Saturday, November 5

We put a creative twist on everything we touch. Open House is no exception. From the high-energy opening ceremony to faculty-led department tours, these events inform, entertain and offer a glimpse into what life is like as a Columbia student. Come to our Fall Open House and see if Columbia is the right place for you.

During Open House, you’ll have the chance to meet our renowned faculty members, tour our contemporary residence halls, check out our industry-standard facilities and meet talented Columbia students who truly love what they do.

RSVP for Open House

We encourage you to bring family and friends. If you are planning to bring a group of more than six, please contact Admissions at 312.369.7130 or

Can’t make it to Open House? That’s OK—you’ve got options. Check out to learn more about campus tours, regional information sessions and our virtual tour.

What to Expect the Day of the Event

Saturday, November 5
Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

When you check in at the Auditorium Theatre, we’ll give you a program with a schedule of the day’s events. Open House kicks off at 9 a.m. with a 45-minute welcome session, featuring opening remarks from the president of Columbia and performances from students and faculty members. After the welcome session, you're free to plan your own day. Information sessions and departmental visits take place on a rolling basis until 3 p.m. We’ll serve lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Check the program for locations.

Directions and Accommodations

Parking: There are many parking lots in the South Loop—several located on Wabash Avenue, very close to the Auditorium Theatre. Come early to get a good spot. Parking in the area can range from $10 to $25+, and weekend rates may vary. We do not recommend parking on the street.

Don't Miss These On-Campus Events

Over Open House weekend, we’re hosting an assortment of events that we’d love for you and your family to attend. Check out the offerings in film, music, dance and theatre.

Take 1 Film Fest

3:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 5
Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor

Take 1 is a juried film festival featuring Columbia student films made in the following courses: Cinema Notebooks, Cinema Image & Process, Production: Fact & Fiction, and Production: Cinematic Essay.

This is a free event.

Stefon Harris and the Columbia College Chicago Jazz Ensemble

8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Thursday, November 3
8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Friday, November 4
8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday, November 5
4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, November 6
Jazz Showcase
806 S. Plymouth Court

Join us for the culminating concerts of vibraphonist–composer Stefon Harris’ weeklong residency with the Music Department. Harris was cited as "one of the most important young artists in jazz" by the Los Angeles Times.

Cost: $20 general admission
Buy tickets online, via phone at 312-369-8330 or at the door (cash only).

Tere O’Connor Dance Performance

7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 3
7:30 p.m., Friday, November 4
7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 5
Columbia College Chicago Dance Center
1306 S. Michigan Ave.

“...Meaning, formulated by Mr. O’Connor’s uncanny sense of structure, is attained not from story but from sensation.” – New York Times

New York City-based company Tere O’Connor Dance presents a pair of performances.

Cost: $30 general admission, $24 senior tickets
Use code ALM1617 to receive 20% off general admission tickets purchased online
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Mainstage Production: As You Like It

7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 3
7:30 p.m., Friday, November 4
4 p.m., Saturday, November 5
Sheldon Patinkin Theatre
72 E. 11th St.

As You Like It, written by William Shakespeare, is the first Mainstage production of the 2016–17 academic year. Directed by Wendi Weber, the production features two casts of diverse actors taking on one of Shakespeare's most comedic pieces.

Cost: $10 general admission, $5 senior and student tickets
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