We are excited for you to join Columbia College’s community of creatives. Please take a moment to let us know if you plan to attend Columbia by selecting the Tell Us Your Decision button below.

Tell us your decision

When you log in with your OASIS ID, you will have the option to confirm your attendance or decline our offer of admission. If you choose to confirm, you will be automatically redirected to a payment page to make your $250 deposit. This deposit is necessary in order to apply for housing, sign up for orientation, register for classes and enroll at the college.

Please allow at least two business days for us to process your payment. Graduate students, tell us your decision over here.

What else can you be doing? Here are your next steps.

After you are accepted to Columbia

Apply for financial aid and Columbia scholarships

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for Columbia College Chicago scholarships and federal and state financial aid. By completing the FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for Columbia’s merit- and need-based scholarships. Typically, scholarships are awarded to students who are planning to enroll for the fall term. Be sure to include Columbia’s federal school code on your FAFSA (001665). The FAFSA must be completed each year you are enrolled and is available January 1 for the following academic year at www.fafsa.gov. Visit colum.edu/financial-aid for more info.

To be considered for a talent-based scholarship, be sure to submit creative samples of work by January 15 for priority consideration. Details on how to submit a portfolio or digital audition can be found at colum.edu/portfolio-info.

You will be notified of your total financial aid package, including Columbia scholarships, on your Financial Aid Award Letter.

Learn how to secure your scholarship and the terms of your scholarship.

After you have made your deposit

Apply for housing

After you decide to enroll and make a deposit to confirm your attendance, you should complete a housing application. Students must submit a $500 prepayment when they apply. We expect new freshmen and transfers to live on campus their first year. See floor plans and photos and apply for housing—which is offered on a first-come, first-served basis—at colum.edu/residencelife.

Access your Columbia email

The college will use Loopmail to send critical information about things like registration, your academic progress, financial aid awards, events on campus and much more. After your deposit has been processed, check out instructions on how to access your Loopmail account at colum.edu/loopmail-info. Please note: Until your first day of classes, continue to check both your personal email and your Loopmail to make sure you are receiving all necessary communications.

Sign up for orientation and register for classes

New undergraduate students register for their first semester of classes online. In order to begin registering for classes, all students must participate in a mandatory orientation session. These sessions take place either on campus or online.

Sign up for fall 2016 orientation

For more information, please visit colum.edu/newstudents.

Consider your funding sources

To pay for education, many families use resources beyond the awards that are offered on the Financial Aid Award Letter. Make a list of the resources you have available to pay for your education, such as your work income, 529 plan, veteran benefits and employer reimbursement. Compare these funding sources to your costs to determine if you will need to borrow loans or sign up for a payment plan. Columbia offers low-cost payment plans that allow you to spread your educational expenses over the term or the academic year.

For more information about meeting the cost of your Columbia education, visit colum.edu/createaplan.

Submit your scores/Verify your new student placement

Official AP scores and IB exam results will be considered for college credit. If you did not submit your ACT or SAT scores during the application process, you may choose to submit official results now to be used as a placement tool. All score reports should be requested through the testing agency.

If you choose not to submit your scores, you may need to complete placement testing. For more information, please visit colum.edu/placement.

Submit your final transcripts

If you are currently enrolled in high school or a college or university, you must submit an official copy of your final transcript to Admissions. Late transcripts can complicate registration, financial aid and payment for your first semester.

Transcripts should be sent directly to Admissions:

Columbia College Chicago Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Provide your immunization records

Illinois law requires that all students born on or after January 1, 1957 who enroll at least part-time (6 credit hours or more) must prove that they have immunity from certain communicable diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, measles, rubella, and mumps. Proof of immunity must be on file at the institution the student is currently attending.

If you do not have a complete immunization record on file by the end of the eighth week of your first semester (not including the Summer semester) a registration hold will be placed on your academic record, and you will not be eligible to register for the following semester. For questions, or to find out where to send your records, click here.

Admission to Columbia College Chicago is offered for a specified term of entry. Students who are offered admission to Columbia but are unable to enroll in the specified term of entry, may request to defer their admission for up to one year by contacting Admissions at 312-369-7130 or admissions@colum.edu. Deferrals will be granted on a case-by-case basis.