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Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for 8,000 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1890 as the Columbia School of Oratory by Mary A. Blood and Ida Morey Riley, both graduates of the Monroe Conservatory of Oratory (now Emerson College), in Boston, Massachusetts. 


We believe a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences is essential to any creative career. That’s why every undergraduate must complete the requirements of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core.


The Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) is an independent research unit of Columbia College Chicago devoted to documentation, research, preservation, and dissemination of information about the history of black music on a global scale.

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Student services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) mission is to provide a nurturing and supportive living and learning environment for Columbia College Chicago's international student community through advocacy, services, programming and advising.

Housing services

There are several hotels in the downtown area. We recommend you make your reservations as soon as possible. There will be heavy demand for hotel rooms during the time of our Commencement ceremony due to the Restaurant Association Show. 

Library services

The Columbia College Chicago Library fuels discovery, sparks creativity, and ignites your future!. Take advantage of your Library to read, relax, study, collaborate with other students, and get help with your research needs.

ICT services

Check with the department to locate all on-campus computer labs available to students and visit for current hours of operation.

Medical services

All full-time and part-time students with six or more credits are eligible to participate in a student accident and sickness insurance plan for a fee.

You can pick up insurance brochures and information from the Dean of Student's Office, 623 S Wabash Ave, Suite 301.

Student Life

Student clubs

Founded in 1948, Audio Engineering Society (AES) is an international organization dedicated to audio technology. Columbia's chapter is made of songwriters, TV post-production engineers, DJs, and composers.


  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST)
  • National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)
  • Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER)

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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