Returning Students

Welcome Back!

If you were previously enrolled at Columbia and paused your studies for more than two semesters (not counting Summer), then you're considered a returning student. Returning students are required to complete the application linked below so that we can assess how to best put you back on track to complete your Columbia degree.

If your break from Columbia was less than two semesters, there's no need to fill out this application. Please just contact Columbia Central at or 312-369-7140 for information about re-enrolling.

To re-enroll as a Columbia student:

1. Submit a returning student application.

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Spring applicants: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Fall applicants: Monday, August 28, 2023

2. Submit your transcripts.

If you attended any college or university since you last enrolled at Columbia, you must submit official 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

3. Meet with an advisor.

After submitting your application, meet with a college advisor in the College Advising Center to discuss changes in graduation requirements, your academic history, and course selection.

Your college advisor will discuss the steps necessary to register and provide assistance on using MyColumbia, our student portal, for course registration. Appointments are required, so plan ahead. You may also need to speak with a faculty member in your major before you can register.

4. Clear any outstanding holds.

After receiving notification that you are eligible to return to Columbia log into the MyColumbia student portal and check for any outstanding holds on your record. Some holds may bar you from registration until they are cleared.