to your recommender. Your recommender may then submit your letter online.

Your recommender may also choose to submit a recommendation by mail, fax, or email using the submission information below. If helpful to you, we have provided a recommendation form that you may download here. The Common Application also provides a similar form.

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A Portfolio of a Student’s Best Creative/Artistic Work (optional)

Columbia College Chicago welcomes the opportunity to view portfolios and audition submissions, though they are not required.

Access to the arts and arts instruction varies widely among Columbia’s diverse pool of applicants. Applicants who believe that their portfolios or auditions will assist the Admissions Review Committee in making a decision, are encouraged to submit creative work. This includes but is not limited to: original film, video or audio clips, creative writing samples, video of musical, theater or dance performance, news clips or reel, and online media or interactive work.

How to Submit a Portfolio

Portfolio submissions will only be received or reviewed after an applicant has submitted their Admission Application. Applicants will receive instructions, via email, on how to submit their portfolio materials.

All creative work samples must be submitted online via Slideroom. Do not send original artwork, DVDs, CD-ROMs, etc.

Each academic department at Columbia College has specific recommendations for work samples and/or supplementary materials. Those requirements are available here. Please read the instructions for your intended major carefully.

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