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Columbia College Chicago Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Columbia College Chicago? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Columbia offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Columbia College Chicago Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Columbia College Chicago was awarded 32 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

Columbia landed the #1,128 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Columbia held the #1,272 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 61 colleges in Illinois, Columbia is ranked at #46.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Columbia?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 92%, Columbia has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

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Columbia College Chicago Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Columbia College Chicago, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Columbia this rate is 29%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  29 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Columbia

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,027 undergraduates at Columbia with 6,436 being full-time and 591 being part-time.

Columbia Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 95.90 out of 100, Columbia is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  95.90 out of 100
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How Much Does Columbia College Chicago Cost?

The overall average net price of Columbia is $30,924. 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 +
$27,020 $28,096 $31,221 $33,552 $34,153

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 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,956 a year. That adds up to $31,824 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Columbia is 9.4%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Columbia Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Columbia make about $34,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 14% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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Location of Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Columbia College Chicago

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 28 majors graduated from Columbia College Chicago. Of these students, 1,560 received undergraduate degrees and 111 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 331 $21,700
Design & Applied Arts 253 $27,200
Drama & Theater Arts 185 $20,700
Arts & Media Management 149 $25,600
Music 72 $18,200
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 63 $23,300
Audiovisual Communications 63 $26,300
Business Administration & Management 63 $34,400
Public Relations & Advertising 55 $29,900
Writing Studies 52 $20,000

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

Online Learning at Columbia

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 14 students took at least one online class at Columbia College Chicago. This is an increase from the 9 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 14 14
2016-2017 9 9
2015-2016 0 0
2014-2015 0 0
2013-2014 0 0

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