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Apply as a freshman student if you have completed or expect to complete high school, home school, or a GED and have not earned college credit at a college or university before your first day at Columbia. This excludes dual enrollments, courses taken at Columbia College Chicago, and/or any post-secondary enrollment during the summer immediately following secondary school graduation or GED completion.
If you have earned college credit at a college or university not covered by the exceptions listed above, please review the Transfer Application Requirements.
If you are you an international student who will require a visa to study in the United States, please follow the steps listed here, and review this page for additional information.
Need help along the way? We're here for you.
Find your assigned Columbia College Chicago Admissions Representitive using the map at the link below.
Columbia accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible.
Columbia is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023 for all Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs, all Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Architecture.
Applications for all other degree programs are closed.
Columbia will not accept any applications after Wednesday, July 19, 2023.
Common Applicants: Please factor in a 24-hour period for Common App to transfer your data to Columbia College Chicago
BA, BFA, BMus, and BS: What’s the difference?
Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs allow for greater flexiblity and exploration within the curriculum. This includes the ability to tailor elective coursework beyond your major or add a minor. Around 90% of Columbia students are pursuing a BA degree.
Our 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 limited flexibility for electives.
Note that the Interior Architecture, BFA requires Freshman applicants to have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75 for admission.
A Note on Standardized Test Scores
Columbia College Chicago's admissions process is entirely test-free. Standardized test scores will play no role in the college's determination of a student's admissibility, or in awarding merit-based scholarships.
After admission, students who have them are encouraged to submit results from Advanced Placement or International Baccaulaurate tests. Just list Columbia on your College Board account or talk to your school's IB diploma program coordinator about how to send your scores. Columbia grants credit for scores of 3 or higher on AP exams and 4 or higher on IB exams.
Ready to apply? Follow these steps.
1. Submit your application.
Use the link above to Columbia’s application, or add Columbia as a school when you complete the Common Application. You can submit either application; please do not submit both.