Undergraduate Admissions


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.)


In 200 words or more, please tell us about yourself and what you hope to accomplish while taking classes at Columbia College Chicago.

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Official Transcript

You must meet the prerequisites for any upper-level class. Therefore, if you are interested in taking an upper-level class, official transcripts from your previous College must be sent to the Columbia College Chicago Office of Undergraduate Admissions for transcript evaluation.

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.

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Important Additional Admissions Information

Students-at-large register for classes after Columbia degree-seeking students.

Students-at-large must meet relevant prerequisites for upper-level classes.

Students-at-large may apply for admission to the college’s regular degree program at any time, but a student cannot change his or her degree-seeking status mid-semester. Students who register as a student-at-large will complete that semester as a student-at-large; if a student-at-large applies for and is admitted to the regular degree program, he or she can begin studies as a degree-seeking student in the next available semester.

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Important Financial Aid Information

Students-at-Large pay tuition and fees at the same rate as part-time students. To view current tuition and fees, visit colum.edu/sfs

Students-at-large are not eligible for financial aid through federal, state, or institutional programs, nor are they eligible for veterans’ benefits. However, visiting students who receive financial aid at their home schools are advised to consult with their home schools to verify whether such aid can be applied at Columbia College Chicago.

Students-at-large may be eligible for assistance through their employers if such employers offer this benefit to their employees.

Students-at-large must make satisfactory academic progress during the time they are enrolled (NOTE: satisfactory academic progress measured during the time a student enrolls can affect that student’s eligibility for financial aid if he or she later chooses to attend as a regular degree-seeking student). For additional information, refer to the college catalog or contact an advisor through the College Advising Center.

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