Columbia College Chicago: Narrative Description

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600 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605-1996
Tel: (312)663-1600; Admissions: (312)663-1600; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $69.7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $3.8 million. Total enrollment: 9,915. Faculty: 1,662 (295 full-time, 1,367 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 3,293 applied, 90% were admitted. 41% from top quarter of their high school class, 72% from top half. Full-time: 7,792 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 1,473 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 73 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 16% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 19% 25 or older, 14% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; liberal arts/general studies; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Adler Planetarium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 7/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $24,144 includes full-time tuition ($14,880), mandatory fees ($390), and college room and board ($8874). College room only: $7155. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $575 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $85 per term.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 39 open to all. Most popular organizations: Columbia Urban Music Association, International Student Organization, Acianza Latina, Marketing Club. Major annual events: Student Organizations Day, Welcome Back Dance, CUMBA Annual Music Conference. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, escort upon request. 1,136 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Columbia College Library with 219,952 books, 1,150 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $9.8 million. 730 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The college is located in the dynamic South Loop neighborhood. It is within walking distance of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium, major theaters, and the Orchestra Hall. Across the street from the campus are beautiful Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

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