Columbia College Chicago, established in the year 1890 is a private institute. It is one of the pioneer colleges in Chicago. The college is home to students from all over the world. Students identify themselves as black non-hispanic, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander/ Hawaii Native and multiracial as well. Many of the students are first-generation college attendees.
The college also runs one of the unique program i.e. Buddy Program that is designed especially for the international students. It pairs the international student with a current Columbian student for a semester. The buddy will provide the overall guidance to the international student.
Student employment, on campus work opportunities are also offered to the students.
The following are the rankings of the college as per the US News for the year 2020
Times Higher Education has ranked the college >600th in the world for the 2020 year.
|Year of Foundation||1890|
|Type of college||Private|
|Accreditation||Higher Learning Commission (HLC)|
|Class size||Up to 18|
|Accreditations||Higher Learning Commission|
|Student-faculty ratio||14: 1|
Columbia College Chicago offers both Undergraduate and Master’s programs to international students. There are more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by the college. The programs are offered in the field of Media, Arts, and Business of the arts.
A solid foundation is provided in all the programs and students also develop professional-grade portfolios over their course of study. Award-winning faculty members are there to prepare the students for better careers by shaping them.
The Columbia College’s campus is a place to study, work, live, and play. Since the college is located in the USA’s one of the best cities, it has a lot to offer the students. The diverse culture and art, better career opportunities, and creative energy as well.
There are more than 50 student clubs. Residing on campus is the safest option as there are around 2,290 students living on campus and more than 60 security officers are always posted throughout the year.
Here a student can collaborate in the college’s day today events, explore the city, and can also take advantage of the college's connection in the industries. A student can find each and everything such as cultural destinations, restaurants, grocery stores, and classes within the walking distance.
The college offers residence halls that are convenient and located steps away from the main campus buildings and close to public transportation. All of them are under CCTV surveillance ensuring the students safety and are also enabled with wifi. Below are some of the housing options available at the college:
Apart from the above on campus housing options students can also go for the off-campus housing options in the USA.
The pie chart given above clearly shows the breakdown of students opting for the accommodation options. The maximum number of students opted to for on-campus accommodation with very few students who chose to live outside the campus.
With an uncomplicated application process the student is required to prepare the documents before applying to the college. The following is the information regarding the admission for the students seeking admission at Columbia College Chicago for the undergraduate and graduate programs.
The following are the requirements for the students wishing to take admission in the undergraduate programs.
Application fee: Application fee for international students is 75 USD
Columbia’s cost of attendance is based on the full-time student’s living cost which is as follows.
|Expenses||UG Student (USD)*||Graduate Student (USD)*|
|Books and supplies||800||962|
|Room and board||8228||8228|
*Charges vary from year to year.
Renewable scholarships are provided by the Columbia College to the students. It is based on their achievements, talent, artist, and financial need.
Albert p. Weisman Award, Alfred Berkowitz Award, Assistantship, and Charles Suber Scholarship are some of the scholarships offered to the international students.
Selected students will be getting an amount up to 2,000 USD Per semester.
Some other scholarships in the USA are also available to manage the expenses.
Columbia College Chicago’s alumni help to shape the present lot of students at the college. Performing on stage or screen to starting their own business, dancing, designing, managing, writing, and directing are some of the professions opted by the Columbia's alumni.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais (award winning photojournalist), Tony Merevick (Editor, Thrillist New York), Mary Mitchell (columnist, Chicago Sun- Times) are some of the renowned alumni of Columbia College Chicago.
After graduating, an alumnus can use the library of the Columbia College Chicago. Borrowing books, DVD’s, CD’s,using electronic databases, attending library events, using computer computers, and the library's reading room can be done by the alumni of the college.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$26,610 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Columbia College Chicago Enrollment||8892|
|Average Graduation Rate||41.7%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$26,610 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$36,840 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,600 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$13,630 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,003 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$13,630 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,003 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$2,936 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$3,493 / Year|
|North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
based on 4 students ratings
Columbia's inclusive environment for people of all genders, race or preference had me sold. I was also looking for a college within the local community that accepted me in their arms with art as its main focus.
The course curriculum is very inviting and the teachers help with research and give you internships. At the end of every class, you are voluntarily asked to give your responses about the class taken. Whether you take it seriously or not is a personal choice.
Close to home in the heart of the city. The availability and quality of the programs and education offered. The challenge of the curriculum and the diversity of the students is very rewarding.
It is a fascinating and challenging curriculum. The quality of the programs and the opportunities available in networking and building a portfolio and building your career opportunities has been rewarding.
I liked the quality of the program and I wanted to live in Chicago. I saw the college at a job fair and decided to apply when learning it was a liberal arts college without sororities or fraternities.
I think it was decent. I would say you probably get a bit better at other colleges, but I had the experience of being in college during the 2016 election so a lot of my time was covering that. Also being in a city gives you lots of chances to learn in the field.
I think Columbia has an excellent reputation. The school is wonderful at helping students find internships and even jobs after graduation. They also have some very successful alumni. I feel that by going to Columbia, I have a great chance of finding a stable career in photography.
I enjoy the course curriculum. I love how students are able to take classes related to their major freshman year and be engaged in the program. I would disagree with some of the requirements for classes because general education courses usually have nothing to do with photography, however, it is a liberal arts school so I understand it is a requirement.
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary