Columbia College Chicago was established in the year 1890 and is considered the largest private Arts & Media College in USA. Originally the College was known as Columbia College of Oratory and later as Columbia College of Expression. It was only in the year 1940 that the College was renamed as Columbia College Chicago. The College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and the Higher Learning Commission, USA. Columbia College Chicago offers more than hundred and twenty academic programs to nearly twelve thousand undergraduate and graduate students. Columbia College has nearly 500 graduates and the remaining are undergraduate students. The College owns more than fourteen buildings in Chicago for academic purposes. The College has many Galleries, Museums, residency halls and art institutions under its fold. Classes at the College are usually small with an average size of seventeen students. Students live in 5 residence halls which even offer apartment style living options. The tuition at Columbia College is considerably lower than other private arts and media colleges in USA. The three Schools under Columbia College include the following – School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Fine and Performing Arts and School of Media Arts. School of Liberal Arts and Sciences deals with the subjects – education, English, humanities, social sciences and history, Science, Mathematics, ASL-English interpretation etc. School of Fine and Performing Arts deals with- Art, design, entertainment, media management, dance, fashion studies, fiction writing, theatre, photography, music, dance movement therapy and counseling etc. School of Media Arts deals with subjects such as – film, video, journalism, marketing communication, radio, TV, Interactive arts, media etc. Graduate degree programs on offer by Columbia College Chicago include – Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, MFA (non fiction) and Master of Arts Management (MAM) degrees. The College also offers two certificate level programs in Dance therapy & Counseling and in Movement Analysis. Undergraduate degree programs offered by the College include – Bachelor of Arts degree, BFA degree and the B.Mus (music and composition) degree. Apart from these Columbia College also offers many International programs which include the Columbia Student Exchange Programs and Field Trips for students. Columbia College also has many scholarships programs such as the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship, Writers of the Future / Illustrators of the Future, Atlas Shrugged, Annual Scholarship Competition, Roy W. Dean Los Angeles Video Grant, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program etc.