A second bachelor’s student is an individual who has completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited 4-year college or university.
Columbia’s own application is available online.
Ready to apply?
Go directly to Columbia’s Admissions Application.
Planning to live on campus?
Go to the Housing Application.
Complete the online application and essay question
Essay question options:
- Evaluate a signiﬁcant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
- Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
- Indicate a person who has had a signiﬁcant inﬂuence on you, and describe that inﬂuence.
- 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.
- 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.
- Topic of your choice.
All applicants for a second bachelor’s degree are required to submit their official college transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Letter of Recommendation
At least one letter of recommendation from your instructor, counselor, advisor, or other individual is required to complete your application.
Your recommender may choose to submit a letter they have written, or they may download our recommendation form. Please note: the applicant must complete the top portion of the form.
The full name and date of birth of the applicant should be featured at the very top the message.
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.