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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Very active. Everyone gets envolved.

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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.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Columbia is a beautifully constructed campus. You really feel like you're surrounded in an "artsy" environment. You're inspired pretty much any where you go.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Columbia as a plethora of options. its great

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The most amazing thing about Columbia is that it's not your typical cookie-cutter campus. It's spaced out on Michigan Ave and you literally go to school in the city. You are right in the heart of south loop off of Michigan Ave, right across Buckingham Fountain.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 141st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 805th
    Best Library
  • 923rd
    Best Student Centers
  • 1376th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
Television Writing and Producing
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Columbia offers the latest and greatest facilities for dance, fashion, television, photography, radio, journalism, and theater. Not to mention the great classrooms, galleries, libraries, and so much more. The idea Columbia has is that they will provide state-of-the-art everything and top-notch facilities, only so students can have all the tools necessary to become the greatest versions of themselves.

Columbia has the largest film department in the world, with a wide range of equipment in animation, cinematography, and more. In terms of the music department, the Music Center facilities at 1014 South Michigan Avenue feature a 125-seat concert hall with first-rate digital sound-recording and amplification capabilities. The concert hall holds both student and guest recitals, which are open to the public.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1.2 million square feet
Student Centers
  • "The Court," 731 S. Plymouth Court
  • The Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave.
Popular Places to Chill
  • 600 S. Michigan Building, basement
  • Any Plum Café
  • Hoken Annex Café, 623 S. Wabash
Bar on Campus
  • Bar Louie is close and has $1 burgers every Tuesday night!
  • Hackney's is another great bar that is close to campus and a good place for students to drink.
Bowling on Campus
  • Inside the River East AMC Theater is a bowling alley on the second floor.
  • Lucky Strike Lanes, located by the House of Blues on the river.
  • There are no bowling alleys directly on campus, but hey, it's Chicago-you'll find one within five minutes of a train ride away if you Google it.
Coffeehouse on Campus
The following buildings have student cafés where coffee is served: 600 S. Michigan, 624 S. Michigan (the library), 623 S. Wabash, and 1104 S. Wabash. There are also coffee shops like Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, and Caribou Coffee on campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
The closest movie theater to Columbia's campus would be located in downtown Chicago (the River East AMC). There are two AMC theaters downtown, and plenty of lower-priced movie theaters all over the city, accessible by CTA.
"Green" Initiatives
The College recently started the initiative to have more environmentally-friendly toilets and lights. Other ongoing projects include retrofitting lights, recycling paper and trash, installing motion sensor lights in the appropriate spaces, and using green cleaning supplies from Ecolab.
School Slang
  • I'm not gonna lie.:
  • Peace and love.:
  • That's chill.:
  • Convocation: Convocation is how Columbia welcomes students to its unique creative environment. It is an annual event that features Columbia's president, a student services expo, and a catered party with live bands, performance art, spectacles, and more! Convocation highlights the talents of current students and alumni and is a mandatory event for all new freshmen!
  • Critical Encounters: Each academic year, Critical Encounters is a college-wide initiative intended to synchronize conversations around a central, socially, and culturally relevant issue. The purpose of Critical Encounters is to further enhance Columbia College's commitment to civic engagement by inviting students, faculty, and staff to explore and reflect upon the chosen issue. The hope is that students will better understand the impact of that issue in relation to their role as artists, communicators, and media makers, and as those who shape public perception and author the culture of their times.
  • Manifest: Manifest is Columbia College Chicago's urban arts festival that celebrates the next generation of artists and creative professionals. Each year, it attracts an audience of students, faculty, staff, parents, friends, alumni, patrons, donors, industry professionals, neighborhood residents, and the Chicago arts community. The festival is free and open to the public and features music, exhibitions, screenings, presentations, performances, and much more.
  • Parent Weekend: Parent Weekend is an opportunity for parents to participate in the educational and cultural life of Columbia, while getting a firsthand look at the student experience. Parents get to meet senior administrators, academic officers, faculty, and staff, and discover the many ways Columbia nurtures and supports the emerging young creative professional.
Favorite Things To Do
Going to a Cubs game, dance lessons, Tai chi, free yoga in Millennium Park, old movies shown in Grant Park, the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, a famous Chicago boat tour, South Beach, bike rides, Segway tours, the Art Institute, riding to the top of the Sears Tower, and so much, much more! These are just a few of Columbia students' favorite things to do in Chicago.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Columbia Chronicle
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Columbia College Chicago has many different student organizations involving the media, including everything from Acoustical Society of America to Television Arts Society.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • The film building at 1104 S. Wabash Ave., built in 1891, is a City of Chicago Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The College's Main Building, 600 S. Michigan Ave., was built in 1906-07 as the headquarters of the International Harvester Company.
  • The College library at 624 S. Michigan Ave. was built in 1908 to house the Chicago Musical College.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 88 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% 600 S. Michigan Building, basement
  • 13% University Center, Dwight, 2 E. 8th
  • 10% The Loft, 623 S. Wabash, 4th floor
  • 10% Columbia library
  • 10% A&D Lab
  • 10% Plymouth Lobby
  • 7% Cafecito
  • 7% Michigan Ave
  • 3% The Getz Theater, 3rd floor
  • 3% Harold Washington Library
  • 3% Panera on Harrison and State
  • 0% Any Plum Café
  • 0% Hoken Annex Café, 623 S. Wabash

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 21% Read a book in Grant Park
  • 18% People watch
  • 13% See a theatrical performance
  • 13% Party
  • 8% Catch a music recital
  • 5% Watch a dance performance
  • 5% Make movies with my friends
  • 5% Concerts
  • 3% Go hangout downtown
  • 3% Visit Wicker Park
  • 3% Visit Linkin Park
  • 3% Take Pictures Around Town and at The Beach

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 45% Manifest
  • 20% Convocation
  • 20% Big Mouth
  • 15% Cinema Slapdown
  • 0% Critical Encounters
  • 0% Parent Weekend

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 56% I haven't met anyone that has one.
  • 22% College Advising Center
  • 11% Receptionist in the HHSS department !
  • 11% The photography labs

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 40% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 97 responses

  • 9% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 20% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 42% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 29% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 87 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 51% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 45% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 50% I haven't heard of any yet.
  • 50% Dont go south



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