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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: My financial aid was a struggle last year, but now is amazingly good to me.

College Freshman

Athletics: We do not have Columbia sport teams.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school supplied Ventra cards save you a lot during the school year, but they tend to malfunction and require money and are not at all free during the summer or even the winter breaks, which is difficult.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most of the drug use is tobacco or "vaping" (which so far seems to be healthier than smoking). Other than that, the only drug use I have noticed is weed, which is fairly uncommon.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a few school organized nightlife events every week at Columbia. Creative, fun, social, and safe. Often includes free food and drink.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The on campus housing is luxurious, but even the cheapest option is very expensive. There should be cheaper alternatives for students.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am at Columbia specifically for the film program. You take serious film classes right away, get great opportunities to see other directors and get your work published, lots of great resources for filmmaking, and the program prepares you to get a real job in your field after college.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is a massive fine for anyone who drinks or does drugs in on campus housing, but they are too lenient about proof. My roommates and I were smoked out of our own apartment because the people next door were smoking so much. When two R.A.s came by after we complained, they said they couldn't do anything because they couldn't identify the substance as marijuana from our apartment and they did not investigate any further as far as I know.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is an ethnic diversity on campus and a lot of foreign exchange students, but I feel that what is more important is that there is a smorgasbord of political, cultural, sexual, and educational affiliations within the student and teacher bodies.

5 College Freshman

Computers: There are commuter labs to help with editing and audio for film majors. They are equipped with multiple editing programs, a sound library, and rentable filming and recording equipment. It is AMAZING!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have greek life, but I like that and so do most students here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I found a great place to live off campus and I am excited to move, but it's 45 minutes away. Not a problem at all to me, but it is to most college students here.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Being from Texas, I LOVED playing in the snow for the first time!

5 College Junior

Transportation: IT'S FREE. We can take the bus or the L and we don't have to pay. And the red line runs 24/7. So that's great.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I started going into the theatre department and then switched to the fiction department and then switched to Interactive Arts & Media and I am finally happy.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I do look forward to taking part in some internships soon.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I wouldn't leave the suburbs to go party in the south loop. Most students aren't old enough to get into bars.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I am aware of campus security but I have not given the student health center. I do feel safe on campus during the day and I am never around at night.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I like the student body in my department and the staff in my department is very knowledgable.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus so I wouldn't know. I am aware that there are a lot of options for students.

College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't see any drug policy or alcohol policy signs at my school. I am not around campus at night so it might be a different scene then.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone has their own style or they really don't care. My department has students on the latter end of that spectrum.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I have eaten at only a few local restaurants and not many of them offer student discount. There are not chipotle's nearby nor a mcdonalds for something quick and real cheap.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have not been awarded any Financial aid from the school, only through federal grants. It's hard to find what scholarships are being offered at my school.

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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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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