Please note:

Next Thursday, Sept. 3, Student Placement will be limited to a morning session, starting at 9:30am only, due to the Learning Studio’s (LS) Special Event. The LS will close at 11am on Thurs., Sept. 3.

Also, the Learning Studio will host another special event as part of Columbia’s New Student Convocation, on Friday, Sept. 4. There will no placements given on Fri., Sept. 4.

After these special events, New Student Placement reopens Tues., Sept. 8, at 9:30am. The College is closed on Mon., Sept. 7, for the Labor Day Holiday.

The Learning Studio’s New Student Placement hosts sessions Monday through Friday, year-round, except holidays.


In order to ensure that students are placed into the appropriate level of mathematics and writing courses, Columbia uses SAT and ACT scores to determine which course is best for each student. Students who have submitted SAT or ACT scores and have confirmed receipt of their scores with Columbia’s Undergraduate Admissions,, do not need to do anything else. Even if you did not submit your SAT or ACT scores with your initial application, you should do one of the following:

  • New Freshmen (no college transfer credit) should submit SAT or ACT scores by Friday, July 3. 
  • New Transfer Students should submit their SAT or ACT scores by Friday, June 19.
  • Students who did not take the SAT or ACT should make arrangements with New Student Placement to take the COMPASS test instead. Call: (312)369-8130.

Fall 2015 On-Campus Placement

April 6, 2015, Monday - Friday, starting at 9:30 a.m. and starting at 1:00 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.  New Freshman should complete placement by Friday, July 3, 2015. New Transfer Students should complete placement by Friday, June 19. Columbia College Chicago will be closed on Mon., May 25, for Memorial Day Holiday.

Remote Placement for New Students

April 6 - August 14, 2015

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

Students who have not completed remote COMPASS by Aug. 14 may take on-campus placement.

Important remote placement dates

August 7, final day for new freshmen or transfer students to schedule a remote placement.

August 14, final day for new freshmen or transfer students to complete a remote placement.

Read more about remote placement.