The Student Handbook

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Welcome from the Vice President of Student Affairs

If you are a fully engaged student at Columbia who is taking advantage of all of the events, experiences, resources, and passionate faculty and staff available to you, then you will have a productive and, even exhilarating, academic and personal journey at Columbia College Chicago.

Columbia is also a large and complex institution. Therefore, we have created this student handbook to help you navigate the Columbia experience. This guide is a compilation of people, places, and activities. Let me also remind you of the 9 Principles for Student Success, which act as your compass. If you live the principles outlined below, you will reach your goals.

  • Form Your Creative Posse
  • Live Intellectually
  • Tap the Creative Energy Around You
  • Support Your Systems
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Be Informed
  • Explore
  • Live What You Love
  • Create Your Body of Work

Embrace the Principles. Use all of the resources available to you. Become a fully engaged student.


Mark Kelly
Vice President of Student Affairs