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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities are available for students throughout the day and have access to wireless and computer labs.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: You're kind of on your own here. There's not much of a student community because we're so spaced out and we collide with other schools so often. There are cool places if you look hard enough, but it's not prime.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: We have a good mix of old buildings and newly renovated ones, the elevators don't always work but the campus is awesome. We go to class in high-rises and right on Michigan avenue, it's a pretty sweet deal.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There would be rap battles outside the dorms, students practicing explosive scenes in the hallways at the theatre building, street performances and art all around the campus, and monthly talent showcases called Big Mouth. We even have our own record label, art gallery, and printing company. There's always parties and events posted around the school, especially for events at the Haus, which is like a school-owned club. At the end of the year, we have a school-wide event called Manifest where we showcase art, fashion, music and performances. I wouldn't choose any other school.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I just like the overall air of the school. There's a variety of people with the same drive and awesome talent that I doubt I would experience at any other school. There's plenty of opportunities for all students of all majors and the main agenda of the school is to find your creative posse and make connections to take with you after you leave the school. I'm a theatre acting major and I never though I'd be in a dance performance or DJ because of the classes and people I've been meeting in my year and a half of being at the school. I just like the freedom and nonjudgement environment.


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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 84 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 10 responses

  • 23% 600 S. Michigan Building, basement
  • 14% The Loft, 623 S. Wabash, 4th floor
  • 14% University Center, Dwight, 2 E. 8th
  • 14% A&D Lab
  • 14% Plymouth Lobby
  • 9% Columbia library
  • 5% The Getz Theater, 3rd floor
  • 5% Michigan Ave
  • 5% Cafecito
  • 0% Any Plum Café
  • 0% Hoken Annex Café, 623 S. Wabash

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 27% Read a book in Grant Park
  • 18% People watch
  • 18% See a theatrical performance
  • 14% Party
  • 14% Catch a music recital
  • 5% Make movies with my friends
  • 5% Watch a dance performance

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 7 responses

  • 44% Manifest
  • 19% Cinema Slapdown
  • 19% Big Mouth
  • 19% Convocation
  • 0% Critical Encounters
  • 0% Parent Weekend

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 86 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.
  • 44% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% I haven't met anyone that has one.
  • 17% The photography labs
  • 17% Receptionist in the HHSS department !
  • 17% College Advising Center

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 8 responses

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



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