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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. We make admissions decisions within four weeks of receiving a complete application file.
Need help planning your transfer?
Our transfer planning tools can help you plan your transfer from Columbia's partner schools and other colleges and universities.
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 using Columbia’s application or the Common Application .
We accept both. Begin the application process using Columbia’s application, or add Columbia as a school when you complete the Common Application.
Are you an international student? Follow the same steps listed here and review this page for additional requirements.
2. Submit the following required items.
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 portfolio makes you eligible for scholarships.)
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.