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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 postsecondary college or university. This excludes dual enrollments, courses taken at Columbia College Chicago, and/or any postsecondary enrollment during the summer immediately following secondary school graduation or GED completion.
Columbia operates on rolling admissions, admitting students beginning in early fall. We make admissions decisions within four weeks of receiving a complete application file.
Ready to apply? Follow these steps.
1. Start your application using Columbia’s application or the Common Application. Submit by July 31, for Fall 2018 semester.
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.
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.