Columbia College Chicago is the largest and most diverse private non-profit arts and media college in the nation. We offer a four-year liberal arts education specifically tailored for a community of gifted, highly motivated students who want to turn their creative talents into rewarding careers. Our student body is comprised of approximately 11,200 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 – and then provides them with the rigorous academics and unparalleled resources necessary to be successful in a highly competitive 21st century marketplace.
We offer Bachelor’s degrees in more than 120 programs of study in the arts, media, and communications. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with practical, real-world understandings of their chosen fields and to prepare them to meet professional expectations. Columbia’s faculty members are industry insiders (artists, designers, executives, writers, filmmakers, marketers, journalists, musicians, entrepreneurs, dancers) with national reputations. They are experienced, award-winning instructors who share their first-hand knowledge with students both in and out of the classroom. Interaction with faculty members who are practicing professionals themselves provides our students with access to valuable expertise, insight, viewpoints, and industry-current aesthetics.
Columbia is an eclectic, urban environment located in the city’s historic South Loop neighborhood. Close by are several other colleges and universities, Navy Pier, the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute, the Field Museum, the Chicago Symphony, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Harold Washington Library, and the Goodman Theatre. Convenient public transportation allows Columbia’s faculty and students to utilize the whole city as a social, cultural, educational, and professional resource – effectively turning the entire city into our campus.