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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus because we are in a safe, touristy part of Chicago. I have never had anyone follow me or cat-call me. I've had weird incidents with students, but that doesn't have to do with the area, just the fact that I am in college with males.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have only had one teacher that I really didn't like, and we just didn't share the same values. However, he was passionate about his work, which I find is a common theme at Columbia, and it's important! I generally respect my professors and I do learn a lot.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Since I am just a freshman and I haven't met any graduates, I can only assume (from what the school tells me) that with a degree from Columbia, as long as you work hard, you can get a job in your major. I don't know how biased or accurate that is, but I'm going to work hard and hopefully be a successful Illustrator!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really like living on campus because of the quality of the residence halls and the ease of getting to class and working on projects. The only thing I don't like is the fact that I live in the University Center and that was my LAST choice. I would much rather be living apartment-style like 90% of my fellow classmates, but I understand that freshman get last pick. I also don't like having a meal plan, which is only required by the UC. I have a feeling that if I lived in another dorm I would be much happier. My room is very nice, though!

1 College Freshman

Athletics: This was hard to rank because we do not have any school teams. As an arts school, we have some extra sports I believe, but they are not tied to Columbia's name. We focus more on art here!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Even though the school isn't completely focused on academics (it's an art school), I still feel like I can get a good education while still pursuing my artistic degree, and that is important to me. They offer honor classes here and incentives for doing well in liberal arts courses. I enjoy the creative, artsy environment and am looking forward to completing my BFA in Illustration!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far I love the facilities, courses and professors. People here are not stuck up, they are smart and passionate about what they do. I think the advisors could be more helpful and not act like you don't really matter/are stupid.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't really been to the student career/internship buildings yet. However I did ask an internship advisor for some questions and he blew me off.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: There aren't really any athletics at our school besides dance, but the dance team and department are excellent.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the facilities and the variety of majors and courses offered at this school. My teachers are all passionate and want you to not only pass, but to learn and take life skills so that you can succeed in your future careers. However the advisors are not that great and seem to just brush you off and make it seem like they have no time for you. They sometimes make me feel stupid.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The courses are awesome! The professors on the other hand well it all depends if you get a good batch or not. I know I made it sound like cookies or something, but it is the truth, some are really nice and helpful, while others are negative and cut you down.

Classes vary in sizes mostly anywhere from 15 students to 30, maybe even 40.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security for the housing building and other building that belong to columbia are alert and always ready to help. Security cars patrol the campus often and are always willing to help if you ever feel not safe to walk home by yourself. The fact that they are always there is very comforting. The housing building have 24/7 which is very impressive.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The teachers are friendly and personable. They talk to you like an adult instead of a child. They tend to your needs and are very helpful when I have questions or confused on any part of the class. They discuss instead of lecturing, and if they do lecture, they do it in a fun and interesting way to keep your attention. The class sizes are fairly small, not really going over 22 or around that number, the only time it would go above that number would be a class made to be a lecture.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For me, as a film students, there are a good handful of experiences I can be a part of, including being on a real set and helping out. There are student jobs, but they are somewhat difficult to get a hold of. It's fairly hard to get the job you want on campus pertaining to your major. There are good opportunities to get experiences in the major you are in, you just have to go out and find them.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I go to an art school, and while we have places to work out and complete dance routines, we do not really pay attention to our intramurals very often.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While the experience of being hands-on in the field you're interested in, the financial department lacks in making us understanding what is happening. They are very confusing.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors find every possible way to relate your major to the class.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are so many different internship and job opportunities presented to students who attend this school.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Being in Chicago makes me feel a little uneasy but it's generally a safe environment.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is in a great area and the teachers find ways to incorporate your major into every class, no matter the subject.

1 College Junior

Athletics: This school has no athletic program and I feel like most of the students look down on people who love sports.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Very visible if you're roommate drinks it in front of you. There are also young adults (or kids) standing in front of the school buildings and in front of dorm buildings smoking drugs or taking drugs.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: My first year of college the worst housing. I stayed in a dorm and my roommate and I were not very well put together, in other words she and I were the opposite of each other. This year though I am excited to say that I have found a place that will let me privately rent! The cost is way less than what I had to pay for when I rented under the school's name. Even though the building is full of people who are attending the same school as I am or a different school, the atmosphere is happier! The exact opposite as what I had last year! :) Everyone is smiling and the janitors are even happy! :) :) The security guards acknowledges you (the building manager even makes certain that she remembers your name along with everyone else in the building ;).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are security guards in every school building and you occasionally see security guards walking in between the school buildings, but only the busy buildings; the further you get to the outskirts of the campus the less security there is.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are great as long as you end up with the ones who understand what you are saying, and how you're learning process works. So far I have only had three instructors who have not understood what I was saying or how my learning process worked.

The workload of homework is a lot if you don't turn you're assignments in on time, but if you stay caught up and keep turning your assignments in on time it is a fair amount of homework.

I can't say much about the rest because I've only stayed in the fine arts and creative writing parts of the shool otherwise they do have a variety of other options that are available to the students to study.

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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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