Second Bachelor's

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Apply as a second bachelor’s student if you’ve completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university and are interested in earning another bachelor’s degree. Please note that a Bachelor of Arts (BA) is the only degree option available for a second bachelor's student. 

If you have earned (or will earn) college credit at a college or university but have not completed a bachelor's degree, please review the Transfer Application Requirements.

If you have not earned any credit at a college or university, please review the Freshman Application Requirements.

If you are you an international student who will require a visa to study in the United States, please follow the steps listed here, and review this page for additional information


Need help along the way? We're here for you.

Please feel free to email or call us at to be connected to an Admissoins Representative who can answer your questions.


Priority Deadlines

Columbia accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible.

Spring 2022 Applicants: Monday, November 1, 2021

Fall 2022 Applicants: Wednesday, January 19, 2022


Follow these steps to apply.

1. Submit your application.

Use the "Apply Now" link above to access the application.

2. Submit your transcripts.

All second bachelor's degree applicants are required to submit their official college transcripts to the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Ask your institution(s) to send official transcripts to Columbia College Chicago Admissions at 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. All transcripts received by mail or in person must be in the original sealed envelope from the school.

We also accept transcripts—when sent directly from the institution—via email to

3. Submit application fee.

The application fee for students (nonrefundable) is $25.