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Columbia College Chicago
History & Mission
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History & Mission

Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1890 as the Columbia School of Oratory. At the time, the school occupied just part of a single building and students studied Elocution, Voice Culture, Visible Speech, Literature, and English.  Since then the College has not only grown to 12,000 students and more than 120 programs, we have earned a reputation for being a world leader in arts and communication education.  More about our history…

The mission of the college is to educate students who will communicate creatively and shape the public’s perceptions of issues and events.  More about the mission…