Columbia College Chicago

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$24,590

4.02% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$29,530

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

8.95%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

88.1%

8,324 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

8,120

90.7% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

44.5%

984 Graduates

About

Columbia College Chicago is a higher education institution located in Cook County, IL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Columbia College Chicago were Cinematography & Film Production (278 degrees awarded), Graphic Design (122 degrees), and Recording Arts Technology (120 degrees).

In 2016, 2,033 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbia College Chicago. 58.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,229 degrees), 4.41 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (279 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia College Chicago is $24,590, which is $4,430 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia College Chicago is $24,590, which is $4,430 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $29,530.

In 2016, 69% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 67% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$24,590

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Columbia College Chicago was $24,590. The cost of tuition at Columbia College Chicago is $4,430 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$29,530

2016 Value

1.2%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Columbia College Chicago had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $29,530. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Columbia College Chicago grew by 1.2%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,050

Room and Board

$1,600

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbia College Chicago was of $13,050 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of room and board increased by 4.82% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 6.32% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

69%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

67%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

69% of undergraduate students at Columbia College Chicago received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 7.81% with respect to 2015, when 64% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

8.95%

2015 Default Rate

287

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Columbia College Chicago was 8.95%, which represents 287 out of the 3208 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Columbia College Chicago received 8,324 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 0.798% annual decline. Out of those 8,324 applicants, 7,330 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 88.1% acceptance rate.

There were 8,120 students enrolled at Columbia College Chicago in 2016, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbia College Chicago has an overall enrollment yield of 21.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

88.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

7,330

Accepted Out of 8,324

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbia College Chicago was 88.1% (7,330 admissions from 8,324 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 88.1%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -0.798%, while admissions declined by -0.798%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

N/A

Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Columbia College Chicago in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbia College Chicago has a total enrollment of 8,120 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia College Chicago is 7,365 students and the part-time enrollment is 755. This means that 90.7% of students enrolled at Columbia College Chicago are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbia College Chicago, both undergraduate and graduate, is 54.5% White, 14.1% Black or African American, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 4.5% Two or More Races, 3.41% Asian, 0.259% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0493% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Columbia College Chicago in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (31.9%), followed by White Male (23.2%) and Black or African American Female (8.05%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (31.8%), followed by White Male (16.6%) and Black or African American Female (9.87%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbia College Chicago, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,120 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia College Chicago is 7,365 and the part-time enrollment is 755. This means that 90.7% of students enrolled at Columbia College Chicago are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Columbia College Chicago was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Columbia College Chicago had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,428

  2. Black or African American

    1,148

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,056

The enrolled student population at Columbia College Chicago is 54.5% White, 14.1% Black or African American, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 4.5% Two or More Races, 3.41% Asian, 0.259% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0493% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 477 students (5.87%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 355 more women than men received degrees from Columbia College Chicago. The majority of degree recipients at Columbia College Chicago are white (1,229 degrees awarded). There were 4.41 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (279 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbia College Chicago is Cinematography & Film Production (278 degrees awarded), followed by Graphic Design (122 degrees) and Recording Arts Technology (120 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Columbia College Chicago, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (136 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (1,188 degrees), and Communications (265 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia College Chicago are Elementary & middle school teachers (277,892 people), Miscellaneous managers (252,732 people), Designers (221,664 people), Postsecondary teachers (147,093 people), and Marketing & sales managers (137,854 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia College Chicago are Communication Technologies (136 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (1,188 degrees), Communications (265 degrees), English (113 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (12 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia College Chicago are Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Dentists, Dental hygienists, and General & operations managers

The most specialized majors at Columbia College Chicago are Communication Technologies (136 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (1,188 degrees), Communications (265 degrees), English (113 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (12 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia College Chicago are Elementary & secondary schools (506,833 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (347,846 people), Computer Systems Design (167,329 people), Advertising, public relations & related services (139,266 people), and Hospitals (138,943 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia College Chicago are Communication Technologies (136 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (1,188 degrees), Communications (265 degrees), English (113 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (12 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Columbia College Chicago.

Most Common

  1. 278 degrees awarded

  2. 122 degrees awarded

  3. 120 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbia College Chicago was Cinematography & Film Production with 278 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 839

  2. 1,194

In 2016, 839 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia College Chicago, which is 0.703 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,194).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 181 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia College Chicago in Cinematography & Film Production, which is 1.87 times more than the 97 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 97 degrees were awarded to women at Columbia College Chicago in Cinematography & Film Production, which is 0.536 times less than the 181 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

30%

100% Completion Time

43%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 30% of students graduating from Columbia College Chicago completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 43% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (60%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Columbia College Chicago is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (60% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.32% of graduates (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,229 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    279 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    187 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbia College Chicago is white (1,229 degrees awarded). There were 4.41 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (279 degrees).

5.56% of degree recipients (113 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    703 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    526 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    176 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Columbia College Chicago is white female (703 degrees awarded). There were 1.34 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (526 degrees).

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Operations

Columbia College Chicago has an endowment valued at nearly $132M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-2.78M (-2.11%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Columbia College Chicago had a total expenditure of $216M. Of that $216M, they spent $100M on salaries and $216M on benefits.

Columbia College Chicago employs 171 Associate professors, 68 Lecturers, and 38 Professors. Most academics at Columbia College Chicago are Male Associate professors (95), Female Associate professors(76), and Male Lecturers (37).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia College Chicago are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 135 employees, Management, with 129 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 85 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$132M

2015 Endowment

7.7%

decline from 2014

Columbia College Chicago has an endowment valued at about $132M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbia College Chicago declined 7.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $103M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.79M - Federal

  2. $7.74M - State

  3. $181k - Local

As of 2015, Columbia College Chicago received $2.79M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.74M from state grants and contracts, and $181k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$100M

Salary Expenditure

$216M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Columbia College Chicago had a total expenditure of $216M. Of that $216M, they spent $100M on salaries and $216M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Columbia College Chicago as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$100M

2015 Salaries

1.01%

decline from 2014

In 2015, Columbia College Chicago paid a median of $100M in salaries, which represents 46.4% of their overall expenditure ($216M) and a 1.01% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.22% decline from 2013 and a 1.04% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$23.1M

Instructional Salaries

324

Number of Employees

In 2015, Columbia College Chicago paid a total of $23.1M to 324 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

171 Employees

Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

135 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbia College Chicago were Associate professor with 171 employees; Lecturer with 68 employees; and Lecturer with 38 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia College Chicago were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 135 employees; Management with 129 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 85 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Associate professor

  2. Female Associate professor

  3. Male Lecturer

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbia College Chicago was Male Associate professor with 95 employees, Female Associate professor with 76 employees, and Male Lecturer with 37 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Columbia College Chicago.

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