Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Columbia College Chicago, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Columbia College Chicago Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Columbia College Chicago was awarded 190 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is movement therapy and movement education.

Overall Quality

Columbia landed the #971 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Columbia held the #1,128 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Columbia also holds the #46 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Columbia?

Acceptance Rate

Columbia College Chicago has an acceptance rate of 90%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Columbia.

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Columbia College Chicago Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Columbia College Chicago is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbia College Chicago is 31%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  31 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia College Chicago

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Columbia College Chicago is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Columbia have a four-year graduation rate of 38%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  38 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Columbia College Chicago.

Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,542 undergraduates at Columbia with 6,117 being full-time and 425 being part-time.

How Much Does Columbia College Chicago Cost?

The overall average net price of Columbia is $31,099. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Columbia

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$27,120 $27,397 $31,071 $33,864 $34,148

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Columbia, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Columbia, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $7,453 a year. That adds up to $29,812 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Columbia is 9.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Columbia Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Columbia make around $34,400 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 14% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Columbia College Chicago make the most money.

Location of Columbia College Chicago

Located in Chicago, Illinois, Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Chicago makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Columbia are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605-1996
Phone: 312-369-1000

Columbia College Chicago Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 29 majors graduated from Columbia College Chicago. Of these students, 1,379 received undergraduate degrees and 115 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 312 $24,149
Design & Applied Arts 272 $30,748
Drama & Theater Arts 157 $22,806
Arts & Media Management 106 $28,895
Graphic Communications 82 $26,933
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 63 $28,790
Music 56 $20,982
Audiovisual Communications 53 $30,264
Writing Studies 50 $21,824
Public Relations & Advertising 35 $38,289

Learn more about the majors offered at Columbia College Chicago along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

This is a decrease from the 32 students who took online classes the previous year.

Learn more about online learning at Columbia College Chicago.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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