Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago Veteran Services & Resources

Is Columbia College Chicago a Good School for Veterans?

Veterans who have decided to continue their education should research their options to see which schools do a good job supporting those with prior military experience. That's why we've put together this report that gives you the facts about Columbia College Chicago veteran students. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Columbia College Chicago G.I. Bill Information

Info in This Veterans Report on Columbia:

How Does Columbia Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual's Best Schools for Veterans report is released each year to highlight colleges and universities that do an outstanding job supporting veterans while they are pursuing their education.

Columbia College Chicago was ranked #404 on the 2022 version of this list.The school also ranked #11 in our Best for Vets in Illinois ranking.

We also release our rankings by degree level so vets can see which schools are the best for the level of degree they want to pursue. Below you'll find how Columbia did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 378
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 273

You can also see how specific majors at Columbia fared when compared to the same major at other schools. The table below shows those majors which received the highest rankings for vets. Click here to see a full list of majors. From here, you can dive down into different types of rankings once you select a major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Documentary Production Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Documentary Production Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Movement Therapy and Movement Education Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Acoustics Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Theatre/Theatre Arts Management Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Acoustics Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Movement & Mind-Body Therapies Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Movement Therapy and Movement Education Colleges for Veterans 3
Best Recording Arts Technology/Technician Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Recording Arts Technology/Technician Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4

How Many Veterans Go to Columbia?

An increased number of veterans enrolling at a particular school means that college faculty are more adept at accommodating and supporting those with previous military experience.

The VA reports that there are 140 G.I. Bill® students at Columbia. There are 6,769 students enrolled at Columbia. This means that approximately 2.07% use the GI Bill® to help pay for tuition, fees, and other expenses. To put that into perspective, about three to four percent of college students in the U.S. are veterans according to the Student Veterans of America.

Note, this figure includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment). It doesn't include military personnel on active duty who are attending this college through Tuition Assistance. The total military population may be higher.

Federal Veteran Programs at Columbia

Columbia College Chicago participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
Principles of Excellence Yes
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Accommodate Military Service Members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Benefits Support
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
Will not use fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
Counseling Support
Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries.
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Columbia College Chicago does have a student veterans group.

Does Columbia Give Credit for Military Training?

Yes Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
Columbia may grant college credit to you if you have specific knowledge from your life experiences. Check with the school for more details.

Columbia might grant college credit to those who have completed specialized military training. Contact the school to find out more about the particulars.

Columbia Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Implied No Air Force ROTC
Implied No Army ROTC
Implied No Navy ROTC
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are not available at Columbia.

Complaints to the VA About Columbia

Our data shows that this school has not received any complaints at the VA.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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