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IPEDS ID: 144281
OPE ID: 00166500
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Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan, Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996
General information:  (312) 663-1600
Website:  www.colum.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  7,312 (7,027 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  14 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty272707
Instructional272707
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-27
Instructional-27
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$23,544$24,344$25,334$26,4744.5%
Books and supplies$1,708$1,600$1,600$1,6000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,450$13,050$13,298$13,6302.5%
Other$3,704$2,856$2,936$2,003-31.8%
Off Campus
Room and board$12,450$13,050$13,298$13,6302.5%
Other$3,704$2,856$2,936$2,003-31.8%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,704$2,856$2,936$3,49319.0%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$41,406$41,850$43,168$43,7071.2%
Off Campus$41,406$41,850$43,168$43,7071.2%
Off Campus with Family$28,956$28,800$29,870$31,5675.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Tuition$26,808
Fees$894
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,34988%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,27283%$13,043,965$10,255
Federal grants55736%$2,432,140$4,366
Pell grants55736%$2,339,640$4,200
Other federal grants503%$92,500$1,850
State/local government grant or scholarships32521%$1,300,910$4,003
Institutional grants or scholarships1,18377%$9,310,915$7,871
Student loan aid1,07070%$8,836,338$8,258
Federal student loans1,05969%$5,863,119$5,536
Other student loans15610%$2,973,219$19,059
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid15,63172%$54,410,923$9,663
Pell grants2,76235%$11,392,582$4,125
Federal student loans5,27768%$36,721,427$6,959
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2014-20152015-20162016-2017
Average net price$29,181$29,530$31,484
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$25,969$26,192$28,875
$30,001 – $48,000$26,520$26,962$28,966
$48,001 – $75,000$30,276$30,220$31,319
$75,001 – $110,000$31,363$32,160$33,988
$110,001 and more$33,989$33,259$34,317
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2017
Total enrollment7,312
Undergraduate enrollment7,027
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment703
Graduate enrollment285
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 42%
Female: 58%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic/Latino: 15%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 54%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 5%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 91%
25 and over: 9%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 44%
Out-of-state: 52%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 1%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 80%
Part-time: 20%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants8,1212,9885,132
Percent admitted92%88%94%
Percent admitted who enrolled19%22%18%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 66%
Part-time students: 18%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 65 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 44%
Transfer-out rate: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 29%
6-year: 42%
8-year: 43%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 33%
6-year: 44%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 40%
Female: 47%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 57%
Asian: 55%
Black or African American: 27%
Hispanic/Latino: 43%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 51%
Two or more races: 35%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 41%
Non-resident alien: 61%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 42%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 40%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 35%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 43%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 46%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 38%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 22%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 44%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 14%
Enrolled at same institution: 3%
Enrolled at different institution: 37%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 25%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 48%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 59%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 30%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 53%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 32%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 61%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 40%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 40%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 48%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 37%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Deaf Studies2--
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other7--
Category total9--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other-4-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General50--
Retail Management118--
Category total1684-
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects50--
Recording Arts Technology/Technician78--
Category total128--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Advertising34--
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia3--
Journalism5411-
Photojournalism1--
Public Relations/Image Management39--
Radio and Television98--
Category total22911-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General6--
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design0--
Category total6--
Education
Art Teacher Education-8-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching13--
Elementary Education and Teaching-5-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-0-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-0-
Category total1313-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing8233-
Category total8233-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation13--
Category total13--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Dance Therapy/Therapist-01
Movement Therapy and Movement Education-1911
Category total-1912
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies1--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies0--
Category total1--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other339-
Category total339-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management6--
Category total6--
Physical Sciences
Acoustics14--
Category total14--
Visual and Performing Arts
Acting61--
Art History, Criticism and Conservation4--
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General15--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production3390-
Commercial and Advertising Art29--
Dance, General20--
Design and Visual Communications, General0--
Directing and Theatrical Production7--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General12--
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other43--
Fashion/Apparel Design38--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies016-
Fine and Studio Arts Management380-
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other110-
Fine/Studio Arts, General25--
Game and Interactive Media Design3--
Graphic Design108--
Illustration30--
Industrial and Product Design3--
Interior Design310-
Intermedia/Multimedia8--
Music Management9821-
Music Performance, General1--
Music Technology1--
Music Theory and Composition5--
Music, General63--
Music, Other612-
Musical Theatre24--
Photography7111-
Playwriting and Screenwriting3--
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology22--
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management28--
Category total1,14760-
Grand total1,84914912
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 105
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $19,471
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 89%
Part-time students: 50%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1974 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations12152
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations12152
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape536
Fondling034
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery423
Aggravated assault110
Burglary645
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape536
Fondling034
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery400
Aggravated assault110
Burglary112
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201520142013
Default rate8.9%9.4%9.1%
Number in default287318339
Number in repayment3,2083,3673,724
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)