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Reviews 2164 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not entirely sure about this.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Subway has student discounts and a couple of nearby restaurants have great student deals

College Sophomore

Administration: I don't live on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: One really just needs to be organized and remember deadlines.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't think our school is very well known for big parties.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I've only eaten here once, and the variety that they offered was pretty good.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I unfortunately don't live on campus. I commute forty minutes to school instead.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Because I am in a graduate program, my experience is going to be much more personalized that it will be for some undergraduate students depending on their major. I would say that I have had an amazing experience within my courses and with my professors. I believe that I am getting a high quality education at this college. The class size is no more than 15 and it's the exact program that fits my aspirations and career goals as well as the orientation.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: This college has strong career prospects for its students largely because of its ties to the art and performance community. The career services that this college offers makes it easy to promote yourself as a young professional. The alumni network is also great.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing at this college is literally anything that is available through the community. With this option, students are solely responsible for setting this up and the school is not responsible for this. I would say that off-campus housing is much more affordable than on-campus. On-campus is expensive with rent and the meal-plan. There is so much housing around the city and the different neighborhoods, it's just a matter of searching for it. The landlord situation is a hit or miss, it really depends on whether it is a company that has the landlord, or if it is just a layperson. I don't have any problems with my landlord but I do have friends that have a lot of communication issues with theirs. You can get an idea about the level of safety within a given area by googling these questions, and asking the locals.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are specific restaurants that do offer a student discount, but not even place does that. Most of the discounts are no more than 10%.

3 College Junior

Administration: Other than limitations for how many visitors can be allowed into the dorms, I can't think of any school policy that significantly affects students' academics or social lives.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Because this college is a private academic institution, the financial aid options are very limited and not very good to say the least. For graduate students, such as myself, the only available option are federal or private loans. The only free money that is available are some department or college-wide scholarships that you can apply for.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I usually go out to bars and shows with groups of people that I go to school with. Otherwise, apartment or house parties are next.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: A lot of great local restaurants easily accessible.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I typically feel very safe, but after hearing about a girl in my class who was sexually assaulted and the school did virtually nothing, I feel as though the college is not on my side (or any other female's, for that matter).

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Chicago is a fantastic town with lots of things to do.

College Junior

Party Scene: I never go to parties, so I'm not totally aware of when/where they are happening. But from hearing other students talk, parties definitely do happen.

4 College Junior

Administration: The visitation rules for dorms make visiting inconvenient.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The local restaurants offer a great variety.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It all depends on which neighborhood you choose. The most popular are Wicker Park, Logan Square, Wrigleyville, and Lincoln Park. All very nice, pretty pricey, but about a 20-30 minute train ride away from campus. Definitely well worth it though.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I mean, it's Chicago. There's never not something to do. Go see a comedy show, go try some ethnic food you've never had, even going to the park is great. This city is one of the best things about going here.

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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: There just aren't any, really. There's a baseball club, I think, but it's an art school. Not a lot of interest.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is pretty lenient on most things. I've never heard of anyone getting kicked out for violations, typically you lose guest privileges in the dorms. Drugs are definitely present, but it's not really a safety/health issue, most kids are fairly responsible. Basically, they're lenient because they haven't had a reason to be strict.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Right on campus, there's a ton of different options, like Topper's, Devil Dawgs, and Flaco's Taco's. If you venture out into the rest of the loop, you can find pretty much anything your looking for. Chicago's a great restaurant city.


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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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