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 - Aug. 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 Aug. 22.

Remote Placement for New Students

March 10 - Aug. 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 who have not completed remote COMPASS by Aug. 15 may take on-campus placement.

Important remote placement dates

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

Read more about remote placement.