Columbia College Chicago Rankings Based on Salary

  • Columbia College Chicago ranks better than only 36% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Columbia College Chicago ranks better than only 37% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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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 a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for Columbia Bachelor's Degrees

Columbia ranks higher than 36% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
American Sign Language 62% $25,250 $32,925 62%
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 50% $26,000 $28,895 50%
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians 70% $24,525 $30,264 70%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 22% $25,225 $36,016 22%
Dance 42% $27,000 $22,094 42%
Design and Applied Arts 29% $27,000 $30,748 29%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 46% $26,000 $22,806 46%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 11% $25,000 $23,351 11%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 32% $25,000 $24,149 32%
Fine and Studio Arts 56% $27,000 $27,048 56%
Graphic Communications 35% $27,000 $26,933 35%
Journalism 50% $25,875 $32,569 50%
Marketing 21% $23,000 $37,054 21%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 13% $27,384 $26,353 13%
Music 17% $25,951 $20,982 17%
Physics 95% Not Reported $61,516 95%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 53% $24,500 $38,289 53%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 36% $25,250 $28,790 36%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 16% $24,250 $21,824 16%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 43% Not Reported $35,060 43%

Salary Scores for Columbia Master's Degrees

Columbia ranks higher than 42% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 26% Not Reported $37,208 26%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 48% $63,360 $32,391 48%
Movement and Mind-Body Therapies and Education 76% $106,441 $42,682 76%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 26% Not Reported $42,682 26%
Music 38% Not Reported $28,598 38%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 36% $73,470 $33,565 36%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 43% Not Reported $45,696 43%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 39% Not Reported $47,260 39%

Columbia College Chicago Reviews

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