Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL 60605-1996

Overview

Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 8,120
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,400 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
No
Types of Programs Offered
Academic
No
Occupational
No
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
No
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
No
High school education
No
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
No
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
No
ROTC - Army
No
ROTC - Navy
No
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
No
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates

Admission

88%
Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Columbia College Chicago is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 8,324 applications and 7,330 students were granted admission. Columbia College Chicago is at the #86 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.

Application Fee

$35
Undergrad students
$55
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Columbia College Chicago's tuition was $24,590 for all students regardless of residency (8.2% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

$29,530
Average Net Price
(2016-2017)
National Average = $22,127
$24,590
In State Tuition
(2016-2017)
National Average = $26,792
$24,590
Out of State Tuition
(2016-2017)
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 88% of Columbia College Chicago's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 35% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,459 (which is 1.3% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Columbia College Chicago in 2016-2017, was 1,212, which is 69% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,679 (which is 3.7% below the national average.)

$4,459
Average
Pell Grant
(2016-2017)
National Average = $4,400
$5,679
Average
Federal Loan
(2016-2017)
National Average = $5,895
88%
Financial aid
awarded
(2016-2017)
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Columbia College Chicago has enrolled a total of 8,120 students (7,365 students full-time and 755 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 8,120 students, 678 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 42% men and 58% women and 7,809 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 311 for graduates studies.

8,120
Total Enrollment
678
Transfers

Student Diversity

White: 55%

Black/African American: 14%

Hispanic: 13%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%

Two or more races: 4%

Non-resident alien: 4%

Asian: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Majors

Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Columbia College Chicago.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Visual And Performing Arts 40% 2,418
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 9% 537
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 5% 330
Communications Technologies/technicians And Support Services 4% 272
English Language And Literature/letters 4% 267
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 2% 100
Health Professions And Related Programs 2% 100
Education 1% 87
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1% 40
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0% 24

Graduation & Dropout Rates

45%
Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Columbia College Chicago full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

1%
Still enrolled
54%
Dropout rate
--
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

$25,900
Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Columbia College Chicago graduates 6 years after enrollment is $25,900. Last year, out of the total 4,913 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 4,471 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 4,208 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 3,619 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $25,900 $33,400
Employment Rate 91% 86%
Total Graduates 4,913 4,208

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Columbia College Chicago.

Spertus College
0.1 mile away
East-West University
0.2 mile away
Roosevelt University
0.2 mile away
American Academy of Art
0.3 mile away
DePaul University
0.3 mile away