Columbia, founded in 1890, is a private college of liberal arts, public arts, and information media studies. Its facilities are located in high-rise buildings in Chicago.

Website: www.colum.edu/

Private
Co-ed
6,568
Undergraduate
Students
(57.7%) 3,791 Women
(42.3%) 2,777 Men
257
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate
87% of 8,088 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.34
SAT Math
480-590 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
577 average
520-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23 average
20-27 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
Not available
Tuition and Fees
$26,610
Room and Board
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
54%
Average Freshman Award
$14,990
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
278
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 58% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Chicago Population
2,714,856
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
34% of all students
Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.2% Asian
13.8% Black/African-American
17.1% Hispanic/Latino
4.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
56.0% White
3.6% Unknown
International Students
5.1% from 28 countries
First-Year Students Returning
68.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
37.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Minimally Difficult: Most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is not required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English    
Mathematics    
Science    
Foreign Language    
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted Not reported
SAT Only Considered if submitted Not reported
ACT Only Considered if submitted Not reported
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted Not reported
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
600 South Michigan Avenue
City, State, Zip
Chicago, IL 60605-1996
Phone
(312) 369-7130
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@colum.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Not available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins November 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
Work samples aren't required for admission, but we do invite you to upload any creative work you feel strengthens your application. Portfolios may also be submitted for scholarship and award consideration. Guidelines for portfolio submission by field of study can be found on our website. recommended for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
87% of 8,088 applicants were admitted
Women
90% of 5,022 applicants were admitted
Men
83% of 3,066 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,967 (28%) of 7,041 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,069 (24%) of 4,507 admitted students enrolled
Men
785 (31%) of 2,534 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.34
3.75 and Above
22%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
22%
2.00 - 2.49
7%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
480-590 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
4%
Score of 600 - 700
18%
Score of 500 - 600
50%
Score of 400 - 500
23%
Score of 300 - 400
5%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
577 average
520-640 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
7%
Score of 600 - 700
37%
Score of 500 - 600
38%
Score of 400 - 500
17%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23 average
20-27 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
7%
Score of 24 - 29
36%
Score of 18 - 23
45%
Score of 12 - 17
12%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 12%
Top quarter: 35%
Top half: 72%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
Not available
Tuition and Fees
$26,610
Room and Board
Not reported
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline December 1
Final deadline June 30
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning November 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001665
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,266 (91.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
957 (77.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
938 (96.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
268 (17.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
54%
Average Award
$14,990
Need-Based Gift
Received by 904 (94.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $12,472
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 794 (87.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,656
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 7 (1.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Received by .1% of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
5,356 (83.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
4,244 (79.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
4,181 (97.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,262 (19.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
50%
Average Award
$14,142
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,789 (89.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,976
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,747 (90.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,888
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 190 (5.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
55 (.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,096

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Business, Communication, Education, English, Humanities
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$3,900
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Acoustics
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Communication, General
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Deaf Studies
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Documentary Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • General Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musical Theatre
  • Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician
  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Most Popular Disciplines
Visual and performing arts, Communication/journalism, Business/marketing
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
278
Part-Time Faculty
648
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 58% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 20% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 44% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 36% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
357,386
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts Management, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Chicago Population
2,714,856
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Campus Size
 

Weather

Temperature
12.9 average low in January, 79.6 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Chicago
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Chicago

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
34% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Women's Club Sports
basketball
Men's Club Sports
basketball

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, black student union, columbia pride, muggles association of columbia, improv club, student athletics association
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
6,568
Women
3,791 (57.7%)
Men
2,777 (42.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,073
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.2% Asian
13.8% Black/African-American
17.1% Hispanic/Latino
4.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
56.0% White
3.6% Unknown
International Students.
5.1% from 28 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
257

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
68.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
37.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
46.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
44.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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