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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Columbia Chicago is a private college located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,436 undergraduate students. The Columbia Chicago acceptance rate is 92%. Popular majors include Cinematography and Video Production, Retail Management, and Graphic Design. Graduating 44% of students, Columbia Chicago alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,900.
About Columbia College Chicago...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
600 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605
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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
92%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$31,484/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,255/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.143 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.158 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.155 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,436Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
591
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 100 responses
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  • I describe a Columbia College student as... artsy!
    35%
  • All of the Above
    11%
  • Individualist
    10%
  • Unique, different from every other school
    9%
  • "Create Change"
    8%
  • Different
    6%
  • Special snowflakes
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
74%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.139 responses
Poll
88%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.222 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 100 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    53%
  • Passionate
    30%
  • Independent
    9%
  • Nonchalant
    5%
  • Exuberant
    1%
  • Home away from home
    1%
  • Underrated
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.89 responses
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The best part about Columbia College was the campus... downtown Chicago! The campus was spread throughout the loop, but not too spread out that it takes forever to get to your next class. On your break between classes you could walk amongst the beautiful architecture of Chicago and study or eat lunch in Millennium Park if you wanted. If you love the city, you're going to love this school. I never had any issues with any of the professors, the classes were interesting (at least the classes that had to do with my major), and the administration was decent when compared to other schools. I feel that the tuition was a little high with it being classified as "college" instead of a "university". All in all, I am glad I chose Columbia for my BA in Graphic Design.
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I liked this teacher who wouldn't mince words when he was trying to teach me how to improve on my storytelling skills as a writer and comic book artist. He's concrete and can back up his teachings with his talents.
I like Columbia College's financial aid program called CAP. With this program I am able to do things I would not be able to do such as on occasion get something to eat, counseling or someone to talk to about anything, tutoring, and one occasion was able to see my first bulls game for free!
However the tuition bill could always use some work.
I love that the music composition degree at Columbia encompasses all aspects that makeup composition. The music department's philosophy is teaching students how to become modern musicians and composers in today's music industry. To accommodate this, they completely revised the music curriculum to focus on contemporary music exclusively. Although I appreciate the importance of writing contemporary music, I believe it is just as important to understand the evolution of music composition. Although there are limited opportunities to learn how about the music from the 18th and 19th centuries, I was happy to discover that private composition lessons can accommodate this academic goal. As I enter my sophomore year, I hope to see an equal balance between contemporary music and music written before the 1900s.