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Columbia College Chicago
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Columbia College Chicago is an undergraduate and graduate institution whose principal commitment is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, communications, and public information within a context of enlightened liberal education.  Columbia’s intent is to educate students who will communicate creatively and shape the public’s perceptions of issues and events and who will author the culture of their times.  Columbia is an urban institution whose students reflect the economic, racial, cultural, and educational diversity of contemporary America.  Columbia conducts education in close relationship to a vital urban reality and serves an important civic purpose by active engagement in the life and culture of the city of Chicago.

Columbia's purpose is:

  • to educate students for creative occupations in diverse fields of the arts and media and to encourage awareness of their aesthetic relationship and the opportunity of professional choice among them;
  • to extend educational opportunity by admitting unreservedly (at the undergraduate level) a student population with creative ability in, or inclination to, the subjects of Columbia's interest;
  • to provide a college climate that offers students an opportunity to try themselves out, to explore, and to discover what they can and want to do;
  • to give educational emphasis to the work of a subject by providing a practical setting, professional facilities, and the example and guidance of an inventive faculty who work professionally at the subjects they teach;
  • to teach students to do expertly the work they like, to master the crafts of their intended occupations, and to discover alternative opportunities to employ their talents in settings other than customary marketplaces;
  • to help students to find out who they are and to discover their own voices, respect their own individuality, and improve their self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • to offer specialized graduate programs which combine a strong conceptual emphasis with practical professional education, preparing students with mature interests to be both competent artists and successful professionals.

Columbia College Chicago is accredited at the graduate and undergraduate levels by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Columbia is accredited as a teacher training institution by the Illinois State Board of Education.
For more information about Columbia’s accreditation, please contact:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Columbia College Chicago is an independent and unaffiliated institution of higher education.

Financial Information

The college will make available, upon written request, a copy of the most recent audited financial report. Requests should be submitted to:

Office of the Vice President of Finance
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1996

Equal Opportunity

Columbia College complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. Admission and practices of the College are free of any discrimination based on age, race, color, creed, sex, religion, handicap, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin.

The policies, programs, activities, course offerings, descriptions, faculty, and calendars listed in this catalog are subject to change, revision, modification, and/or deletion at any time without notice.