Columbia Weekend


 RSVP to Columbia Weekend HERE! 

Join us for virtual Columbia Weekend on October 15 and 16. This is a wonderful opportunity to see student work six weeks into the semester and engage with departments through virtual presentations and activities.

The virtual Columbia Weekend experience will feature an address from President and CEO, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, as well as other key leadership. There will be student-led performances and activities and sessions from each academic department. Guests will also be able to tune into interesting chat and panel discussions to gain a better understanding of the student experience and how Columbia courses help prepare students for their creative careers. There will also be a modest number of in-person events open to families who are local or visiting.

Be sure to RSVP to the link above. You will receive an email with directions on how to sign-up for your individual sessions.


If you need assistance at any point during Columbia Weekend, please join our Zoom Help Line. Columbia staff and students will be available for assistance!

Zoom Help Line

Friday: 9a – 8p CST
Saturday: 10a – 4p CST




Viewable Friday through Sunday 

President’s Address 

Families will hear from the president of the college, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, for an address on our current goals and plans for the year ahead. 

9 A.M. - 5 P.M. CST  

Student Services Consultations for Families 

Schedule one-on-one appointments with College Advising, the Dean of Students Office, Columbia Central, and the Career Center to discuss and inquire about their numerous resources. Programming is optional for guests.   

5:30 – 5:50 P.M. CST  

EngageColumbia Scholarship Announcement 

Join New Student Programs for a virtual announcement of the EngageColumbia scholarship recipients and learn more about Engage 101 and Engage 2.0 programs. 

6 – 8 P.M. CST  


Chicago Trivia with Student Organizations & Leadership   

Join the Student Organizations & Leadership for Chicago-themed trivia and the chance to win prizes from ShopColumbia, Columbia’s art boutique. 

7 – 8 P.M. CST 


Acoustic Kitchen   

Tune into a livestream featuring talented student musicians and singers from the Columbia College Chicago community. This event series is hosted by Dave Dolak from the Science and Mathematics Department. 



Viewable Friday through Sunday 


President’s Address 

Families will hear from the president of the college, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, for an address on our current goals and plans for the year ahead. 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. CST 


Internships 101 

Interested in getting an internship? Come learn about what to start doing now to be in the best position when you apply. We will explore how to get experience that you can feature on your resume, when to do an internship, what internship employers are looking for when recruiting and how to apply and get credit. 

12 – 1 p.m. CST 

The Academic Experience 

Hear from the Provost and Join faculty from your student’s department for insight into the curriculum, internship opportunities, and career paths within our programs. 

3 – 4 P.M. 

Chat Session: Tapping into Your Creative Community 

Learn about the various ways to engage with creative communities and student organizations through programming and events. Facilitated by the Student Organizations and Leadership Office, this panel of current students will provide a chance to discuss all that Columbia has to offer. 

Explore Your Campus. Engage with the City. 

Chicago is our campus. We encourage our students to engage with the creativity, diversity, contradictions, and complexities the city represents. Meet students who have learned to navigate around the city and collaborate within it. Moderated by Student Diversity and Inclusion. 

4 – 5 P.M. 

Chat Session: Wellness & Athletics  

Students need balance to be successful in both academics and life in general. Finding synergy between body and mind in the college experience can be challenging at first. We encourage all students to work towards staying focused by living healthy, active lifestyles. Join this panel discussion with students about campus athletics and wellness resources that help students find their balance between life in the classroom and beyond! 


Chat Session: Make Your Mark with DEPS 

An extension of the studios and classrooms, DEPS fosters vibrant environments for students to interact, exchange ideas and showcase their work within the larger urban community. Join DEPS staff as they chat with current Columbia students about their experiences and how they have utilized campus resources. Moderated by The Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces (DEPS).