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Study at 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.

Profile of Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College can be found in Chicago, IL (a large city). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The Master's degree is the highest degree at Columbia College.

Course Topics

The school has a tighter focus on specific Course Topics than most colleges its size. The most common majors at Columbia College are in design, media, art studies, drama and performing arts, photography and commercial art, and fine arts.

Columbia College Selectivity

The school is welcoming, and offers open admission to students who meet its minimum qualifications. People attending Columbia College come from a variety of states around the country.


A tenure system is one way the school works to keep a high-quality staff. Instructors at Columbia College are well-paid.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 12, 021 students were enrolled in the school.

Columbia College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Photography and Commercial Art519cinematography, photography, commercial art, multimedia
Media390journalism, radio and television, recording arts tech
Art Studies247arts management
Liberal Arts175creative writing, interdisciplinary studies, liberal arts and sciences, area and Cultural studies, sign language translation
Business and Management174marketing
Design150graphic design, fashion design, interior design, illustration, industrial design
Drama and Performing Arts99acting, dance, drama, theatre design, directing
Education and Teaching47teacher education, early childhood education, teacher education and development
Fine Arts45fine arts studies, fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering16web design
Therapy and Counselling15dance therapy
Architecture and Planning0architecture, interior architecture

Contact: Columbia College

Columbia College Chicago

600 South Michigan

Chicago, IL 60605-1996

General Phone: (312) 663-1600


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