Columbia College Chicago

2,377 reviews
  1. Chicago, IL
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  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 ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

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.106 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.107 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.104 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 52 responses
Report
  • I describe a Columbia College student as... artsy!
    38%
  • Individualist
    12%
  • "Create Change"
    12%
  • Unique, different from every other school
    8%
  • Predictable Hipsters
    8%
  • Different
    6%
  • Special snowflakes
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
67%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.95 responses
Poll
89%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.174 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    49%
  • Passionate
    29%
  • Independent
    16%
  • Nonchalant
    7%
  • Exuberant
    0%

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%
64%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses

Reviews

2,377 reviews
  • Excellent
    501
  • Very Good
    794
  • Average
    768
  • Poor
    166
  • Terrible
    136
Columbia College Chicago is an amazing school that consists of great diversity in classes and people. The artistic and chill vibe of the school is complemented by the beautiful South Loop of Chicago.
  • Freshman
  • 19 days ago
Great teachers, but internal school workings need some polishing.
  • College Senior
  • 22 days ago
Columbia has a special place in my heart. I choose this school because I feel like I'm fulfilling a life for myself and one that was lost. My cousin was enrolled to join Columbia years ago but died unexpectedly right after high school. I feel like I am seeing the world through his spirit, I'm also doing something none of my parents have ever done before by getting a degree. And this is for me. What makes Columbia unique is its spirit, its long standing history and it is a symbol of Chicago. Columbia is a part of Chicago and it thrives as a cultural icon, a culture of art. To do it all again, I would choose Columbia but I wish they would update their photography department print lab. I hear the Art Institute has a better lab there.
  • College Junior
  • 25 days ago