New Transfer Students

As a new transfer student you have three options for placement:

Transfer Credit

You must have credit accepted by Columbia College Chicago in college-level English composition to be waived from the writing placement test AND college-level mathematics to be waived from the math placement test.  This can include AP credits.  If you have college credit accepted by Columbia in BOTH English composition and college-level mathematics, you do not need to take any placements.

If you have submitted your college transcripts from another institution or AP credit, you should have received your Transcript Evaluation Report. If you have not received this, and you want to find out which college credits have been accepted at Columbia, please email your transcript evaluator below:

  • Students with last names starting with A-D or O-Z, contact Cory Byrd,
  • Students with last names starting with E-N, contact Michael Kilinski,

Submit Your ACT/SAT Scores

Columbia College Chicago will also accept ACT or SAT scores. Instructions for submitting them are on our Placement FAQ page.

You must confirm receipt of your scores by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 312-369-7130.  Please allow 3-5 business days for them to receive and process your scores.

COMPASS Placement

You may take placements on campus if you do not have transferable credits and/or you are not submitting ACT or SAT scores. If you have submitted ACT or SAT scores but would still like to take a placement test to try to place in a higher level course, you are welcome to complete a COMPASS placement.

Please refer back to the main page for placement dates and times.