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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The environment at my school is very friendly and there are a wide/vast amount of opportunities both on and off campus, and there are plenty of things to do between classes around town. The classes themselves are good, though some can be a bit uneccesary/irrelevant and not easily applicable to outside life

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Columbia is a great place to meet others to collaborate with on any type of creative project. Peers are always willing to help you out, and if you're willing to do the same, it's a great way to gain first-hand experience!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's the perfect school for me. I came here with a purpose to learn about my field, and it does an excellent job with that. I know that when I graduate I will be prepared for the "real world" with the knowledge I learned from Columbia.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Not much of a community vibe that they try to convince you from the beginning

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not very organized, very diverse, great location.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Administration: sucking the money from you

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You're in the third largest city in the country, anything and everything is available.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I find it hard to find something within my budget.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Absolutely horrible. Still fighting with them for more money.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All of the housing in the Loop (area that the college is in) is way to expensive to live in. However commuting a little means amazing housing with reasonable prices. You just have to be careful what area you are in.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene at Columbia is almost non-existent, and the parties that are available and really bad. If you want to party it has to be away from Columbia.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I rarely if ever eat on campus, so I am always making my own food or going out. Being in the city there are endless options and the cta can get you anywhere.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: It is annoying to have more than two guests in a dorm room at a time if they do not live in the building. Doing a couples night with my friends (who go to a different school) and my boyfriend was rough.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are many scholarship options, but the majority of them are for Juniors and Seniors only, which makes it difficult being a Freshman or Sophomore

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: On campus the food isn't that great, however being in Chicago means that there are great and amazing food options not that far away.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its alright living on Campus, however there could be changes made to the system to make it more livable. A change would be to allow freshman to chose their roommates.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I wish Columbia helped out more with off campus living.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is always somewhere new. What else could you want other than endless opportunity?

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Columbia students don't really "party" like the cliche state school would. If anything, there will be a house party somewhere north that a few students will go hang out at. Sharing conversations over good music and a cigarette. Maybe I just don't get invite though... Hahah. I don't know.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: I understand that there is needed strictness because this is a dangerous city, but I wish that more situations had exceptions. I've had some pretty drastic situations happen due to campus security that became extremely inconvenient.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish there were more opportunities for scholarships within the school. Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places, but I hope in future semesters there is more advertising of scholarships or else I don't know how long I can stay.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I am a commuter student, so having to buy food was a pain in the butt. But overall, the selection and area is great. And what I've had of campus food isn't too bad either.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's easier to live off campus because most times it's cheaper than living on campus and there's no rules to abide by unlike living on campus. Availability is pretty high and safety depends on the area. There isn't any help from the school to find an off-campus apartment but there are websites like domu to find apartments.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Area: My school is the heart of Chicago so there's always something to do and it's only a bus or train ride away. Student discounts are everywhere in museums and sports arenas on certain days, shopping is just down the street, there's always police or security guards on practically every corner, and the locals are pretty nice.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Plenty of parties circulate around campus: you just have to find the right person to get in. House parties and school events are free but parties run by Premo or other organizations cost at least ten dollars. The best parties I've been to have been on the west side and the Black Out parties that happen in one of the campus buildings.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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