Columbia College Chicago Rankings by Salary Score

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Columbia College Chicago's Top Rankings

Columbia College Chicago is ranked on 2 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at Columbia College Chicago

We calculated a salary score for each of Columbia College Chicago's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Columbia College Chicago to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is based on the school's by-program performance weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the December 2020 release of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. Debt and salary numbers are shown rounded to the nearest $10.

Salary Scores for Columbia Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
American Sign Language 62 97% 97% $25,250 $32,930 62
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 50 96% 96% $26,000 $28,900 50
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians 70 94% 94% $24,530 $30,260 70
Business Administration, Management and Operations 22 97% 97% $25,230 $36,020 22
Dance 42 98% 98% $27,000 $22,090 42
Design and Applied Arts 29 95% 95% $27,000 $30,750 29
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 46 98% 98% $26,000 $22,810 46
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 11 100% 100% $25,000 $23,350 11
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 32 94% 94% $25,000 $24,150 32
Fine and Studio Arts 56 93% 93% $27,000 $27,050 56
Graphic Communications 35 96% 96% $27,000 $26,930 35
Journalism 50 97% 97% $25,880 $32,570 50
Marketing 21 93% 93% $23,000 $37,050 21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 13 93% 93% $27,380 $26,350 13
Music 17 90% 90% $25,950 $20,980 17
Physics 95 86% 86% Not Reported $61,520 95
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 53 96% 96% $24,500 $38,290 53
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 36 98% 98% $25,250 $28,790 36
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 16 91% 91% $24,250 $21,820 16
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 43 94% 94% Not Reported $35,060 43

Salary Scores for Columbia Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 26 95% 95% Not Reported $37,210 26
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 48 97% 97% $63,360 $32,390 48
Movement and Mind-Body Therapies and Education 76 96% 96% $106,440 $42,680 76
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 26 94% 94% Not Reported $42,680 26
Music 38 87% 87% Not Reported $28,600 38
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 36 92% 92% $73,470 $33,570 36
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 43 100% 100% Not Reported $45,700 43
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 39 86% 86% Not Reported $47,260 39

Most Recent Reviews

Nicole 12/10/2019

I really liked my fiction writing program. It turned me into a better writer. Becoming student body president helped me to become a leader. Overall my gratitude to Columbia is great. However, if I was not provided with many scholarships, I do not know if I would have the same feelings. Fiction writing is no longer a part of my career, but it gave me deep empathy and understanding that I plan to bring into my counseling career. I had some of the best educators of my life at Columbia College Chicago. They were... Read More

Henry Walker 10/18/2019

Columbia College Chicago provided a hands-on learning experience in the heart of Downtown Chicago where the city was my entire campus. My professors for the duration of my time there were all approachable; had office hours where I could come in and discuss whatever questions or ideas I had about assignments. Each semester, there were always great speakers who would come to campus and provide valuable information and insight on careers, the arts, and world affairs. For a majority commuter school, the offerings... Read More