FAQ

How do I sign up for Orientation?

After you’ve paid your $250 tuition deposit and it has been processed, you will receive an email from Undergraduate Admissions directing you to choose your Orientation date through your Status Page: colum.edu/status

When and how do I sign up for classes?

For Spring 2019 students: After selecting your Orientation date, you will recieve an email directing you back to your status page to complete the New Student Registration Preparation. you’ll be taken through the process of creating your first-semester schedule, and familiarize yourself with placement activities, degree requirements, and contact information for advisors who can answer all of your questions.
This process will take around an hour, and registration may involve some back-and-forth with your advisor in order to align your class schedule with your college goals.

Where and when is Orientation? What happens during it?

All Orientation sessions begin at 1104 S. Wabash Ave and you may travel to other parts of the campus throughout the day. Check-in will begin at 8:00am and the program will start promptly at 9:00am. You’ll meet with advisors, student financial services representatives, new and current students, and others on campus. You will have a chance to finalize your schedule, and make sure you are totally set to start classes. Parents and other guests are welcome to attend as well, although it is perfectly fine for a student to attend on their own. Orientation is a full-day program, however, the end time will vary on what info sessions and tours you’d like to attend. Formal programming will end at around 3:30pm.

Can I change my Orientation day?
If you're unable to attend your scheduled Orientation date, please contact your Columbia Representative. Their contact information (phone and email) can be found at the top of your Status Page.
What if I can’t make any of the dates for my major?

Please contact your Columbia Representative to chat about alternative arrangements. Their contact information (phone and email) can be found at the top of your Status Page.

Who can/should I bring to my Orientation session?

We can accommodate up to two guests for your Orientation session, though it’s perfectly fine for a student to attend on their own. We recommend bringing parents, mentors, or other guardians/supporters. The guest info sessions are geared towards supporting students during their time at Columbia and are less focused on providing an overview of the campus. For prospective students who are interested in learning about how Columbia might be a good fit for them, we recommend attending an Open House, Preview Day, or scheduling a campus tour.

My younger sibling is thinking about attending Columbia. Should I bring them as my guest to Orientation?
We recommend bringing parents, mentors, or other guardians/supporters as your guests to Orientation. The guest sessions are really geared towards supporting students during their time at Columbia, and are less focused on providing an overview of the campus. For prospective students who are interested in learning about how Columbia might be a good fit for them, we recommend attending an open house or scheduling a campus tour.
What if I'm running late?
Not to worry. Just head to 1104 S Wabash and there will be an Orientation Leader there who can help you find your group.
Is Orientation multiple days?

For Spring 2019 students: Orientation is a one-day program and your date will depend on your major.

If you are an international student, you will also attend the International Student Welcome Program (ISWP), which will take place on Friday, January 18.

How long is Orientation?
Orientation is a full-day program, so please plan on staying till about 5pm.
I have questions about housing.

No problem! Any housing related questions should be directed to the Residence Life office at 312-369-7803 or residencelife@colum.edu. Housing information can also be found at www.colum.edu/residencelife.

I have questions about Financial Aid and paying for college.

For questions about finances, please contact the Student Financial Services office at 312-369-7140 or sfs@colum.edu. You can also visit the SFS website at www.colum.edu/sfs. When you select your Orientation date, you’ll also have the option to schedule an appointment with a financial aid advisor as part of your day.

I'm coming from out of town and I want to spend the night before in Chicago. Can you recommend a place to stay?

On our campus map page, you can select the "Where to Stay" tab for a list of hotels in the downtown area, many of which are within walking distance to campus. We recommend that you contact the hotels directly to see if a Columbia College rate is available during the time you plan to visit. 

Is there a campus bookstore?

Yes! The Columbia College Chicago bookstore carries a wide variety of art supplies, office and digital supplies, books and convenience items. In addition, the store has a large selection of Columbia clothing and gifts.