Welcome home!

We can't wait to see you back on campus, pursuing your passion among your creative peers. You are considered a returning student if you have chosen to interrupt your studies for one full year or longer. To return as a student at Columbia, you must start by completing the returning student application linked below:

Start your application

Please note: The Fall 2015 application has closed.

What else should you be doing? Take a look at the additional steps to consider before returning to Columbia.

After you have submitted the returning student application:


If you have attended any college or university since last enrolled at Columbia, you are required to submit official transcripts.

How to Submit Transcripts

Transcripts must be official documents from the college or university.

Submit your transcripts online

  • In person or by mail:
    Columbia College Chicago
    600 S. Michigan Ave, Room 301
    Chicago, IL 60605
  • By fax: 312.369.8024
    If submitting by fax, please include a cover letter with your full name and date of birth.
  • By email: admissions@colum.edu
    If submitting by email, please include a cover letter with your full name and date of birth.
Submit Your FAFSA

If you're interested in using financial aid to help pay for college expenses, remember to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to include our federal school code (001665) when you submit your FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed each year you are enrolled and is available after January 1 for the following academic year. Visit www.colum.edu/student-financial-services for more info.

Meet With Your College Advisor

After submitting your returning student application, it is necessary to meet with your 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 the OASIS system for course registration. An appointment is required, so plan ahead. You may also need to speak with a faculty member in your major before you can register.

Apply for Housing (Optional)
Housing is offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out floor plans, photos and apply for housing at colum.edu/residencelife. Please note: A $500 prepayment is due at the time of your housing application.