Pursue Your Creative Passion

A second bachelor’s degree is a great option if you’re seeking a career change or want to refine your skills in a particular area.

Apply as a second bachelor’s student if you’ve completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university and are interested in earning another bachelor’s degree.

Follow these steps to apply.

1. Start your application.

2. Submit the following required items.


Essay prompt options:

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.

All second bachelor's applicants are required to submit their official college transcript to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

How to Submit Transcripts

You can submit transcripts online; in person; or by mail, fax or email. If you submit by email or fax, please include a cover letter with your full name and date of birth.


Mailing Address

Columbia College Chicago Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605



Letter of Recommendation

ou must submit at least one letter of recommendation to complete your application.

Whom should I ask to write a letter of recommendation?

Ask an instructor, counselor, advisor or other individual who can speak to your ability to succeed in a rigorous arts and media curriculum.

Does my recommender need to use a special form?

No; however, your recommender is more than welcome to use our downloadable recommendation form. The Common Application provides a similar form.

How do I submit a letter of recommendation?

The person who writes your letter of recommendation should submit it to us online or by mail, fax or email.

The online application has a feature that sends an email request for a letter of recommendation on your behalf to your recommender, who can then submit your letter online. If your recommender submits by email or fax, please ask them to include a cover letter with your full name and date of birth.

Mailing Address

Columbia College Chicago Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605



Application Fee

Application fee for domestic students (nonrefundable): $35 
Application fee for international students (nonrefundable): $100

You must submit payment in order to complete the online application.

International Students Only: English Language Proficiency
If English is not your country’s primary language, you must prove English language proficiency.

3. Decide if you want to submit a digital portfolio or audition. This is supplementary and not required for admission.

More About Digital Portfolios and Auditions

For students applying for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018 admission: The submission deadline for portfolio and auditions has passed. If you're applying for Fall 2018 or later, check back in September for submission and deadline information. Please keep in mind that portfolios and auditions are not required for admission. 

BA, BFA, BMus, BS Degrees: What’s the difference?

Our bachelor of arts (BA) programs allow for exploration, including the ability to tailor elective coursework beyond your major or add a minor. 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 elective coursework.

To enroll in certain professional degree programs, you must first gain admission to the college. Students typically apply to enter BFA or BMus programs after one to three semesters of study at Columbia.