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Reviews 1993 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is ALWAYS something to do in Chicago.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: After all, this is Chicago, so you always have to be careful, especially when walking alone or late at night. Columbia does do a great job of educating students about safety, and the dorms are some of the safest buildings in Chicago it seems.

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College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have any varsity teams. We don't have many sports. We have the Renegades which are a couple student-run club teams. Here's a current list:

Baseball

Co-ed Volleyball

Co-ed Tennis

Poms

Lacrosse

Frisbee

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: You don't hear often about students in trouble or on probation or anything of the sort. Any violations tend to work themselves out I suppose - I do know that if you are caught smoking in the dorms, for a first offense, you have to write a paper. Seems pretty lenient, until a second offense that is! Then you'll be subject to a fine or removal from the dorms, depending on the circumstances. They will also suspend your guest privileges for any violation involving drugs or alcohol, and it'll probably be awhile until you get them back.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life and I've yet to meet a Columbia student who wishes we did. We function beautifully and cohesively without any Greek life or Sports. If being in the "in-crowd" in high school wasn't for you, then Columbia IS for you.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received one of our highest scholarships without even applying for it. Most students receive aid.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Open admissions means even the kids who don't do well academically can still enroll - most art majors don't succeed when it comes to "tests" or "studying" so the open admissions policy works out well. It doesn't help much for graduation rates...some people just aren't ready for college.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I LOVE the film program. Every professor has worked or still works in the industry and wants to see you succeed. Tons of networking events and showcases and we get tickets to prescreenings of almost every film in theaters. Sometimes we have famous directors or producers come and do Q&As as well. Technology is top of the line and pretty accessible to students. Overall a phenomenal program.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always going to be some art kids up to no good...but that's what we do best! Even while at a party you will always hear talk of creative collaborations and current projects - art never rests!

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4 College Junior

Academics: I am still a first year student, starting my second this fall, but from what I have gathered the film program has a lot to offer. There is a community with other people interested in the same stuff you're interested in, special events going on all the time to help you engage more into your field. I find this to be exciting and very useful.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The teachers are fantastic in the film dept. I love how they have a lot of knowledge on the topics being taught but treat us as real individuals which is refreshing over the norm.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Like any schools, I have had some incredible teachers as well as some not so good teachers. Overall I find the professors at Columbia College to be knowledgeable and understanding of your major and visions. A few have also had the experience in their field which helps.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Columbia has a portfolio center that helps build your brand or name. Whether its business cards or websites, they give you the tools to go out there on your own and make a career out of your major. I find this to be helpful. As far as jobs and internships I need to explore more into.

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid department is not the best department. It is a hassle and takes a while to get into your appointment as well as speak to a representative on the phone during the school semester.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Disappointingly enough there isn't really a sports community at Columbia College. And as far as the facilities included in tuition, it could be better.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The south loop in Chicago is located to Grant park that seems like it goes on forever. It is a great spot to study or have group meetings or to even get inspired in between classes. Not to mention the hustle and bustle of Chicago's streets, people watching or casually window watching can pass the time swimmingly.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: I am currently not living on campus, I stay in an apartment a few miles away.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Minus the weather this past year at Manifest, it is a great event to attend! Filled with games, interactive art and all different types of arts available, it is a must when attending Columbia. My favorite part were the local bands and singers even some attending Columbia now.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I do not see security too often around Columbia, however we are in the greater city of Chicago and cops are patrolling the loop area on a regular basis already to ensure students safety.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity around campus is very abundant. People from all walks of life and parts of the world come to Columbia for the school but also the experience with others.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I think Columbia College does a fantastic job at creating an inspiring and creative atmosphere for other designers and artists to bring their work to life. I do find the classrooms extremely boring! They are mostly white walls with no decor or pictures or artwork of any kind. I'd imagine they do this to create less distraction amongst the students but I find it a bit isolated and unimaginative. I believe a more vibrant atmosphere, the more students would pay attention.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Living in the beautiful city of Chicago, there are endless options to choose from. From asian or sushi to chains such as Jimmy Johns and Chipotle.

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Whitney Fox
Hometown
Topeka, Kansas
Major
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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