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All applicants will be categorized into one of two categories, which will determine which application process to use.

Visiting Student

Students who are enrolled in college at an institution outside of Columbia College, but who plan to attend Comedy studies for a semester abroad from their school.

Returning Columbia Student

Students who are currently enrolled in a degree seeking course at Columbia College Chicago.

To be considered for admission to Columbia College Chicago Comedy Studies, all applicants must submit the following based on which student category you fall under.

Visiting Students

1. Completed Comedy Studies online application

Please note that the Comedy Studies application is tied to a larger application administrated by Columbia College Chicago. You will have to select "Comedy Studies" to be directed to the correct application. Please disregard any information or e-mails from the general college that might pertain to other programs.

2. Official college transcript

Columbia College Chicago students may submit a copy of their transcript printed from Oasis. Applicants attending colleges other than Columbia College Chicago must submit an official transcript in an envelope sealed by the school they are currently attending as well as submit official transcripts from all (if any) previously attended colleges or universities. Official transcripts may be submitted separately from the online application and mailed directly to

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
600 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL, 60605-1996

3. One letter of recommendation

A letter of recommendation from an individual who is qualified to speak to your skill as a member of an ensemble, your individual work ethic, and how you may benefit from an intensive study-away experience in comedy studies. (i.e. a member of your college's theater department faculty, or professor, or theatrical director or improvisation or writing instructor)

4. Theatrical resume and headshot and/or a short description of experience

Short description (500 words maximum) detailing your improvisation training, any sketch or improvisation performance experience and sketch writing experience.

5. Three short essays 

Essays (200 words minimum) in response to the following three questions:

  • How do you see this program fitting in with your college major or future career plans?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a comic performer and/or writer?
  • Aside from your family and friends, who or what makes you laugh? Feel free to reference specific comedians and shows.

6. Proof of specific immunizations

In compliance with Illinois Public Act #85-1315, each student must provide proof of one tetanus diphtheria shot within the last ten years, two separate measles shots during their lifetime, one rubella shot and one mumps shot.

7. Application Fee

An application fee of $25.00 will be required at the end of the online application.

*The above materials can be uploaded to our online application (by clicking "Apply Now".) You may save changes to your application and return to it at any point.

Visiting students apply here!

 https://apply.colum.edu/apply/?sr=ad0c51c3-b9c1-40a9-8b36-889c0d1137d6

Returning Columbia Students

1. Completed Comedy Studies online form

Please note this is a different form than what the non-columbia students will need to fill out.

2. One faculty reference 

The email address and name of a Columbia Proffessor who is qualified to speak to your skill as a member of an ensemble, your individual work ethic, and how you may benefit from an intensive study-away experience in comedy studies. 

3. Theatrical resume and headshot and/or a short description of experience

Short description (500 words maximum) detailing your improvisation training, any sketch or improvisation performance experience and sketch writing experience.

4. Three short essays 

Essays (200 words minimum) in response to the following three questions:

  • How do you see this program fitting in with your college major or future career plans?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a comic performer and/or writer?
  • Aside from your family and friends, who or what makes you laugh? Feel free to reference specific comedians and shows.

Returning students apply here!

 https://colum.formstack.com/forms/comedy_studies