2,392 reviews
  1. Chicago, IL
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C
Columbia College Chicago is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
600 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605
Website

Columbia College Chicago Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
SAT Scores Range
Data not available
ACT Scores Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Columbia College Chicago

Cost

Net Price
$27,839/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $24,913/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,288/ year
  • $49-75k
    $28,226/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,407/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,629/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.143 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.145 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.142 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,172Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 87 responses
Report
  • I describe a Columbia College student as... artsy!
    34%
  • Individualist
    11%
  • Unique, different from every other school
    10%
  • "Create Change"
    9%
  • All of the Above
    8%
  • Special snowflakes
    7%
  • Different
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
67%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.126 responses
Poll
88%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.209 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 87 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    52%
  • Passionate
    31%
  • Independent
    10%
  • Nonchalant
    6%
  • Exuberant
    1%

After Columbia College Chicago

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.89 responses

Columbia College Chicago Reviews

2,392 reviews
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I love this school so much! The people, the location, the classes and the dorms. It's really great. It's not your typical college and that's what I love about it, I feel like I'm in the real world. Your classes are small so you're able to have meaningful discussions with your classmates and all my professors have been really good. If the arts is something you want to go for, check this school out. Yes its expensive but honestly what college isn't these days. You're getting what you pay for and you're in the heart of Chicago as your playground. Work hard and apply for scholarships if your serious about this school and I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out. It's truly amazing!
Columbia College Chicago offers an intense American Sign Language- English Interpretation Program. After conducting research for months, I decided to apply here because of it's reputation. From day one, you are integrated into the Deaf community. You have nothing but Deaf professors teaching you their native language, and have Certified Interpreters also teaching the interpreting classes. The mandatory deaf event hours help push students to integrate in the deaf community appropriately, and all the professors pull the best out of you, each and every time! Regardless of the high tuition cost, I would still apply to this College again and again!
The school emphasizes creativity and "living what you love". Tuition is very expensive, even in-state, for what feels like a bunch of community college level gen ed courses, with very intensive and engulfing programs for those that are 100% set on what they want to do in the arts and entertainment industry. For those that are still uncertain, I would recommend staying away from CCC.If you truly are passionate about the arts, go for it!