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Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL
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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 7,809
   Women 4,501 (57.6%)
   Men 3,308 (42.4%)
Graduate Students 311
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 88% of 8,325 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.13
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23 average
19-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $43,128
  Tuition and Fees $25,294
  Room and Board $13,298
Average Percent of Need Met Not reported
Average Freshman Award Not reported
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
Not reported
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 374
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 8% of classes
10-19 students: 68% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Chicago Population 2,714,856
Nearest Metropolitan Area Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 73% of freshmen, 27% of all students
Athletic Conferences  
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.5% Asian
14.7% Black/African-American
13.8% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
56.8% White
6.2% Unknown
International Students 3.4% from 31 countries
First-Year Students Returning 70.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 29.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported