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3 College Freshman

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

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse community, lots of international students

5 College Freshman

Diversity: You will not see the same type of person at columbia and I really like that. It keeps everything fresh.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: People come from all over that attend Columbia. There are many students from across the seas and the country. Not only is the student body diverse, the instructors are as well. The Columbia community is racially diverse, economically diverse, and espically sexually diverse. It is a comfortable, safe community for all walks of life.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: I think that the campus is very open minded and open to other races.

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  • 8th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 22nd
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1374th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
Television Writing and Producing
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Columbia College in Chicago has proven itself to be perhaps the most diverse college in the United States. Columbia encourages diversity, strives to avoid the "norm," and also celebrates and relishes in diversity in every class and each department. Columbia offers the following departments to promote diversity: African-American Cultural Affairs, Asian Cultural Affairs, Latino Cultural Affairs, LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community, International Programs, International Student Affairs, and Multicultural Student Affairs.

In terms of where students come from, 11,858 undergraduates and 606 graduate students come from 50 states and 41 foreign nations.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 21%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 12%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Columbia has an LGBTQ organization that holds events in support of the queer community.
Political Activity
The Student Government Association of Columbia College Chicago represents the student voice and endeavors to construct a more perfect union. It serves as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, and administration in order to ensure the welfare of the College's unique and diverse art and communication community. Through leadership and strong representation, it strives to provide students with opportunities to grow academically, artistically, professionally, and personally.

Economic Status
Columbia's tuition is among the lowest of all private arts and media colleges in the nation.
Most Common Religions
Because Columbia's campus is in the heart of Chicago, you can literally walk three blocks and arrive at a Catholic Church, a Buddhist Temple, a Jewish Synagogue, or a place to pray. There are also several religious groups on campus that are very active in meeting and getting together. The religious organizations recruit the most heavily during the College's annual Convocation ceremony held in Grant Park at the very beginning of the semester.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Columbia College offers to all students a chance to be a part of groups and organizations that celebrate being part of an ethnic minority. Throughout the year, African American Cultural Affairs, Asian American Cultural Affairs, International Student Affairs, and Latino Cultural Affairs all thrive-through fundraisers, raising awareness, and having a gay ol' time celebrating who they are.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 104 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 32% Liberal
  • 16% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 104 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 17% Not sure
  • 35% Liberal
  • 38% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 104 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 103 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 105 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 12% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 85% Very accepting.



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