Prospective Undergraduate Students: Fall 2017 Start


 

Aug

August: 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.


 

Oct

October: 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.


 

Nov

November: 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.


 

Nov

November: 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.


 

Jan

January 15: 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.


 

Feb

February: Apply for housing

After confirming your attendance with a tuition deposit (refundable until May 1), 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.


 

Mar

March: 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.


 

Apr

April–August: 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.


 

May

May 1: National College Decision Day

New students are encouraged to confirm their attendance by making a deposit on or before this date.


 

May

May: 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.


 

Jun

June: 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.


 

Jun

June: 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.


 

Jul

July: 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.


  

Jul

July–August: Attend orientation

All new students are required to attend an orientation session, either on campus or online. Your tuition deposit confirms your attendance. Visit colum.edu/newstudents for more information.


 

Aug

August 1: Submit payment

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.


 

Aug

August–September: Residence Life move-in

You’ll receive your move-in date and roommate information in July. Visit colum.edu/residencelife for more information.


 

Sep

September 2: 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.


 

Sep

September 6: Fall semester begins

Dates are subject to change.