Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago

Founded in 1890, Columbia College Chicago is the largest arts and communications college in the U.S. It is located in the South Loop of Chicago. The College enrolls more than 10,000 students each term and offers more than 120 academic programs in different fields of study. It is home to three schools that house several academic departments.

The College runs an award winning weekly newspaper, Columbia Chronicle and a television station known as Frequency TV. It also owns a radio station called WCRX (88.1 FM). The sports teams of Columbia College Chicago are known as The Renegades.

Some of the famous graduates of the College are Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist; David Cromer, award-winning director of Adding Machine (musical), and Jake Lloyd, American actor, to name a few.

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Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan
Chicago , IL 60605-1996
General Phone: (312) 663-1600

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Columbia College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Photography and Commercial Art560commercial art, cinematography, photography, multimedia
Media381journalism, radio and television, recording arts tech
Art Studies260arts management
Liberal Arts223area and Cultural studies, sign language translation, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies
Business and Management176marketing
Design174industrial design, fashion design, interior design, graphic design, illustration
Drama and Performing Arts142dance, drama, theatre design, acting, directing
Fine Arts65fine arts, fine arts studies
Education and Teaching36early childhood education, teacher education, teacher education and development
Therapy and Counseling17dance therapy
Computer Science and Engineering14web design
Architecture and Planning0architecture, interior architecture

Number of programs and degrees for Columbia College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree20013
Bachelor's degree1,85929
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years1911
Postbaccalaureate certificate31

Columbia College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbia College had a total enrollment of 12,021 students (10,954 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 63%
Black 14%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 30%
20-21 31%
22-24 22%
25-29 11%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Columbia College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 39 %

Columbia College Room and Board (2007)

Columbia College offers campus housing for 2,667 of its 10,954 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Chicago, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Columbia College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,415
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,415
Room and board $ 12,000
Books and supplies $ 1,400
Other expenses $ 5,400

Financial Aid:
Columbia College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 166500)

Columbia College Faculty

Columbia College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4347
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4026

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year146$76,031130$71,330
Lectureracademic year40$52,62026$52,896
All faculty totalacademic year186$70,996156$68,258

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Columbia College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Interior Architecture

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Creative Writing
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation

Radio and Television
Recording Arts Technology/Technician

Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art

Therapy And Counseling
Dance Therapy/Therapist

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