Hello, Columbia Students! Welcome to New Student Placement in the Learning Studio.

Please note: Columbia College Chicago will be closed on Thurs., Nov. 24 and Fri., Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Learning Studio wishes all Columbia Students a Happy Holiday.

Columbia’s Learning Studio reopens on Monday, November 28.

  • Placement Sessions are Monday through Friday, year-round, except holidays, starting at 9:30am or starting at 1:00pm.
  • No appointment needed. But a Photo I.D. is required.
  • Location: the Learning Studio, 33 E. Congress, First Floor.


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 1.
  • ACT Scores: Http://
  • SAT Scores: College Board
  • New Transfer Students should submit their SAT or ACT scores by Friday, June 17.
  • 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 2016 On-Campus Placement

April 4, 2016, 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 Freshmen should complete placement by Friday, July 1, 2016. New Transfer Students should complete placement by Friday, June 17. Columbia College Chicago will be closed on Mon., May 30, for Memorial Day Holiday.

Remote Placement for New Students

March 7 - August 12, 2016

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 August 12 may take on-campus placement.

Important remote placement dates

August 5, final day for new freshmen or transfer students to schedule a remote placement.

August 12, final day for new freshmen or transfer students to complete a remote placement.

Read more about remote placement.