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
7,027
Undergraduate
Students
(54.0%) 3,795 Women
(46.0%) 3,232 Men
285
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate
92% of 8,117 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.28
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
23 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$45,644
Tuition and Fees
$27,176
Room and Board
$14,012
Average Percent of Need Met
57%
Average Freshman Award
$10,539
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,208
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
272
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
32% 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
3.7% Asian
13.8% Black/African-American
15.4% Hispanic/Latino
4.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
57.1% White
5.2% Unknown
International Students
4.1% from 51 countries
First-Year Students Returning
66.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
33.3%
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 Not Reported
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
Not reported
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
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 recommended for all freshmen
Other
Digital portfolio/video audition recommended for some 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
92% of 8,117 applicants were admitted
Women
94% of 5,129 applicants were admitted
Men
88% of 2,988 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,967 (26%) of 7,438 admitted students enrolled
Women
848 (18%) of 4,800 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,119 (42%) of 2,638 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
3.28
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
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
7%
Score of 24 - 29
37%
Score of 18 - 23
45%
Score of 12 - 17
11%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 10%
Top quarter: 32%
Top half: 64%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$45,644
Tuition and Fees
$27,176
Room and Board
$14,012
Books and Supplies
$1,600
Other Expenses
$2,856
Payment Plans
Installment plan

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
Not reported
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 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,397 (91.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,080 (77.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,041 (96.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
181 (17.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
57%
Average Award
$10,539
Need-Based Gift
Received by 980 (94.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,945
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 910 (87.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $67
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 20 (1.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2 (.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $26,900

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
5,923 (83.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
4,798 (81.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
4,699 (97.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
936 (19.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
55%
Average Award
$9,862
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,213 (89.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,531
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,263 (90.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $138
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 245 (5.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
36 (.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,659

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
76%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,208
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, Mathematics
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
Children of Faculty/Staff
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance Therapy/Therapist
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Industrial and Product Design
  • Interior Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Photography
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician
  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
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
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
272
Part-Time Faculty
707
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 Fine Arts, Master of Arts Management, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Arts Administration
  • Comparative and Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Entertainment Management
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Therapies--Dance, Drama, and Music
  • Writing

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
Students in College Housing
32% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
68%
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
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
7,027
Women
3,795 (54.0%)
Men
3,232 (46.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,436
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.7% Asian
13.8% Black/African-American
15.4% Hispanic/Latino
4.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
57.1% White
5.2% Unknown
International Students.
4.1% from 51 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
285

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
66.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
33.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
42.1%
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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