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Columbia College Chicago


Undergraduate & Graduate Degree Programs


Chicago, IL

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U.S News #16 in Most Innovative Schools

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- Spotlight

- Located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Cultural Mile, Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
- Columbia’s tuition and fees–$27,786 for '21-'22–are among the most affordable of all private arts and media colleges in the nation.
- Columbia has more than 96,000 alumni, making our network among the largest of any arts and media college in the world.

- Application Deadline

- BFA and BMus programs except Interior Architecture - January 19
- Other Programs - April 15
- Acting 89(BFA) and Musical Theatre Performance (BFA) - December 1, 2021
Other Programs - December 15, 2021

*The application deadline is subject to change. And each major may have different deadline. Please double check with your IPERC adviser.

- Estimated Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $31,026/year

- Scholarships

Merit Scholarship
Amount: N/A
Separate Application: No

- Minimum Application Requirements

English Proficiency
- TOEFL - 80
- IELTS - 6.5
- PTE - 60
- Duolingo - 105

- Application Checklist

- Submit Online Application
- $25 Application Fee
- Official Secondary Transcripts provided via email or mailing by previously attended institutions
- WES/EDC/EP Transcript Evaluation for transfer students
- Proof of English Proficiency
- Personal Statement
- Portfolio/Audition required for BFA and BMus degrees applicants

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