Columbia College, Chicago

600 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605

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Columbia College, Chicago

Columbia College, Chicago Student Essentials

Columbia College, Chicago Student Essentials
Region: Midwest
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Website: www.colum.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Open Admissions
In-State Tuition: $21,730
Out-of-State Tuition: $21,730
Retention Rate: 63%
Enrollment: 12,741
Year Established: 1890

About Columbia College, Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a non-profit arts and media college, purposefully designed for creatives, by creatives. With nearly 10,000 students and more than 120 years of deep experience, Columbia has become an international leader in teaching students how to launch successful careers doing what they love.

Our student body consists of students who come from all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries. The College admits students after a holistic review of their entire application—not just their test scores or class rank. We offer a four-year liberal arts education with Bachelor’s degrees in hundreds of programs of study in the arts, media, and communications.

Our educational philosophy is rooted in the essential wedding of theory with practice. Our students are immersed in a creative learning environment designed to give them ample opportunity to test and perfect their craft, while grounding them in a rigorous academic curriculum that provides the intellectual, analytical, and creative capacity to succeed in their chosen fields.

Columbia’s faculty members are masters in their fields (artists, designers, executives, writers, filmmakers, marketers, journalists, musicians, entrepreneurs, dancers) with national reputations. They are scholars and experienced instructors who provide our students with access to valuable expertise, insight, viewpoints, and industry-current aesthetics.

Columbia is an eclectic, urban environment located in Chicago's education and arts corridor, providing students with access to internship and career opportunities, and an array of entertainment—from museums, galleries, and theaters to restaurants, coffeehouses, parks, and sports stadiums. Convenient public transportation allows Columbia’s faculty and students to use the whole city as a social, cultural, educational, and professional resource, effectively turning the entire city into our campus.

Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 4 Reviews

75% of students gave Columbia College, Chicago 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Columbia College provides an excellent atmosphere outside academia and within. The people are welcoming and everyone is friendly. Columbia has a lot of programs to become involved in and immerse you in the Chicago scene.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2005

Overall Rating

When I attended, it was extremely diverse, talented in regardig the arts. Students could really explore their different talents. Students also had the ability to get involved in their major there first semester! I really enjoyed my four year career at Columbia. I considered Columbia my stumping ground


Columbia College, Chicago Map & Location

Columbia College, Chicago
600 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605


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Getting Around Columbia College, Chicago

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Transit

Excellent transit. This area has plenty of convenient public transportation.

10/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Chicago, IL

Winter
Dec
35
23
Jan
31
18
Feb
36
22
Spring
Mar
47
31
Apr
59
42
May
70
52
Summer
Jun
80
62
Jul
84
68
Aug
82
66
Fall
Sep
75
58
Oct
63
46
Nov
49
35

Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 12,168
Freshman Class 3,893
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 12,741

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 13%
  • African American: 18%
  • Caucasian: 61%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Unknown and Other: 5%
Latino 13%
African American 18%
Caucasian 61%
Asian 2%
Unknown and Other 5%

Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%
Full-Time 0%
Part-Time 100%
International 2%
Domestic 98%

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