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Columbia College Chicago Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Columbia College Chicago, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Columbia College Chicago Ranked?

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2021 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 32 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Columbia is ranked #1,128 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

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

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 92%, some consider Columbia to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

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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 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 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 29%. This is comparable to the national average 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 6,708 undergraduates at Columbia with 6,252 being full-time and 456 being part-time.

Columbia Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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?

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 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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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.


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