Returning Students

We’re so glad you’re back.

We welcome our returning students back to campus with open arms. You’re considered a returning student if you were previously enrolled at Columbia and paused your studies for one full year or longer.

Returning Student Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for re-enrollment will be the Monday before the start of the term. 

To re-enroll as a Columbia student:

1. Submit a returning student application.

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2. Submit your transcripts.

If you attended any college or university since you last enrolled at Columbia, you must submit official transcripts.

Ask your institution(s) to send official transcripts to Columbia College Chicago Admissions at 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. All transcripts received by mail or in person must be in the original sealed envelope from the school.

We also accept transcripts—when sent directly from the institution—via email to or via fax to 312-369-8024.

3. Meet with an advisor.

After submitting your application, meet with a college advisor in the College Advising Center to discuss changes in graduation requirements, your academic history, and course selection.

Your college advisor will discuss the steps necessary to register and provide assistance on using MyColumbia, our student portal, for course registration. Appointments are required, so plan ahead. You may also need to speak with a faculty member in your major before you can register.