• When can I add or drop courses?
    Current semester add, drop, and withdrawal schedules are available on the Columbia Central website.
  • What are the building codes?
    Your course schedule will show a code for the building your class is in and also the room number. For a list of the codes visit the campus map.
  • How do I know what textbooks to buy?
    Your student schedule in MyColumbia will list the textbooks for each class before the start of the semester. You can also check the syllabus for your class to see which texts are required. The Columbia Bookstore is located on the 1st floor or 624 S. Michigan.
  • What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
    Get detailed information here.
  • Do I need an appointment?

    The College Advising Center is an appointment driven office. For an appointment login to MyColumbia and select the Make Appointments tab. Click the College Advising Center Appointments link and you will see your assigned college advisor's schedule.

    If you are switching majors or having trouble with the online appointment system, you can call 312 369 7645 or stop by our front desk in Suite 300, 623 S. Wabash. You don't even need to know who your academic advisor is; you just need to be a current student. 

    If you feel that your situation is urgent you can still stop in without an appointment and we will help you.

  • What are the ELAS codes?

    You can find more information on the Columbia Core and the Essential LAS here.

    The Columbia Experience
    Choose courses with the CCCX prefix

    ELAS Core Codes
    EN - Writing and Rhetoric
    HL - Humanities Literature
    HI - History
    SC - Science
    SL - Science with Lab
    MA - Math
    SS - Social Science
    HU - Humanities

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Requirement
    DEI - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Is there a placement test for foreign language classes?

    A placement test is not required to register for a language course. Students who have registration questions about a foreign language course should contact Oscar Valdez, Academic Scheduling Coordinator, at ovaldez@colum.edu or 312-369-7690.

  • What math class should I take?

    Mathematics placement is determined by a student's score on the ACT, SAT, or Compass placement test. Students may enroll in any course for which they are qualified, but should take care to ensure that they choose a class that aligns with their academic interests and mathematics experience.

    Click here to learn which Mathematics courses you place into.

  • How can I find out about transfer credits?
    Check out the Transfer Credit Evaluation page on the Columbia Central website.
  • What about my AP and/or IB credits?
    AP and IB exam scores are applied to your academic record as transfer credits. Click here to see accepted AP exam scores and here to see accepted IB exam scores.
  • How can I get information about Study Abroad?
    Visit the International Programs site for information about Study Abroad.
  • What does this error message on MyColumbia mean?

    The following are some commonly encountered error messages when registering online:

    Registration is not currently allowed by the calendar. - You need to set your options to the semester you want to register for in MyColumbia. The Set Options button is at the bottom of the registration page.

    You have not been assigned a date/time to register. - New students are assigned a registration time once they pay the tuition deposit. Continuing students with anticipated future enrollment are assigned a registration time on week six of the current semester, before registration opens for the next semester. If you have been away from Columbia for two semesters or more, please complete our returning student application to be assigned a registration time. If you need further assistance, please contact Columbia Central

    You have not met the requisites for the course. - Many courses have prerequisites that must be taken before you are allowed to take the course. To view the requirements for a course, click the "VIEW" button on the course schedule. If you believe you have met all the prerequisites and you are still getting this message, you need to contact the department that offers the course you want to register for.

    Your maximum registered hours have been exceeded. - If you want to register for more than 18 credit hours you need authorization from a College Advisor in the College Advising Center. Contact the College Advising Center for more information. Our main number is 312 369 7645.

    You have an Academic Hold. - You have a hold on your account because your are out of academic compliance. In order to clear this hold you need to meet with a College Advisor in the College Advising Center.

    Registration/Transcript Hold - SFS- You have a hold on your account because you still have an open balance with Columbia Central. Contact the Columbia Central office for information on clearing this hold.