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Apply as a transfer student if you’ve completed high school, home school, or a GED and have enrolled in at least one credit hour at a post-secondary college or university. This excludes dual enrollments, courses taken at Columbia College Chicago, and/or any post-secondary enrollment during the summer immediately following secondary school graduation or GED completion.

Columbia operates on rolling admissions, admitting students beginning in early fall. If you're applying for Spring 2019, our deadline is December 14, 2018. And if you're applying for Fall 2019, our priority deadline is January 15, 2019. We make admissions decisions within four weeks of receiving a complete application file. 

Need help planning your transfer to Columbia?

Our transfer planning tools can help you plan your transfer path from Columbia's partner schools and other colleges and universities.

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Transfer Nights

Upcoming dates:
November 15, 2018 
December 13, 2018
February 7, 2019

Prospective transfer students, this event is just for you. Visit us from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on your chosen date, and you can chat with admissions counselors and current students, take a campus tour, and get transcript evaluations.

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Follow these steps to apply.

1. Start your application.

Begin the application process using Columbia’s application, or add Columbia as a school when you complete the Common Application. We accept both.

Are you an international student? Follow the same steps listed here, and review this page for additional requirements

2. Submit the following required items.


As a transfer student, you must submit official transcripts from your high school and any college previously attended.

International students must submit official or certified true copies of their educational records that demonstrate successful completion of a high school or secondary education. As an international student, you may be required to submit a “leaving certificate” or “graduation certificate” along with your certified educational records. Official educational records not written in English must include an official English translation. For help determining which transcripts or records to send us, check out this guide.

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.

Application Fee

Application fee for students (nonrefundable): $50

3. Read about our supplementary materials—not required for admission—and then decide if you want to submit any of them. (Keep in mind that submitting a digital portfolio/video audition makes you eligible for scholarships.) 

Test Scores

ACT and SAT Scores

You should request your ACT and/or SAT score reports from the testing agency. Request your ACT score report using Columbia College's ACT School Code (1002). Request your SAT score report using Columbia College's SAT School Code (1135).

Note: Once admitted, you can take an on-campus placement test if you believe your ACT or SAT scores do not accurately reflect your ability in writing, reading, or mathematics.

AP Scores

List Columbia College Chicago on your College Board account so we receive your score reports as soon as possible.

We grant college credit for scores of 3 or higher on most AP exams. Please see our AP exam table for a complete list of exams and credits awarded by score.

IB Exam Results

Ask your diploma programme coordinator to submit a request for your IB exam results. In some cases, you may be able to request results yourself.

We grant credit for IB exam results of 4 or higher.

Digital Portfolios and Video Auditions

While a portfolio isn't required for admission to Columbia College Chicago, keep in mind that submitting a portfolio makes you eligible for talent-based scholarships!

You can submit either a digital portfolio or a video audition by January 15, 2019, for consideration. View portfolio submission guidelines by program of interest.

BA, BFA, BMus, BS Degrees: What’s the difference?

Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs feature a flexible curriculum that allows for exploration and the ability to tailor elective coursework beyond your major. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus), and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs feature more focused required coursework in the major.

If you wish to pursue entry to a BFA, BMus, or BS program, you must first gain admission to Columbia College Chicago. If eligible, you will be evaluated individually by your academic department sometime during your first or second year of enrollment.

Have more questions? We're here to help.

Sherry Anton

Sherry Anton
Associate Director of Transfer Recruitment

Sherry's Local Partner Schools
  • Kankakee Community College
  • McHenry County College
  • Morton College
  • Prairie State College
  • South Suburban College
  • Triton College
  • Wilbur Wright College
Andrew Whatley

Andrew Whatley
Senior Director of New Student Enrollment

Andrew's Local Partner Schools
  • College of DuPage
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
Doreene Washington
Dorene Washington 

Transfer Specialist

Dorene's Local Partner Schools
  • College of Lake County
  • Elgin Community College
  • Harold Washington College
  • Kennedy–King College
  • Malcolm X College
  • Oakton Community College
  • Olive–Harvey College
  • Richard J. Daley College
  • Truman College
  • Waubonsee Community College
  • William Rainey Harper College