Are you coming to Columbia College Chicago?Tell Us Your Decision
After you're admitted:
- Apply for financial aid and Columbia scholarships
To be considered for all available financial aid programs, including scholarships, you should take the following steps:
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Columbia’s school code (001665).
- Submit a digital portfolio or audition that demonstrates your best creative work. Submission deadline: January 15.
If you are selected for an academic achievement scholarship, we will notify you soon after you are admitted to the college. Once you're admitted and we receive your FAFSA, you will be notified of your complete financial aid package with a Financial Aid Award Letter.
Visit colum.edu/sfs for more info.
After you submit your deposit:
- Apply for housing
After you decide to enroll and make a deposit to confirm your attendance, you should complete a housing application. Students must submit a $500 prepayment when they 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.
- Sign up for orientation and register for classes
New undergraduate students register for their first semester of classes online. You must participate in a mandatory orientation session before you can register for classes. These sessions take place either on campus or online.
For more information, visit colum.edu/newstudents.
- Consider your funding sources
To pay for education, many families use resources beyond the awards that are offered on the Financial Aid Award Letter. Make a list of the resources you have available to pay for your education, such as your work income, 529 plan, veteran beneﬁts and employer reimbursement. Compare these funding sources to your costs to determine if you will need to borrow loans or sign up for a payment plan. Columbia offers low-cost payment plans that allow you to spread your educational expenses over the term or the academic year.
For more information about meeting the cost of your Columbia education, visit colum.edu/createaplan.
- Submit your scores/Verify your new student placement
Official AP scores and IB exam results will be considered for college credit. If you did not submit your ACT or SAT scores during the application process, you may choose to submit official results now to be used as a placement tool. All score reports should be requested through the testing agency.
If you choose not to submit your scores, you may need to complete placement testing. For more information, please visit colum.edu/placement.
- Submit your final transcripts
If you are currently enrolled in high school or a college or university, you must submit an official copy of your final transcript to Admissions. Late transcripts can complicate registration, financial aid, and payment for your first semester.Transcripts should be sent directly to Admissions:
Columbia College Chicago Admissions
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
- Provide 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. Find out where to send your records.