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Reviews 1922 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's an arts school for arts. There aren't any sports teams because we're there to be creative. There are some intramurals and people who do play sports enjoy them at the school.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Of all the professors that I've been in contact with, none of them have had a bad impression on me. Everyone is upbeat and caring and wants to help you and see you succeed.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: We have a special website for just our school where people are discovered every day. We have people to talk to about getting internships. All the career centers and employees if the school are always there to help. It's an amazing atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They do an amazing job keeping us safe in a city with such a high crime rate. I feel safe pretty much all of the time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The rules that they have, they are very serious about. But they are meant to keep us safe, especially in the city. I am very happy with the policies.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's like any college. They give you an amount and you still manage to have loans you have to take out.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's great being a fine arts major at an actual art school. The program is so much better and funded. They have you take classes that skill you in many different fields of art.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes here are so unique, while still teaching you exactly what you need. Most of the teacher are part time, and have jobs in their field. So they can bring back up to date industry expectations. All the teachers are extremely helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's alright, depending on what you like. But the on campus cafe has really good food.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Being downtown in a major city has it's benefits.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: One thing I love the most about Columbia is that it is extremely diverse. It's such a different setting. I've met so many different kinds of people.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The school throws great on campus parties, they usually end up over capacity because everyone goes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As long as you follow the rules it'll be easy. Everyone's so nice.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: We don't have off-campus housing, through the school. It's in the middle of the south loop, downtown Chicago. You can try to find an apartment if you want. But it'll probably be very expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have competitive teams, I wish we did. I used to be a volleyball player, until college. We have teams, but they just play for fun. No one really pays any attention to them.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Columbia is a beautifully constructed campus. You really feel like you're surrounded in an "artsy" environment. You're inspired pretty much any where you go.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Starting to apply as early as possible will greatly benefit you.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: What's good is that if you have questions, you can call Student Financial Services and they'll help you as much as they can. It's annoying to have to wait though.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are only club teams, no official division sports

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Columbia College's campus offers a variety of different dinning options. From fast-food, to fancy restaurants, to ethnic cuisines, all available at any price range.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Columbia College's professors know their stuff because they work in the fields they teach. Real-world experience is brought into the classroom.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Internships and jobs are readily available. Columbia College has a lot of connections and it's campus is in the heart of Chicago.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Columbia College Chicago takes pride in it's diversity, and it shows. At Columbia you can meet people of every race, economic status, sexual orientation, sexual identification and so on.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't gone through the process of finding off-campus housing yet, so I am unaware of the pros and cons one might face. However, it's Chicago, there are going to be apartments available.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go to too many clubs and bars, so I can't really give an opinion on this one.


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Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
Television Writing and Producing
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Columbia College is Chicago's best-kept secret. The College can be a great asset for many students, but it's important to remember that Columbia is what it is—an art school specializing in media art. It is one of the fastest paced colleges in the United States, with some of the most up-to-date technologies on the market. It is a place that will make or break you. When you come to Columbia, you will either work harder than you have in your entire life and become somebody, or you will realize that you have another dream. Columbia will not joke around with you. Everything here is very real. Everywhere you go on campus unconsciously puts off an energy uttering the phrase, "roll up your sleeves and get to work." In every classroom, faculty member, and assignment, there is truth to your work and how your life will be if you truly want to work in the field you have come to Chicago to study. Coming to Columbia is an investment in your future and worth every penny you shell out of your pocket.

Columbia students work hard. There is passion in what they do. On the weekends, yes, they go out with friends, but more than likely what they are talking about is not how the football team did, or what happened to so and so—it's about projects, life, ideas, film shoots, pictures, shows, and stories. This is a grown-up campus committed to getting you where you want to be, but only if you are willing to put in the work.


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