Take your next steps as a Columbia College Chicago student.
Congrats on your acceptance to Columbia! We’re so excited to welcome you.
Haven’t shared your decision with us yet? Please take a moment to do so on your application status page. This page will also serve as a checklist for next steps, including online orientation and important dates.
Graduate Confirmation Deposit
Your $450 non-refundable Graduate Confirmation Deposit will secure your place in our incoming class. The amount is applied toward tuition for your first semester.
Decided to attend Columbia? Here are the next steps.
Please note: If you are planning to attend, you are required to submit a $450 tuition deposit to confirm your enrollment.
- Submit your FAFSA
How do you plan to pay for graduate school? If you are a domestic student, we recommend that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Your FAFSA results determine your eligibility for federal student loans and for Federal Work Study positions, and it can be useful to have these options on file.
- Submit required documents
Before you can start classes at Columbia, we will require a few documents:
- Submit Your Immunization Records
- Illinois law requires that all students born on or after January 1, 1957, who enroll at least part-time (6 credit hours or more) must prove that they have immunity from certain communicable diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, measles, rubella and mumps. Proof of immunity must be on file at the institution the student is currently attending.
If you do not have a complete immunization record on file by the end of the eighth week of your first semester (not including the Summer semester), a registration hold will be placed on your academic record, and you will not be eligible to register for the following semester. For questions, or to find out where to send your records, click here.
- Submit Copies of Your Official Transcripts (If Applicable)
- If at the time you applied for admission you had not yet finished your bachelor's degree, then you must remember to ask your college or university to send us a final, official copy of your transcript once your bachelor's degree has posted. You will not be able to enroll in classes until we have received proof of your completed degree. If you're unsure of whether or not we have a final and official copy of your transcript on file, please contact us at 312.369.7260.
- Plan your move
Are you new to the Chicago area, and looking for apartments here for the first time? This Graduate Relocation Guide is designed to help you navigate the rental process.
- Stay in touch with us
is the official student email of Columbia. After you've confirmed your enrollment, be on the lookout for an email notifying you of the creation of your loopmail account. All future communications from Columbia will be sent to this address, so it is important that you check it frequently.
- Connect with your new classmates
Want to meet your cohort? Looking for a roommate? Interested in learning about what current students and alumni are up to? Be sure to "like" Columbia's Graduate Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
Are you an international graduate student?
If accepted for admission, international students must also submit the following, as applicable, as soon as possible after receiving their decision letter.
- Pay your confirmation deposit
- Submit your $450 confirmation deposit
- The confirmation deposit secures your spot in the incoming class and initiates a review of your file by our International Office of Student Affairs, so that they may issue you a SEVIS I-20 Certificate of Eligibility (one of the items required in order to obtain a visa). Note that your I-20 cannot be issued until all the required documents (below) have been received. Your deposit can be paid at: colum.edu/gradpayment
- Submit your official financial documents
- You must submit an official bank letter/statement dated within six months of the start of classes.
- Your financial documentation should verify that you have financial support available to you that is equivalent to Columbia College Chicago's published "Attendance Budget" for the year you intend to enroll. The current Attendance Budget is posted on Columbia's Student Financial Services website.
- Your financial documents should either be in your name or the name of your sponsor, if appropriate.
- If your sponsor is providing you with free room and board, then you are exempt from having to provide documentation of the "Room and Board" portion of the Cost of Attendance.
- Do you have a sponsor?
- Complete the Immigration Pre-Transfer Verification Form*
*The Immigration Pre-Transfer Verification Form should only be completed if you are currently in the U.S. on a F-1 visa.
- Review the International Graduate Student Packet
This detailed guide outlines the process for securing or transferring a student visa.
After submitting the confirmation deposit and the required documents above, international applicants should begin the process of securing a visa and planning travel.
- Apply for a student visa
International students will need an F-1 or J-1 student visa to enter the United States to study. You can apply for the visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, using the SEVIS I-20 Certificate of Eligibility or DS-2019 form issued by Columbia College Chicago. Other items may be required by the embassy or consulate. Click here for a listing. Questions regarding the visa process should be directed to:
International Student and Scholar Coordinator
- Review the Pre-Arrival Checklist
There are several important items to consider when making final arrangements to study in the U.S., including transportation, health coverage, finances and housing. Click here to review our pre-arrival checklist.