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Reviews 1700 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Student

Transportation: Living in the city makes it easy to get around especially if you are a full time student and have a U-pass.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload that i have had so far has varied depending on the teacher and the subject.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: computers at my school are pretty easy to access.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't like all of the rules that are applied on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security is good on campus, especially at night.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Compute service on campus is nice there are many places you can go to use a computer. People that say otherwise mostly have poor time management and get mad at everyone else for the time crunch they are on. I do think printing rules should be changed. we need more free printing options. Add printing fees to big projects ie. every 5 pages is 10cents or something.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Chicago is a food Mecca. There are so many places you can go to eat and try new things. don't do it too often because it can be expensive. Make a point to eat somewhere new every month, it's fun!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I had a meal plan last year but no this year. The reason I decided not to get a meal plan is because it's inconvenient for me. The dining is not in my dorm, the food was okay not a lot of variety, not healthy, and over priced.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Do everything early is my biggest time. The app is open on January 1 every year. Have your application done my mid-January at the latest so you still have time to work things out if need arrises.

Also don't wait around. If you haven't gotten a response in a timely fashion, find a number to call and check on things.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They do a good job of handling and informing the study body if and when things happen. The health center is an absolute joke and needs revision people that actually know what they are doing. I shouldn't have to feel like I'm waisting my time going to see someone about my health. Seriously.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: In Chicago in order to have a real legal nightlife you have to be 21+. Nightlife is nonexistent if you live in the loop because everything closes. transportation is good, thank God for the UPASS!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Because it's an art school there is going to be a wide range of individuals. Guys and Girls range from (in no particular order) nerd, gamer, hipster, drugie, partier, hypersexual, dumb, athletic, introvert, extrovert, "popular", annoying girls, annoying boys and the list goes on.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is not a parking lot for students and staff. We have to you foreign garages and lots like everyone else. There is street parking with a paybox and it's over priced per hour. Everything about Chicago is over priced. I think people still come here for the culture, vibe, and opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love it here at Columbia! I wish I can do more than I already doing.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I never have any problems in thinking something is too strict. I am a law abiding citizen on campus and I don't make random life threatening decisions. I'm here to do my job at being a great student and graduating. I'm not waisting my time on anything else.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: WINTERS ARE HORRIBLE!!! being in the loop and right by the lake it is unbearably cold. I hate winters here they are too cold and too long. All of the other seasons are nice. :)

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's not taken seriously. The dorms are running crazy with drugs and I don't see much happening to correct it. The move-in online alcohol test we have to take is a joke. I don't even partake in drug and alcohol and I don't see how it's affective for those that do.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Columbia's dance department admission is different from most dance programs because there is not a major audition to get in. Everyone is accepted into the program. There is a placement audition, for the administration to judge what level you should start in. I think the process works.

The down side for some students is that because there is not a crazy audition process, they think the program will be easy and that is not the case at all. Columbia's dance department is very strict about attendance and technical progress. As it should be, because they are here to prepare us for the dance world and some people are not ready for that.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my department (dance). I've learned so much in the past two years and I feel like I'm at the right school for me. After school I would love to join a company and tour the world. The company I aspire to be wit is, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York. To dance for them would be a dream come true! I believe that I can do too.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse when it comes to backgrounds, ethnicity and religious views.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is live during the day, there are after class activities, but I do not participate.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining can become expensive.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have not seen or heard of any drug usage at Columbia.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather does not affect campus experience.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I think it would be interesting being able to live on camps. The dorms are spacious, people are nice but cost is high.


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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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