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SHAPE WHAT’S NEXT You’ve got your future mapped out—now, it’s time to claim it, and take the next step that will connect you with your professional goals. Enter Columbia College Chicago, where you can follow your passions and find your ideal path. You’re looking to start a new journey. Maybe you’re about to receive your associate degree and want to add to your foundation. Maybe you’re looking for an environment in which you can truly thrive. Whatever the reason, our transfer specialists are here to guide you through the process and make it totally seamless. Are you ready for Columbia?







Find your transfer specialist using the map at colum.edu/admissions


~7,000 ~90%

undergraduate and graduate students

28% of Columbia alumni report being employed within a year of graduation

of students transferred to Columbia


of transfer students commute to campus

41% of transfer students self-identify as students of color


of transfers are first generation


of fall 2019 transfers self-identified as members of the LGBTQIA+ community

Figures reflect data available at the time of publication. For the most updated data, visit colum.edu/ie.

Picasso Sculpture Willis Tower

The Chicago River

Theater District

The “L”

Art Institute of Chicago

Wabash Arts Corridor Lyric Opera of Chicago Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Columbia College Chicago Buckingham Fountain

Museum Campus The Field Museum

EXPLORE CHICAGO FROM THE VERY HEART OF IT. Even under quarantine, Chicago has tons to offer. You’ll find Columbia’s campus right in the middle of it all, and our students take advantage of it—while properly social distancing, of course.

The Second City The Magnificent Mile Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

Deep-Dish Pizza

Chicago Cultural Center

Navy Pier

Millennium Park Lake Michigan

Adler Planetarium Shedd Aquarium

‘ FIRST-RATE MUSEUMS (The Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum)

‘ WORLD-CLASS THEATERS (The Chicago Theatre, the Steppenwolf Theatre)

‘ LONGSTANDING MUSIC VENUES (Chicago Symphony Center, Buddy Guy’s Legends)

‘ FUN-FILLED PARKS (Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park)



COLUMBIA’S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION. At Columbia, we strive to honor and value all ways of being. We believe in the importance of creativity, and we know that the creative process benefits from incorporating a multiplicity of voices, backgrounds, and experiences. No creative process is complete unless those voices are heard and respected. The urgency of the moment we find ourselves in, as an institution and as a nation, underlines just how crucial our students’ work will be in pushing the world to be a more equitable place. The faculty and staff of Columbia College Chicago take very seriously our responsibility to prepare our students for the world beyond our campus and to make them ready to affect change.


ADMISSIONS OFFICE STATEMENT ON ANTI-RACISM Columbia College Chicago is committed to being an actively anti-racist institution. The work we’ve done in this regard has led us to reflect on and examine how we offer support to all persons of color in our community. This is challenging work and we are not even close to being finished with it–but it is inherently tied to our mission, and to be frank, our faculty, staff, and students (especially those who claim Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, or other historically disenfranchised identities) deserve to teach, work, and study at an institution that is seeking to correct entrenched and systemic racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination. That’s why we want our prospective students to know that we expect you to become part of that work. It will be your voice, the student voice, that

will help hold this institution—and the world—accountable for taking the steps necessary to become the place we aspire to be. When you join our community, we will ask you to join us in reflecting on how dynamics of oppression and privilege have played out historically, how they’re at work in your own life, and how systems in place serve to perpetuate them even today. We’ll ask you to do this not as a one-off for a specific class or project, but in the hope that it begins to permeate your developing creative practice so that you can become a driver of the change our world so desperately needs. More than any specific bit of knowledge, skill, or discipline, this is at the core of what we want our students to learn.

MEDIA AND DIGITAL ARTS The media industry continues to expand, opening up new pathways for innovative careers—and you’ll get a jump-start in the country’s third-largest media market. Looking to be a user experience or game designer? A screenwriter? A producer? We’ve got you covered. During your first year, you’ll hone your skills with realworld immersion in your field.


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Vashon Jordan Jr. Chicagoland Transfer Award Scholarship Recipient Transferred from: Kennedy-King College Major: Television Class of 2021 Vashon’s best piece of advice for students thinking about transferring to Columbia? “Take advantage of your course offerings to gain a wide range of experience before settling in to your major and new school.”

DEGREES Film and Television (BFA)

Interaction Design (BA)

Cinema Visual Effects

Graphic Design


Smart Interfaces


User Experience

Editing and Post-Production

Web and Mobile Development


Interdisciplinary Documentary (BA)

Production Design

Programming (BA | BS)


Application Programming

Sound for Cinema

Game Programming

Film and Television (BA)

Television Writing and Business (BFA)

Game Design (BA) Game Development Sound Design


Film School in the Midwest for eight consecutive years, according to Hollywood Reporter rankings.

VISUAL ARTS Chicago will be more than your home­—it’ll be your inspiration and your canvas while you’re a Columbia student. From the Art Institute of Chicago housed in nearby Grant Park to fashion houses and boutiques dotting the city to vibrant murals everywhere, you’ll find your place in all of it as you build your portfolio and draw from your surroundings.


Janet Santoyo Transfer Student Transferred from: Moraine Valley Community College Major: Game Art Class of 2021 According to Janet, “The professors at Columbia are outstanding, and they truly care about their students.” Favorite class at Columbia: 2D Art for Games Favorite place on campus: The IAM building’s open lab


Favorite on-campus organization: Hackerjacks (a student-run computer programming club)

DEGREES Animation (BA)

Illustration (BA | BFA)

Computer Animation

Interior Architecture (BFA)

Traditional Animation

Photography (BA)

Art History (BA)


Computer Animation (BFA)

Fashion Photography

Fashion Design (BFA)

Fine Art

Fashion Studies (BA)

Photography: General

Fashion Merchandising

Traditional Animation (BFA)

Fashion Product Development Fine Arts (BA | BFA) Game Art (BA) Graphic Design (BA) Graphic Design: General Publication Design Web Design Graphic Design (BFA)

#6 College for Video Game Design 2018 –College Magazine


Animation Schools and Colleges in the U.S. 2017 –Animation Career Review


PERFORMING ARTS They say life’s a stage—and we’ve got plenty of them here. Like our own Getz Theatre Center, or the Theatre District north of campus with Broadway shows, or the independent storefront theaters that fill our city. Whether you’re looking to be a stand-up comedian, a dancer on Broadway, or an actor, director, playwright, and anything in between, we’ll help you get there.


Marian Del Valle Torres Transfer Student Transferred from: Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Major: Musical Theatre Class of 2021 For Marian, branching out to collaborate with other students across departments has made her Columbia experience all the better. “Here, I have the opportunity to pursue a major I’m passionate about and at the same time have a more practical, traditional minor.”

DEGREES Acting (BA | BFA) Comedy Writing and Performance (BA) Dance (BA | BFA) Musical Theatre (BA) Musical Theatre Performance (BFA) Theatre (BA) Playwriting Stage Management


Theatre Directing Theatre Design and Technology (BA)


College for Playwriting 2017 –College Magazine College for Aspiring Comedians 2019 –College Magazine

MUSIC AND SOUND At Columbia, we know what it takes to become a musician. The hours upon hours of practice, the collaboration with other artists, and the performances all around town (or online and safely distanced). We also know musicians wouldn’t be able to perfect their craft without those who’ve mastered the science of sound. If you’re looking to perform, compose, produce, or record, we’ll connect you to your ideal career path and a network of people to foster your talent.


Yasmine Mifdal ’18

Jonathan McReynolds ’11

Live sound engineer for NASCAR and House of Blues Chicago

Grammy-nominated gospel musician

Carter Howard ’17

Paul Broucek ’74

Acoustic and vibration consultant—The Papadimos Group, San Francisco

President—Music, Warner Bros. Pictures


DEGREES Acoustics (BS) Audio Arts (BA)

Music Technology (BS) Electroacoustic Composition

Audio and Sound Design

Hardware and Physical Design

Audio Arts: General

Interactive Music Design

Audio Visual Systems Integration

Music Technology: General

Live Sound Reinforcement

Perception and Timbre

Music Recording

Programming Audio

Composition and Production (BMus) Contemporary, Urban, and Popular Music (BMus) Live and Installed Sound (BA) Music (BA)

Renowned Artists-inResidence Program

#3 Music School for Composing for Film and TV 2019 –The Hollywood Reporter

COMMUNICATION AND WRITING Knowing how to use our words to tell stories, shape experiences, and build brands is essential in today’s world. You’ll learn this at Columbia, whether it’s through honing your journalistic talents at The Chronicle, our awardwinning student newspaper; interning at public relations agencies throughout the city; or broadcasting your talents at WCRX 88.7 FM, our student-run radio station.



Darryl Holliday Innovator. Story-shaper. Educator.

The world of journalism is ever-changing—and Columbia grads are up to the task to adapt. Darryl Holliday ’12 is breaking the mold of traditional journalism with his work at City Bureau, a nonprofit media organization he co-founded here in Chicago that received a $1 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. From creating a Twitter bot to increase community engagement with hyperlocal politics to educating citizens through the program Documenters, Holliday is changing the game and reshaping our perception of what it means to be a journalist.

DEGREES American Sign LanguageEnglish Interpretation (BA)

Photojournalism (BA)

Communication (BA)


Creative Writing (BA)




Radio (BA)

Nonfiction Poetry Deaf Studies (BA) English (BA) Journalism (BA) Broadcast Journalism: Radio Broadcast Journalism: Television Magazine News and Features

One of only 13 accredited four-year colleges to offer a degree in ASL.


BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT No matter your career, an entrepreneurial mindset will give you an edge. And in a hub for a variety of industries, you’ll flex your business know-how with expertise infused in every major. Write out-of-the-box ad copy. Build a marketing plan from scratch. Learn the ins and outs of artist management. Perfect your social media strategy. And during your time at Columbia, you can gain real-world experience via internships at top companies headquartered throughout Chicago.


Roma Shah ’08

Luis de la Parra ’95

Senior sales manager— Saint Laurent

Senior vice president—Univision

Ben Mills ’10 Head of product—Venmo Freelance production manager— Live Nation


Jennifer Farrington ’93 President—Chicago Children’s Museum

DEGREES Advertising (BA)

Music Business (BA)

Art Direction

Artist Management


Live and Touring


Recorded Music and Publishing

Arts Management (BA)

Public Relations (BA)

Creative Industries

Social Media and Digital Strategy (BA)

Film Business Performing Arts Visual Arts Design Management (BA) Marketing (BA) Digital Media Entertainment Industry

Home to awardwinning, student-run record label AEMMP, founded in 1992.

Sports Management


FOLLOW YOUR TRANSFER PATH. Transferring to a new school should be as seamless as possible, with specialists who can help you check everything off your list as you move through the process. So, let’s make it simple—at Columbia, we support you every step of the way. And while most of our transfer students start planning two years in advance, you can start the process at any time.



Request more info, and stay up to date on all important Columbia events and happenings. colum.edu/moreinfo

2 Connect with your transfer specialist. They’ll be your point of contact throughout the process, making sure you know the ideal classes to take for a seamless transfer. Find your transfer specialist using the map at colum.edu/admissions 3

Get an unofficial credit evaluation. See where you stand and how both your current and past credits would transfer to Columbia. Start by creating a free account on transferology.com.


View transfer guides. Explore guides for selected programs. Don’t see your major listed? Your transfer specialist can work with you to create an individualized plan. colum.edu/transfer

5 Learn more at a transfer event. We have both virtual and in-person events where transfer students can get all of their questions answered. colum.edu/visit

SEMESTER IN LA Your transfer journey has the opportunity to extend beyond Chicago.

Interested in a day like this?

Open to Columbia juniors and seniors, Columbia’s 15-week Semester in LA program is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the entertainment, media, and communication fields. You’ll take classes on the historic Raleigh Studios lot—right across the street from Paramount Pictures—with industry professionals. Plus, you’ll spend 20 hours per week interning in your field, whether it’s at a studio, gaming company, production company, or casting agency.

Tuesday: HBO internship


Monday: Sitcom Writing class taught by a showrunner

Wednesday: The Art of Pitching class taught by a studio executive Thursday: HBO internship, followed by an exclusive movie preview Friday: Paramount Pictures tour in the morning, plus a networking event with Columbia alums Saturday: Hit the beach, or go hiking Sunday: Get ready to do it all over again


You’re looking to make the most of your college experience, and Columbia offers a variety of ways to qualify for scholarships and finance your education. 2020-21 COSTS Estimated Annual Tuition and Fees: $28,756

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS Average Transfer Financial Aid Package*: (96.5% receive financial aid) $24,765

Estimated Annual Room and Board: $16,456

Average Transfer Institutional Scholarship*: (90.0% receive institutional aid) $8,459

Total Aid awarded to Transfer students: $4.7 million dollars ESTIMATED SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNTS FOR 2020-21

For transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher: Average annual merit: $5,900

Average annual merit and need $8,300

*Aid and scholarship figures are for the 2019-20 academic year and for full-time domestic students who were eligible for aid. Complete packages include institutional scholarships, grants, remission/exchange and resident assistant aid, Federal Work-Study, Stafford Loans, and other Illinois, state, and federal sources. Emergency funds disbursed under the CARES Act are not included in these numbers.

FORMING YOUR FINANCIAL PLAN To see all of our scholarship offerings, check out colum.edu/scholarships. Next, get started on creating your financial plan at colum.edu/netprice. NEED-BASED AID Columbia Scholar Award: Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), using Columbia’s school code 001665, will be considered for all need-based aid. Illinois residents who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA can complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. See colum.edu/illaltapp for details. For students outside of Illinois who cannot complete the FAFSA, talk with your transfer specialist about your situation. They are here to help! MERIT-BASED AID Dean’s Scholarship: All applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship upon admission. See colum.edu/deans for more information. Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: All members of the PTK Honor Society are eligible, provided they meet additional requirements at colum.edu/ptk TALENT-BASED AID Portfolio/audition submission requirements and deadlines can vary based on intended major. Find the requirements for your major at colum.edu/FRA or colum.edu/BFA.


OUR FACILITIES, AT A GLANCE. At Columbia, you’ll create your work in industry-standard facilities. That way, when you get out into your profession, you’ll be ahead of the game and prepared to work. And what’s more, you’ll collaborate with your fellow classmates and make connections long before graduation day. colum.edu/facilities









STUDENT CENTER Your spot for creativity and collaboration—designed just for you, from the dining hall to the lounge spaces to the practice rooms and presentation areas

2 MEDIA PRODUCTION CENTER 35,500-square-foot space with two film production sound stages, a motion-capture studio, pre- and post-production resources, and classrooms 3

GETZ THEATER CENTER Newly remodeled space featuring the state-of-the-art Courtyard Theater and three black box theater spaces


FABRICATION FACILITY 15,000 square feet of space where students create jewelry, 3D models, furniture, and more


5 MUSIC CENTER More than 50 spaces for rehearsing, composing, recording, and performing 6

NEWSROOM Multimedia spaces for student journalists to build skills in editing audio and video, reporting, and more


DANCE SPACES Eight studios, a sound lab, and the 268-seat Dance Center Stage performance space


WCRX Modern studio for Columbia’s student-run-and-operated FM radio station

Facilities availability for the 2020-21 academic year will be subject to campus-wide distancing protocols.

CREATE YOUR COMMUNITY AND FEEL SUPPORTED FROM DAY ONE. Here, you’ll grow your skillset, collaborate across departments, and be ready to land a job after Commencement. And what’s more, you’ll have access to Columbia’s range of support services to see you through from your arrival on campus to after graduation day. Beyond your talent and perseverance, you’ll have Columbia’s resources and mentors to thank. Whether you live in the heart of our city or commute in from yours nearby, Columbia makes it easy to meet the people who will quickly become your friends, project collaborators, future business partners, you name it. From our student hub to student organizations, the connections are everywhere.

STUDENT LIFE From day one on campus, you’ll begin to find the people you’ll explore the city with, study with, and learn from. Columbia makes it easy for you to form those connections, with residence centers in the heart of campus, an orientation program, and 55+ student organizations. AWARD-WINNING FACULTY Columbia’s faculty is the definition of practicing what you preach; beyond sharing insights with you in class, they’re living their syllabi. They win Grammys and Emmys. They’re MacArthur Fellows. They’ve built their own companies from the ground up. And you’ll learn directly from them, taking their industry experience with you post-graduation. CAREER CENTER You’ll come to know our Career Center as your one-stop shop for professional development. Looking for on-campus employment or jobs in the industry? Need business cards? Want to do a practice interview? The Career Center can help with all of that, with services available your first year as a student.

Find out more at students.colum.edu

COUNSELING SERVICES From adjusting to college to going through a variety of life situations, our counseling center is here to help. Students can make an appointment free of charge for individual, couples’, and group therapy. DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION Get involved with the college’s initiatives by joining the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board (DEI-SAB). Or, gain direct support via the Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) office, with mentorship programs, cultural celebrations, and workshops. SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office supports programs, activities, and class accommodations for students with disabilities. TRIO CONAWAY ACHIEVEMENT PROJECT Designed for several of our student populations, including first generation college students, the TRIO Conaway Achievement Project (TCAP) fosters pathways toward students’ personal and academic goals by way of mentorship, advising, and the development of career and leadership skills.


Communication (BA) Composition and Production (BMus)

Acoustics (BS)

Computer Animation (BFA)

Acting (BA | BFA)

Contemporary, Urban, and Popular Music (BMus)

Advertising (BA) Art Direction Copywriting Strategy American Sign Language-English Interpretation (BA) Animation (BA) Computer Animation Traditional Animation Art History (BA) Arts Management (BA) Creative Industries Film Business Performing Arts Visual Arts Audio Arts (BA) Audio and Sound Design Audio Arts: General Audio Visual Systems Integration Live Sound Reinforcement Music Recording Comedy Writing and Performance (BA)

Creative Writing (BA) Fiction Nonfiction Poetry Dance (BA | BFA) Deaf Studies (BA) Design Management (BA) English (BA) Fashion Design (BFA) Fashion Studies (BA) Fashion Merchandising Fashion Product Development Film and Television (BFA) Cinema Visual Effects · Cinematography · Directing · Editing and Post-Production · Producing · Production Design · Screenwriting · Sound for Cinema Film and Television (BA) Fine Arts (BA | BFA) Game Art (BA)

Application materials, requirements, and deadlines can vary based on your intended program—specifically, BFA and BMus applicants should be prepared to submit additional materials and meet earlier deadlines than BA or BS applicants.

Game Design (BA) Game Development Sound Design Graphic Design (BA) Graphic Design: General Publication Design Web Design Graphic Design (BFA) Illustration (BA | BFA)

Interaction Design (BA) Graphic Design Smart Interfaces User Experience Web and Mobile Development Interdisciplinary Documentary (BA) Interior Architecture (BFA) Journalism (BA) Broadcast Journalism: Radio Broadcast Journalism: Television Magazine News and Features Marketing (BA) Digital Media Entertainment Industry Sports Management Music (BA) Music Business (BA) Artist Management Live and Touring Recorded Music and Publishing Music Technology (BS) Electroacoustic Composition Hardware and Physical Design Interactive Music Design Music Technology: General Perception and Timbre Programming Audio Musical Theatre (BA) Musical Theatre Performance (BFA) Photography (BA) Commercial Fashion Photography Fine Art Photography: General

Photojournalism (BA) Programming (BA | BS) Application Programming Game Programming Public Relations (BA) Radio (BA) Narrative Production Voiceover Social Media and Digital Strategy (BA) Television (BA) Internet and Mobile Media Post-Production and Effects Production and Directing Writing and Producing Television Writing and Business (BFA) Theatre (BA) Playwriting Stage Management Theatre Directing Theatre Design and Technology (BA) Traditional Animation (BFA) Browse majors by program, subject, or career at colum.edu/majors.

Columbia offers a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program that allows students who meet certain requirements to earn graduate credits toward specific master’s degrees. See colum.edu/combined_degree for details.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP. At Columbia, we look at your application holistically; it’s about much more than the grades you’ve earned. We see you for who you are, with all of your unique accomplishments, hobbies, and goals. You can apply up to one year before you want to enroll. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and you can connect with your transfer specialist at any time with questions. colum.edu/apply



Apply. Your information and one short essay are all that’s needed. colum.edu/apply Application Fee $25, but it’s waived for students who attend a Columbia event. College Transcripts Request official college and university transcripts to be sent to admissions@colum.edu High School Transcripts Only required if you were homeschooled, received your GED, attended a non-US high school, and/or earned fewer than 24 college-level credit hours. Official Scores Send us all Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or CLEP exams you’ve completed. We don’t require ACT or SAT scores for admission, but you can send those too. Portfolio/audition. Requirements and deadlines can vary based on your intended major. Find the requirements for your major at colum.edu/FRA or colum.edu/BFA.

Once you’ve submitted your application, we’ll keep you up to date via your applicant portal at colum.edu/connect.

VISIT US Whether virtual or on-campus, our events offer you the opportunity to get to know Columbia. Sign up for the event that’s the best fit for you. See you soon! colum.edu/visit colum.edu/virtual

APPLY Ready to apply? Get started, or learn more about what’s required. colum.edu/apply

Questions? We’re here to help. transfer@colum.edu 312-369-7130 @ColumAdmit


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