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Reviews 1940 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Its Chicago, if you can't find anything to do then you don't leave your dorm.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Columbia's sports are on the up rise. Students are noticing that they can be creative and artsy but also competitive and physical. I know that the baseball team is made up of multiple different majors ranging from theater to TV to Music to marketing and management.

The athletes on campus interact with everyone and are well liked by students who know them.

Go Renegades!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Classes are good. The only problem is that we have to take so many general education courses. They account for over 25% of our graduation requirements. Almost 12 classes that are non related to any intended major.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love chicago. Many resources around

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school will seriously prepare you for the real world.

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College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I dont live on campus

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Very active. Everyone gets envolved.

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College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I do not eat on campus. therefore i have no answer

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse. Every other person that passes you is a different ethnicity, religion, and etc..

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off- campus housing is less pricey but if you are moving alone i suggest you stay on campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: From typical fast food to Chipotle, Bennigans and such chains. Little deli markets within blocks.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Green space is world class. Grant Park, Chicago. Great inspiration especially for a student of Architecture. There are no athletic facilities.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Respect of your peers and faculty is a priority.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Very artsy school. Majority of kids have tats and piercings, I'm a definite minority. Since the school is located in the city there isn't an overall vibe on social life and relationships. Maybe small groups get together as friends but who knows?

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: Don't live on campus. Looked at housing and it was very expensive and very old. Ugh.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Being an urban school the party scene is the entire city of Chicago. Very cool.

3 College Senior

Majors: Haven't had an internship but hope to in the spring.

3 College Senior

Majors: There aren't many students studying Interior Architecture so there wasn't any problem getting into the program.

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.


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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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