Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago , United States
  • 92
    Acceptance Rate
  • 60
    Available Programs
  • 6195
  • 26474
    Average Cost
  • 90
    Employment Rate
  • Permit


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. Anticipating a strong need for public speaking at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, Blood and Riley were inspired to open their school in the exposition city, Chicago, and adopt the exposition's name. Blood and Riley became the College's first co-presidents, until Riley died in 1901; Blood served in this capacity until her death in 1927. The women established a co-educational school that "should stand for high ideals, for the teaching of expression by methods truly educational, for the gospel of good cheer, and for the building of sterling good character" in the Stevens' Art Gallery Building, 24 East Adams Street.

Entry requirements

Students must submit all official education reports of high school, high school or College/University work. Official non-English education reports should include an English translation where possible. In some cases, this may require applicants to submit a "graduation certificate" or "certificate of completion" along with their translated, certified educational record. Official non-English education reports should include an English translation where possible.

Proof of English proficiency is required for College admission if English is not the primary language of your country.

While test scores are not required for admission, you can submit ACT, ST, AP, or IB scores to once again demonstrate your willingness to work at the College level.

  • Duolingo English Test – Minimum score of 105

Scholarship & funding

You are automatically considered for a Columbia College Chicago scholarship when you are enrolled in College. The College offers renewable scholarships that take into account academic achievement, artistic talent and financial needs. You can find more information here.


Student life

You will find Student Life at Columbia College Chicago to be exciting and engaging. Student Life extends learning beyond the classroom through theory and practice laboratory experiences. The university has designed programs to enhance the whole student and strengthen academic success.