New Student Programs

Welcome to Columbia College Chicago!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Columbia; we’re thrilled for you to join the nearly 7,000 creative, collaborative students that make us who we are.

In the meantime, ensure you’ve taken all the necessary steps by checking off the items below. And if you have any questions, we’re here to help.

You can download the 2019 Guest Orientation Guide here.

You can download the 2019 Student Orientation Guide here.

See you on campus! 

  • CONFIRM your attendance

    To begin at Columbia you first must tell us your decision to Confirm and pay your deposit.

    Confirm Now

  • SIGN UP for Orientation

    All new students participate in New Student Orientation. It's where you will find out more about your major, meet other new students and get ready for your first semester. You need to RSVP to reserve the right date for your major. 

    To RSVP for Orientation, if you have paid your Admission Deposit, return to your Status Page here, log in and scroll to the "Sign Up for Orientation" section. If you do not see that option, please call Admissions at 312-369-7130.

  • CHECK Office 365

    We’re giving you an official Columbia College Office 365 address. What’s so official about it, you ask? Well, it’s the only email address the College will use to send you information about things like registration, your academic progress, financial aid awards, events on campus and basically just about anything else that relates to Columbia. And, because all of those things are important, you’re going to need to set it up now and check it often.

  • COMPLETE New Student Registration

    You’ll begin the registration process before you get here in an online program loaded with everything you need to know about placement tests, transfer credit and first semester classes. Completing this program will clear you to begin registering from home with help from faculty and staff on campus. This program will be made available to you in early May, registration begins mid-May. Be on the lookout for more information this spring as the time approaches. 

  • Spring 2019 Orientation Schedule

    Spring 2019 Schedule Overview:

    8:00am - 9:00am: Students and Guests check-in at 1104 S. Wabash

    9:00am: Welcome Address

    9:30am -12:00pm: Guests and students will attend separate programming for the Academic Experience as well as informational panels.

    12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch

    1:30pm - 2:15pm: "Let's Talk Money" and Career Development

    2:30pm - 3:30pm: Optional Academic Advising and Student Financial Aid Appointments


    You will recieve a full schedule at Orientation when you check in.




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