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Reviews 2326 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Everyone worries about Chicago and safety, but for the most part it's very safe. The campus is located right downtown, so there are the usual bums all over the city, and the occasional mugging, but nothing serious. The campus does send out security alert emails, which are very helpful.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: No Greek life whatsoever, even further alienating students from the school and each other.

1 College Senior

Athletics: No "real" athletics. Columbia College Chicago has a small handful of sports clubs you can join, but it's basically a bunch of dedicated students who want to find another rare student-athlete at CCC.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school emphasizes creativity and "living what you love". Tuition is very expensive, even in-state, for what feels like a bunch of community college level gen ed courses, with very intensive and engulfing programs for those that are 100% set on what they want to do in the arts and entertainment industry. For those that are still uncertain, I would recommend staying away from CCC.If you truly are passionate about the arts, go for it!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Totally was not a dorm. I felt like I was living in a nice apartment

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is a very underrated liberal arts school. I absolutely love it and excel there

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: The survey they made us do every year on alcohol abuse was completely bogus. Despite being a "dry campus," alcohol was rampant in the dorms, parties were abound, and I have no doubt that weed was being smoked on at least every floor.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The quality of the professors vary depending on the department. If you're taking a gen-ed class, you might as well forget it. While they might be working professionals, none of those professors appear to have the capacity to teach. In major-focused courses, you'll have much better luck as many professors are helpful and knowledgable about the topic. Columbia has a terrible habit of mistreating its adjunct faculty when they're the real heroes.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Columbia lauds itself in "putting students in the field" and for some majors, that could be true. However, what Columbia doesn't do is help students make real, important, connections which is what most students desperately need but don't know how to do.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm so so so excited to start this year!!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I will be very prepared for a real career in my field.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Columbia made sure everyone knew they were safe.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have not yet moved in but I expect great things.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Columbia College Chicago is a fun experience!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Happy I transferred here. Made a big leap and it was so worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've received a ton of info about my field and how tp get where I want to go

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Awesome professors, amazing classes. So glad I transferred!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The teachers are always prepared and ready to assist if necessary. They are clear with the teaching material and are willing to give you extra help with office hours. There are a wide variety of courses offered on the website during registration. The classes are a medium to small size, which makes me comfortable. That means that the teacher can give the proper attention to each student.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Based on the degree that I want from this school, I believe that this is the best school. I am an artist and this school is geared towards art students. The career centers offers help when searching for careers based on your field. I actually already have a job as a painting instructor at Gallery 37 for After School Matters organization, founded by Maggie Daley. I have had this job for a year and I love being able to teach high school students my skill. I also enjoy being able to give them advice for college.This is a job that I got on my own. I myself am a former After School Matters student, so I had a past connection with the Regional Director and Program Manager.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is security in every building when you walk inside the door. The school also sends out emails warning the students if an incident did take place so that everyone is aware and can take safety precautions. Everything is usually pretty safe.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I actually wish we did have Greek life. There are sometimes some Greeks that may come to the Black Student Union meeting that I have gone to. They advertise parties and events that they are having. These Greeks have either been students from DePaul University, Roosevelt University or UIC because those school do have Greeks.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I say that its okay just because there was no option for N/A. My school does not have any sports teams, so none of these really apply. I'm okay with this because I personally have no interest in watching or playing any sports.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My favorite experience at my school was this past spring 2016 semester with my BFA review professor, Joan Giroux. She was always willing to meet with me and help me to prepare my digital In Design portfolio. We had multiple meeting where she would explain how to use the program because I had not used it before. She was patient with me and was willing to help me to better understand something that I did not. She always checked on my progress and helped me to edit my artist statement. I could tell that she truly cared about my success. On the day of the review she even emptied out one of her office drawers so that I could have a "pedestal" for one of my sculptures. She is a great teacher and I appreciate her for this.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Love living so close to campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The only sports teams we have are clubs & not that big becausewe are an arts school, so the facilities reflect that.


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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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