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 entering your student information 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.
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 for 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. It is not necessary to make a housing commitment or deposit when completing the housing application.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 all forms of federal and state aid in addition to many institutional scholarship opportunities. Visit colum.edu/student-financial-services 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:
- Sign Up for Orientation
Once you have paid your confirmation deposit and Orientation dates are announced, New Student Programs will invite you to sign up for Orientation. All new students are required to attend Orientation. It is the best way to find out about class registration, familiarize yourself with our campus and meet your future peers. For more info, visit students.colum.edu/new.
- Access Your Columbia Email
We know you already have an email address, but when you confirm your attendance, we will set you up with your official Columbia College Loopmail address. What’s so official about it, you ask? Well, it’s the only email address the College will use to send you information about things like registration, your academic progress, financial aid awards, events on campus and basically just about anything else that relates to Columbia.
- Submit Your Scores
If you haven't already done so, please request official score reports and exam results from testing agencies. Score reports should be sent directly to Admissions. ACT and SAT scores can impact your placement in reading, writing and math. AP scores and IB exam results will be considered for college credit.
- Verify Your New Student Placement
In order to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate level mathematics, reading and writing courses, New Student Placement works with incoming Columbia students to administer COMPASS placements. Advisors use the results of the COMPASS placements to help each student register for the right courses.
Student who are transferring credit in both college-level English and college-level math do not have to complete a COMPASS placement exam. ACT or SAT scores can be converted to a placement level. For more information visit colum.edu/placement.
- Register for Classes
After signing up for Orientation, new students will have access to advising tools and information and may make changes to their schedules as needed. Students will have an opportunity to review and finalize their schedules with an academic advisor during Orientation. Get a head start on understanding your major by visiting students.colum.edu/new/new-students/prepare-for-your-major.php.
- Submit Final Transcripts
If you are currently enrolled in high school or at 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. If you're unsure of whether or not we have a final and official copy of your transcript on file, please contact us at 312-369-7130.
- 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.