The Student Handbook

Welcome from the Vice President of Student Affairs

We are thrilled you have selected Columbia College Chicago as your educational home. As a member of the Columbia community, you will be fully immersed in the vibrancy of our campus and the thriving cultural life of the City of Chicago as you develop and hone your creative practice. And, whether you are a new student, or a seasoned navigator, this Student Handbook is a compilation of people, places, and activities that should prove to be a valuable resource about our campus, and provide opportunities for exploration and engagement.

Columbia is a large and complex institution, so become familiar with the services and resources outlined in the Student Handbook that are available to ensure your success. You will also find information on policies and procedures pertaining to rights and responsibilities that go along with student citizenship. Let me also remind you of some key Principles for Student Success, which act as your compass throughout your educational journey.

  • Tap the Creative Energy Around You
  • Develop Your Body and Your Mind
  • Embrace Your Campus and Your City
  • Make Your Mark

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. 

Once again, welcome to Columbia and to our community of shared principles and values. 

See you around campus,

Mark Kelly
Vice President of Student Affairs