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Apply as a freshman student if you have completed or expect to complete high school, home school, or a GED and have not earned college credit at a college or university before your first day at Columbia. This excludes dual enrollments, courses taken at Columbia College Chicago, and/or any post-secondary enrollment during the summer immediately following secondary school graduation or GED completion.
If you have earned college credit at a college or university not covered by the exceptions listed above, please review the Transfer Application Requirements.
If you are you an international student who will require a visa to study in the United States, please follow the steps listed here, and review this page for additional information.
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Find your assigned Columbia College Chicago Admissions Representitive using the map at the link below.
Columbia accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible.
Spring 2022 Applicants: Monday, November 1, 2021
Fall 2022 Applicants to the Acting (BFA) and Musical Theatre Performance (BFA) Programs: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Fall 2022 Applicants, all other degree programs: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Common Applicants: Please factor in a 24-hour period for Common App to transfer your data to Columbia College Chicago
BA, BFA, BMus, and BS: What’s the difference?
Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs allow for greater flexiblity and exploration within the curriculum. This includes the ability to tailor elective coursework beyond your major or add a minor. Around 90% of Columbia students are pursuing a BA degree.
Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus), and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs feature more intensive required coursework in the major with limited limited flexibility for electives.
A Note on Standardized Test Scores
Ready to apply? Follow these steps.
1. Submit your application.
Use the link above to Columbia’s application, or add Columbia as a school when you complete the Common Application. You can submit either application; please do not submit both.