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Columbia College Chicago Stats, Info and Facts

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10,142 Students

92% Admitted

  • 7,312 full time
  • 1,076 part time
  • 4,019 men full time
  • 5,047 women full time
  • N/A applied
  • N/A admitted
  • N/A enrolled

7,027 Undergraduates

$24,590 Tuition/Year

  • 366 Graduates
  • 203 Non-Degree
  • $24,590 in state
  • $744 fees
  • $14,012 room & board
  • $1,600 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Great Lakes Large City
Highest Degree Offered: Master's degree
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
School Mascot: Renegades
School Colors: Periwinkle, gray, black, and white
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Elizabeth from Prescott, AZ
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  • Columbia is a really distinct, vibrant, colorful, diverse atmosphere with a pinch of eccentric. The academics are great, but the social scene is really odd and difficult to fall into.…

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  • Stephanie from Brooklyn, NY
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  • Columbia College is absolutely the best school I could have possibly chosen for enhancing my career. Everyone at this school, whether student or staff, is unquestionably passionate and dedicated to…

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  • Selena from Orlando, FL
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  • The phrase you get what you put in is thrown around, and for good reasons. This could be the greatest place in the world, putting you in connection with your…

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Mission Statement

Columbia College Chicago is an arts and media-focused liberal arts college dedicated to rigorous academics, hands-on learning, collaboration and career preparation. With more than 120 years of deep experience, we encourage students to take creative risks, develop an authentic voice and author the culture of their time.

Columbia offers an inclusive learning community and an educational philosophy that weds theory with practice. Columbia gives students the opportunity to practice and perfect their craft from day one while grounding them in a liberal arts curriculum. Our location in Chicago—one of the most vibrant, forward-thinking cities in the world—provides students access to an array of cultural and professional experiences, and our award-winning faculty of working professionals prepare graduates for successful careers and leadership roles in their field.

Columbia College Chicago
  • Located in Chicago, IL
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 10,142 students enrolled
  • 92% admitted
  • $24,590 annual cost to attend


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 1
  • Ashley from Naperville, IL
  • I am a past student here

    Even though Columbia claims to be a liberal arts school, it's really an arts only school, which is fine, but if you're looking for an academically challenging environment, you won't find it here. I liked the creative environment, but the academics aren't worth the price.

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  • 4
  • S.H from Georgia
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    It's in the heart of Chicago, surrounded by many other colleges and museums.

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  • 5
  • Anne Marie from Wilmington, MA
  • I am a current student here

    I always knew that I wanted to live in a city, but where I am in the city is unbelievable! All of my classes are within a ten minute walk, I know of five different El stops within five minutes, and State Street is just beside me so I can do anything I want! I knew the school was a good fit for me, but living in the city is just perfect.

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  • 5
  • Larissa from Lexa, AR
  • I am a current student here

    I love columbia's location, right in the loop so it like living the dream early. Your own apartment right in the middle of what's happening.

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  • 5
  • Blake from Charleston, SC
  • I am a current student here

    Columbia is definitely a fun school. There are many activities that give students opportunities to work with one another. It does get a little cheesy at times, but you learn to love it. Besides, this is a great city! Chicago has cool people, food, and sites to see.

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