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Enhance your skills. Pursue a late-blooming creative passion. Explore a discipline before committing to a degree program. Take coursework not offered at your college or university. Whatever your goal or reason, we’re thrilled you're considering taking courses at Columbia College Chicago.

Apply as a nondegree-seeking student if you’re interested in taking courses but are not seeking a college degree from Columbia. Nondegree-seeking students must be 18 or older. If you're interested in taking graduate-level courses as a nondegree-seeking student, please contact Graduate Admissions at 312-369-7260.

To apply as a nondegree-seeking student, submit the following required items in addition to the application.


In 200 words or more, please tell us about yourself and what you hope to accomplish while taking courses at Columbia College Chicago.

Application Fee

Application fee for domestic undergraduate students (nonrefundable): $50

Application fee for domestic graduate students (nonrefundable): $60

Application fee for international undergraduate and graduate students (nonrefundable): $100

You must submit payment in order to complete the online application.


You must meet the prerequisites for any upper-level class. If you are interested in taking an upper-level class, you must submit official college or university transcripts showing the completion of prerequisites to Columbia College Chicago Admissions for transcript evaluation.

How to Submit Transcripts

Ask your institution(s) to send official transcripts to Columbia College Chicago Admissions at 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. All transcripts received by mail or in person must be in the original sealed envelope from the school.

We also accept transcripts—when sent directly from the institution—via email to or via fax to 312-369-8024.