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Apply as a freshman student if you’ve completed high school, home school, or a GED and have not enrolled in coursework at a post-secondary college or university. 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.
Columbia accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis, and it’s in your best interest to complete your application as early as possible.
Ready to apply? Follow these steps.
1. Start your application.
Are you an international student? Follow the same steps listed here, and review this page for additional requirements.
2. Submit the following required items.
3. Read about our supplementary materials—not required for admission—and then decide if you want to submit any of them. (Keep in mind that submitting a digital portfolio/video audition makes you eligible for scholarships.)
BA, BFA, BMus, BS Degrees: What’s the difference?
Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs allow for exploration, including the ability to tailor elective coursework beyond your major or add a minor. 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 elective coursework.
To enroll in certain professional degree programs, you must first gain admission to the college. Students typically apply to enter BFA or BMus programs after one to three semesters of study at Columbia.
When will I receive a response?
Columbia uses a rolling admissions process. We begin accepting applications in August and continue to accept them throughout the year. We release our first wave of admissions decisions to students in early November—students will typically receive a decision within four weeks after their applications are complete.