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Reviews 1903 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got some financial aid money, but for the most part I had to go elsewhere for money.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's Chicago and Chicago is a major city, and major cities always have a safety problem. But the concerns I have for my personal safety would apply if I was anywhere. Columbia College has a ton of security on campus that tour 24/7.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chicago is an amazing city with lots of stuff to do and see. Columbia College being in the South Loop opens up loads of entertainment options for students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: As far as cafeteria style food goes, it's pretty good, and the price for a years worth of food isn't terrible.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: Columbia College Chicago is a Liberal Arts school. Sports are no ones main focus. All sports are student lead.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Make sure you apply early or on time so you get the best possible chance of being placed in the right class. Look open and willing to learn at the audition and don't stress. Columbia doesn't make you audition for dance so you are already in the school. the only thing you need to worry about auditioning is making yourself look good so you place in a higher level.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy the dance program because of the opportunities it presents and the networking i do on a daily basis. It is frustrating to me because of personal reasons. It is great if you want to talk to people that have achieved success in the dance world.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Columbia as a plethora of options. its great

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Always go to student financial services and your golden.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Chicago is huge, there is something for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Depends on how you feel about strictness. It also varies from dorm to dorm. my advice is to talk to several students in each dorm and hear their opinion. i did not dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a little bit of everything.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: its Chicago, everything is a variable. I cannot give an accurate description of housing for all of chicagoland.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: i have nothing bad to say about it. Columbia is no different than other universities.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't recommend housing to anyone ever, in any situation.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: it has ups and downs. it depends on the types of dance you want to do. This is a great school for networking, but it is definetly not for everybody.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is an art school, so it offers an extremely large variety that formal schools just wont.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are good because they are close to classes and are in the downtown area but the dorms' space, amenities,and cost all depend on the which dorm you stay in.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There's plenty of diversity around campus and organizations that cater to these different backgrounds such as LGBT, Black Student Union, etc.


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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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