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Columbia College Chicago Stats, Info and Facts

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10,310 students

83% admitted

  • 9,224 full time
  • 1,086 part time
  • 4,846 men full time
  • 5,464 women full time
  • N/A applied
  • N/A admitted
  • N/A enrolled

10,142 Undergraduates

$22,884 tuition/year

  • 366 Graduates
  • 203 Non-Degree
  • $22,884 in state
  • $1,294 fees
  • $12,450 room & board
  • $1,708 books
  • (Based on stats from 2012/2013)

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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
  • Courtney from Saint Louis, MO
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  • Columbia College Chicago was more than just a great experience for me. I can't even explain how diverse the people are there as far as talent and culture . They…

  • Jun-27-2012 Read More
  • 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.…

  • Nov-16-2012 Read More
  • Nancy from Chicago, IL
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  • Columbia College is a creative and very interactive kind of school. It has allowed me to discover my creativity and what I am really passionate about. The teachers and students…

  • Apr-24-2012 Read More
  • 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…

  • Feb-27-2013 Read More
  • Sean from Tinley Park, IL
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  • My experience over the past year has been very positive and I am 100% positive that I selected the perfect match for my college career. There are very few colleges…

  • Sep-21-2012 Read More
Mission Statement

Columbia College Chicago is a non-profit arts, media, and communications 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.

Columbia offers Bachelor's degrees in hundreds of programs of study in the arts, with an educational philosophy that weds theory with practice. We offer an immersive creative learning environment designed to give students the opportunity to practice and perfect their craft from day one, while grounding them in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. Our award-winning faculty of working professionals and our urban campus—which provides access to an array of cultural and professional experiences—prepare graduates for an arts career in the 21st century.


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
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  • Ashley from Naperville, IL
  • Jan-03-2012 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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  • S.H from Georgia
  • Dec-27-2011 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
  • Nov-16-2011 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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  • Larissa from Lexa, AR
  • Nov-10-2011 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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  • Blake from Charleston, SC
  • Oct-18-2011 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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