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Private 4 Year

Columbia College Admission Requirements

Chicago, Illinois

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Chances of getting into Columbia College Chicago

Open Admission Policy

Can I get into Columbia College? Columbia College Chicago is an open admission policy institution. Open admission colleges typically have few admission thresholds and will admit all applicants so long as certain minimum requirements are met. New admission is often granted continually throughout the year. Please consult Columbia College Chicago directly to learn the specifics of its open admission policy.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is recommended but not required for admission to Columbia College Chicago. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application.

Columbia College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT 
-
SAT Scores for Columbia College Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Columbia College Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Columbia College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting ACT 
-
ACT Scores for Columbia College Chicago
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th N/A
ACT Scores for Columbia College Chicago
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Columbia College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.42
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Columbia College Chicago?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Columbia College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Columbia College Chicago was 3.42 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #25 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.42 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Columbia College accepts 90% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Columbia College Chicago students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 15.4% Good
3.75 to 3.99 15.2% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 18.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.5% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 15.6% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.3% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.1% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

71.5% of Columbia College Chicago freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Columbia College Chicago students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 10.9%
Top 25% of class 33.7%
Top 50% of class 72%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
217

Applicants have 217 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Columbia College Chicago is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Columbia College Chicago and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Columbia College Chicago Application Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Columbia College Chicago
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=144281 IPEDS survey data for Columbia College Chicago.

FAQs

What is my chance of getting into Columbia College Chicago?

Columbia College has an open admission policy. Open admission colleges generally only require a high school diploma or a GED certificate to be admitted.