Admissions Timeline and Dates
Prospective Undergraduate Students: Fall 2017 Start
You’re interested in Columbia, and we want to help you join our community. Below, you’ll find a timeline of important dates and info to keep you on track with the admissions process. Each prospective student is different, and we encourage you to contact us to talk about your next steps in becoming a Columbia student next fall. We’re here to help.
Application opens for Fall admission
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Columbia College Chicago's Admissions Review Committee typically makes admission decisions within three weeks of obtaining an application and all required materials. We do not offer an early decision or early action option, but we encourage you to apply early. Visit colum.edu/apply for more information.
Submit financial aid information (domestic students)
File your 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Columbia’s school code: 001655. Submitting a FAFSA ensures that you’re considered for all financial aid opportunities, including institutional scholarships and all forms of federal and state aid. Visit colum.edu/financial-aid for more information.
Estimated award letters begin going out
Your estimated Financial Aid Award Letter provides an initial summary of your federal, state and institutional awards and offers an estimated cost of attendance for the academic year. These letters are sent on a rolling basis beginning in November, based on the date you’re admitted to the college and submit a FAFSA. For help understanding your award letter, visit colum.edu/awardletter.
Complete the financial aid process
Beginning in November, Student Financial Services sends notices regarding additional documents required to complete the financial aid process. You’ll be able to view any outstanding documents online at this time.
Submit application for preferred scholarship consideration
To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your admission application. For preferred consideration, we recommend that you complete those steps by this date. You will be notified of your total financial aid package, including Columbia scholarships, on your Financial Aid Award Letter. Visit colum.edu/scholarships for more information.
Apply for housing
After confirming your attendance with a tuition deposit, you should complete a housing application. You must submit a $500 prepayment when you 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.
Award letters begin going out
Your Financial Aid Award Letter provides a summary of your federal, state and institutional awards and offers an estimated cost of attendance for the academic year. These letters are sent on a rolling basis beginning in March. Note: Depending on the date you are admitted and submit a FAFSA, you may receive both an estimated and an updated award letter. For help understanding your award letter, visit colum.edu/awardletter.
Sign up for orientation and register for classes
After paying your tuition deposit, you should sign up for orientation and register for classes. Orientation includes an online prep course, which helps you register for classes from home, and an on-campus session with your fellow students. You can review and finalize your schedule with an academic advisor during orientation. Visit colum.edu/newstudents for more information.
National College Decision Day
New students are encouraged to confirm their attendance by paying a $250 tuition deposit on or before this date.
Housing contracts begin going out
To receive a housing contract, you must be admitted to the college and complete a housing application. Housing contracts are sent out on a rolling basis beginning in May, based on the date you are admitted and submit your housing application. Visit colum.edu/residencelife for more information.
Submit final high school and college transcripts
If you are currently enrolled in high school or at a college or university, you must submit official copies of your final transcripts to Admissions. Late transcripts can complicate registration, financial aid and payment for your first semester. Visit colum.edu/admissions for more information.
Finalize your financial plan
To pay for education, many families use resources beyond the awards offered on the Financial Aid Award Letter. Learn more about these resources—such as loans and employment-sponsored tuition plans—and read about our payment plan at colum.edu/createaplan.
Receive your roommate assignment and move-in date
Students living on campus begin receiving roommate and room assignment notifications. If you’ve signed a housing contract, you’ll receive information about your roommates and what to bring to campus. Visit colum.edu/residencelife for more information.
All new students are required to attend an orientation session. Visit colum.edu/newstudents for more information.
You must either pay in full or establish an automated payment plan for any portion of your bill not covered by secured financial aid by August 1. If you register for classes after this date, you’ll have seven calendar days to establish payment arrangements. Visit colum.edu/paymentplan for more information.
Residence Life move-in
You’ll receive your move-in date and roommate information in July. Visit colum.edu/residencelife for more information.
New Student Convocation
Convocation showcases the talents of our students and alumni. The annual event features an assembly with President Kwang-Wu Kim; a student services exposition; and a catered party with live bands, performance art and more.
Fall semester begins