Second Bachelor's

Pursue your creative passion.

Apply as a second bachelor’s student if you’ve completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university and are interested in earning another bachelor’s degree. Please note that a Bachelor of Arts (BA) is the only degree option available for a second bachelor's student. 

If you have earned (or will earn) college credit at a college or university but have not completed a bachelor's degree, please review the Transfer Application Requirements.

If you have not earned any credit at a college or university, please review the Freshman 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.

Please feel free to email or call us at 312-369-7130 to be connected to an Admissoins Representative who can answer your questions.


Priority Deadlines

Columbia College Chicago is no longer accepting applicatons for the fall 2022 term.

If you've already submitted your application, the deadline to submit any additional required documentation (e.g. transcripts) is Wednesday, August 10.

If you've been admitted to Columbia for the fall 2022 term, the deadline to submit a tuition deposit is Friday, August 26.

Classes start on Tuesday, September 6.

The requirements listed below apply to the 2022 application and will be updated when the 2023 application becomes available. The 2023 application is scheduled to open on Tuesday, September 6.


Follow these steps to apply.

1. Submit your application.

Use the "Apply Now" link above to access the application.

2. Submit your transcripts.

All second bachelor's degree applicants are required to submit their official college transcripts to the Undergraduate Admissions office.

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. Submit application fee.

The application fee for students (nonrefundable) is $25.