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General Tours

We are pleased to offer general tours of our campus and facilities for prospective students, guests, and college search advocates. These walking tours take place Monday through Friday and select Saturdays, and are customized to the interests of those on them. All tours are led by current Columbia students and include the opportunity to meet and speak in person with members of our Admissions Office staff. Please check dates and availability of tours below.  


 Tour Times


Please be advised that our tours are walking intensive. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for brisk walking.*

Cinema Art + Science; Television; Interactive Arts and Media; and Dance students are encouraged to schedule their tours on Mondays and Fridays. Tours on these days include Columbia’s Media Production Center(an award-winning building hosting studios and academic environments for Film, Television, and IAM students) as well as The Dance Center.

*The Media Production Center will be closed July 7th and 11th. It will also be closed August 25th and 29th. 

Monday through Friday at 10:30am and 1:30pm.




Register for a Tour

To ask questions or to arrange a visit by phone, contact Havalah Backus at 312-369-7220 or by email at

Group Tours

High schools, community colleges, and other organizations who are interested in bringing groups of 10 or more people on a tour of Columbia must contact Havalah Backus at to schedule their visit.  Please keep in mind that group tours are intended for students who are sophomore level and up, and that the maximum allowable group size is 30 students, plus chaperones.


Individual Department Tours

Along with the general tours above, Columbia College Chicago separately offers department tours for Audio, Film and Video, and Television.




Tour Times

Already Included in General Tour?

Appointment Required for Individual Department Tour?


Audio Arts and Acoustics

During the designated time periods, the starting point is the Tour Center, located on the first floor of the 600 S. Michigan Ave building


May 27th - July 19th:

Fridays at 9:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm



Strongly encouraged


Cinema Art + Science

May 23rd to August 15th: 

Media Production Center, 1600 S. State, Lobby.

Friday at 10:30am

Yes, but only Mondays and Fridays.

Strongly encouraged

Please contact the department at


1014 S. Michigan Avenue

By Appointment Only.



To schedule a Music tour, please email the Music Department at


600 S. Michigan Avenue

By Appointment Only.



To schedule a Television tour, please email Laura Levitt-Gamis at

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