Columbia College Chicago

2,372 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 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.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

Reviews

2,372 reviews
  • Excellent
    505
  • Very Good
    797
  • Average
    768
  • Poor
    166
  • Terrible
    136
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!
  • College Junior
  • Nov 13 2015
Columbia College Chicago is a wonderful arts and design school located in Chicago. Their location is one of my favorite things about them: right in heart of beautiful downtown Chicago! Columbia College's students get to learn in the wonderful metropolitan environment of one of the best cities in the world. The teachers are dedicated, passionate, and want their students to succeed. Columbia students are friendly, welcoming, and all passionate about their various art forms and other interests. For anyone that is artistic and creative, this is the place to be.
  • College Freshman
  • Aug 15 2015
Aesthetics: great. Lots of pubic student centers with great atmospheres. Lots of colors. Comfy chairs. Strange but friendly art kids everywhere.
Athletic centers: there is actually an athletic center! It's not even that bad. Medium size, has quite of few actives like mat classes and yoga. Pretty decent gym.
The library is very nice. It's big and well-stocked. If you need a book that the library doesn't have, they can borrow it from another school. Lots of computers, printers, scanners, the works.
Green spaces: there's a new building that is completely "green". It uses renewable natural energy and has a rooftop garden.
Campus events and traditions: Lots of campus events. Everyday. IN every public space there is a poster of what's going on that day. The freshman orientation week is really cool and well-planned.
  • College Sophomore
  • Jan 11 2014