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.

Once you log in, you will have the option to CONFIRM your attendance, DEFER until a later semester, DECLINE to attend or tell us you're still thinking. If you choose to confirm, you will be automatically redirected to a payment page to make your $250 confirmation deposit. This deposit is necessary in order to sign up for orientation, register for classes and enroll at the college.

Tell us your decision

What else can you be doing? Here are your next steps. You should be working on the first batch even before you have decided to attend Columbia. The second batch is only necessary once you have confirmed your attendance.


After you are accepted to Columbia:

Apply for housing

All new students are expected to live on campus during their first year of study. Housing is offered to students on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it is important to apply as soon as possible. 

This housing application is only for Spring 2015.
Apply for Housing for Spring 2015

The housing application for Fall 2015 will be available in December.

Check out floor plans, photos and housing options at colum.edu/residencelife.

Submit your FAFSA

Students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible. The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for federal and state aid in addition to many of Columbia's scholarships. Visit colum.edu/financial-aid for more info.

Join Columbia’s Facebook App

We’ve created our very own Facebook app that caters exclusively to you and your fellow classmates. Joining this group is a great way to meet the people you could potentially live, study, collaborate and become friends with. Visit apps.facebook.com/columbiac to join today!

After you have confirmed your attendance:

Access Your Columbia Email

When you confirm your attendance, we will set you up with your official Columbia Loopmail address. This is the only email address the college will use to send critical information about things like registration, your academic progress, financial aid awards, events on campus and anything else related to Columbia. Instructions on how to access your Loopmail account are available here.

Sign Up for Orientation/Register for Classes

New students register for their first semester of classes online. In order to begin registering for classes, all new students must participate in a mandatory Orientation session. These sessions take place either on campus or online. For more information about signing up, please visit colum.edu/newstudents. Throughout the registration process, you will have access to tools and advice and will be allowed to make changes to your schedule as needed. The sooner you sign up, the sooner you can register for classes.

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 will need to complete COMPASS placement testing in order to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate level mathematics, reading and writing courses. For more information about placement, 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 and financial aid 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.