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Columbia College Chicago joins college’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission program

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Apr 26, 2019

The College of Lake County and Columbia College Chicago, a private, nonprofit college, recently signed a Guaranteed Transfer Admission agreement. CLC students who meet the requirements outlined in the partnership agreement and transfer to Columbia to complete a bachelor’s degree will be guaranteed admission.

Karen Hlavin, CLC vice president for student development, said Columbia is a great addition to CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission program due to its reputation for high-quality, innovative programs and its convenient location in Chicago’s Cultural Mile, withinLogo of Columbia College Chicago about an hour’s commute from Lake County. “Through this partnership, we’re offering our students yet another high-quality option in Illinois,” Hlavin said. “We can now provide qualified students an opportunity to plan their transfer to Columbia several semesters in advance and take advantage of advising from both institutions simultaneously.”

Holly Herrera, Ph.D., associate provost for transfer initiatives and academic partnerships at Columbia, said, “We’re excited to have established this agreement, as it helps provide a clearer academic transition for CLC transfer students continuing their studies at Columbia. The agreement covers 49 undergraduate majors, from acoustics to theatre design and technology. Students thrive at our location in the South Loop, close to the city’s top museums, theatres and cultural attractions. We are also impressed that nearly 90 percent of  transfer students from CLC successfully graduate from Columbia. This agreement will only strengthen our partnership.”

To learn more about CLC’s guaranteed transfer admission program, visit or call (847) 543-2090. CLC students now can choose from 28 institutions that offer guaranteed admission, ensuring a seamless transfer of credit to the four-year colleges and universities.


About Columbia College Chicago:

Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for nearly 7,000 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging, and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens. For more information, visit

About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County.