A student-at-large is a student, age 18 or older, who is not seeking a college degree from Columbia College Chicago. Students-at-large may be adult students seeking to enhance skills, pursue personal interests, or explore new disciplines before committing to a full degree program. Students-at-large may also be visiting students from other colleges or universities who wish to satisfy degree requirements at their "home" schools or explore specific disciplines or coursework not offered at their "home" schools.
Columbia’s own application is available online.
Ready to apply?
Go directly to Columbia’s Admissions Application.
A completed online application including essay and $35 application fee
The Student-at-Large application is only available online.
Essay Question Topic (200 word minimum)
Please tell us about yourself and what you hope to accomplish while taking classes at Columbia College Chicago.
$35 application fee
There is a $35 non-refundable application fee. Students can either submit their payment online through the application system or via Columbia’s online payment form, or send a check or money order payable to Columbia College Chicago. Please do not mail cash.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transcripts sent via e-mail must be sent directly by the issuing institution. We are unable to accept transcripts from the applicant.
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.
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, who wish to apply for admission to the degree program, including a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Major, must complete a separate undergraduate application process.
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.
Important Financial Aid Information
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.