Saturday, April 8

We put a creative twist on everything we touch. Open House is no exception. From the high-energy opening ceremony to faculty-led department tours, these events inform, entertain and offer a glimpse into what life is like as a Columbia student. Come to our Spring Open House and see if Columbia is the right place for you.

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Can’t make it on April 8? That’s OK—you’ve got options. Check out to learn more about campus tours, regional information sessions and our virtual tour.

What to Expect the Day of the Event

Saturday, April 8
Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway

When you check in at the Auditorium Theatre, we’ll give you a program with a schedule of the day’s events. Open House kicks off in the morning at 9 a.m. with a welcome session, featuring opening remarks from the president of Columbia and performances from students and faculty members. After the welcome session, you're free to plan your own day. Information sessions and departmental visits take place on a rolling basis until 3 p.m. We’ll serve lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Check the program for locations.

Directions and Accommodations

Parking: There are many parking lots in the South Loop—several located on Wabash Avenue, very close to the Auditorium Theatre. Come early to get a good spot. Parking in the area can range from $10 to $25+, and weekend rates may vary. We do not recommend parking on the street.

Beyond Open House

Check out what else is happening on campus April 6, 7 and 8.

Cinema Slapdown Round 70: District of Corruption (free event)

7 p.m., Friday, April 7
Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

Come for the film, stay for the fight: Screening of Steve Bannon's District of Corruption followed by a free-for-all debate featuring two opposing sides. This is a free event.

Take 1 Film Festival (free event)

3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8
Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

A juried festival featuring 12 student films from Foundations classes in Cinema Art and Science. Q&A with the filmmakers and an awards presentation follows the screening. This is a free event.

Liz Gerring Dance Company

7:30 p.m., April 6, 7 and 8
Columbia College Chicago Dance Center
1306 S. Michigan Ave.

In her company's first Chicago appearance, Liz Gerring's Horizon features seven dancers performing multiple phrases simultaneously in an evening-length work described by the New York Times as "exuberantly athletic." Cost: $30 general admission, $24 senior tickets

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