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Apply as a transfer student if you’ve completed high school, home school, or a GED program and have earned (or will earn) college credit at a college or university before your first day at Columbia. This excludes dual enrollments (including Summer at Columbia) and/or any college or university enrollment completed during the summer immediately following high school or GED completion.
If you have not enrolled in courses at a post-secondary college or university, or if your coursework is covered by the exceptions listed above, 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.
You can also review a complete checklist and timeline for transfer students at the links.
Need help planning your transfer to Columbia? Our Transfer Admissions team is here for you.
Our planning tools can help you chart your transfer path.
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Columbia accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible.
With the exception of the BFA in Interior Architecture, applications to all Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Music (BMus) Programs are closed for Fall 2023.
Fall 2023 Applicants for all other degree programs: Apply by Wednesday, March 29, 2023, to receive an admissions decision prior to May 1.
BA, BFA, BMus, and BS: What’s the difference?
Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs allow for greater flexiblity and exploration within the curriculum. This includes the ability to tailor elective coursework beyond your major or add a minor. Around 90% of Columbia students are pursuing a BA degree.
Our 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 limited flexibility for electives.
A Note on Standardized Test Scores
Columbia College Chicago's admissions process is entirely test-free. Standardized test scores will play no role in the college's determination of a student's admissibility, or in awarding merit-based scholarships.
After admission, students who have them are encouraged to submit results from Advanced Placement or International Baccaulaurate tests. Just list Columbia on your College Board account or talk to your school's IB diploma program coordinator about how to send your scores. Columbia grants credit for scores of 3 or higher on AP exams and 4 or higer on IB exams.
Ready to Apply? Follow these steps.
1. Submit your application.
Use the "Apply Now" link above to access the application.
2. Submit the following required items.