***Internet COMPASS will be down for maintenance after 12 Noon on Friday, July 25. COMPASS will not be back up until Monday, July 28, at noon. Any students that want to take placement will need to be here at 9:30am only on Friday, July 25, or Monday, July 28, at 1:00pm. All other placement days and times are the regular schedule of both sessions (Mon.-Fri., starting at 9:30am OR starting at 1:00pm). ***

New Student Placement works with incoming Columbia students to administer the COMPASS Placements, in order to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate level mathematics, reading, and writing courses. Advisors use the results of the COMPASS placements to help each student register for the right courses.  For example, the writing placement test may reveal whether a student should enroll in a preparatory English course. 

Fall 2014 On-Campus Placement

March 10 - August 22, Monday - Friday, at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. No appointment necessary.

Domestic freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to take their on-campus placements by the end of May, if possible, to be ready for orientation and registration.  Students are welcome to take placement after this date, but should complete placement by August 22.

Remote Placement for New Students

March 10 - August 15

Remote placements are only open to new students. All remote COMPASS scheduling must be reserved through Columbia's Learing Studio, 312-369-8130.

Students that have not completed Remote Compass by August 15, 2014, may take On-Campus Placement.

Important remote placement dates

  • August 8, final day for new freshman or transfer students to schedule a remote placement.
  • August 15, final day for new freshman or transfer students to complete a remote placement.

Read more about Remote Placement.