Pursue Your Creative Passion

A second bachelor’s degree is a great option if you’re seeking a career change or want to refine your skills in a particular area. 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.

Follow these steps to apply.

1. Complete your application for Fall 2018 admission.

2. Submit the following items.

Essay (Required)

Choose the option that best allows you to express your ideas. Your essay should be between 250 and 650 words.

  • Option 1: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Option 2: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Option 3: Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Option 4: Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Option 5: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • Option 6: Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  • Option 7: Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
Transcripts (Required)

All second bachelor's applicants are required to submit their official college transcript to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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 admissions@colum.edu or via fax to 312-369-8024.

Application Fee (Required)

Application fee for domestic students (nonrefundable): $50 
Application fee for international students (nonrefundable): $100

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

Letter of Recommendation (Recommended)
English Language Proficiency (International Students Only)
If English is not your country’s primary language, you must prove English language proficiency.
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.