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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Sexual Assault is not an issue.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: most classes and teachers were great, same with the students, but internal workings of the school seem to change from semester to semester and got really confusing.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great teachers, but internal school workings need some polishing.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't really get out much, but it's Chicago! There is so much to do around town.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene is great. Again, I don't get out much but events like Manifest are always great and I have never had a bad experience.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The academics offered at Columbia are great. It can be hard to get into classes at times and when that registration clock is ticking I make sure I sign up on the spot.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a good amount of diversity with everything and everyone I have seen at Columbia is very accepting.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not very visible at Columbia.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Taking courses at Columbia has been great. I'm a photo major and what I have found is that most of the photography courses have a small student body in each class which allows for more one-on-one time. I love that each professor I have had is also a working professional in the field. The best part of class is the critique night and being able to get that feedback from the professor and other classmates.

Other courses like art history will have a larger student body to fit in a room that is more like a lecture hall.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security on campus is friendly and they are always around. One thing that has always made me nervous, I always see emails about crimes that occur around campus. Most of the crimes occur around the redline and more than likely involve a cell phone being stolen.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are so many great things that Columbia has to offer. I really like that they have the portfolio center, you can set up a meeting and bring your portfolio in to be reviewed. Everyone is really friendly and helpful too. They will help assist you with getting a job you are looking for, review your resume, they are really there at any time to help you move forward.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Columbia has a special place in my heart. I choose this school because I feel like I'm fulfilling a life for myself and one that was lost. My cousin was enrolled to join Columbia years ago but died unexpectedly right after high school. I feel like I am seeing the world through his spirit, I'm also doing something none of my parents have ever done before by getting a degree. And this is for me. What makes Columbia unique is its spirit, its long standing history and it is a symbol of Chicago. Columbia is a part of Chicago and it thrives as a cultural icon, a culture of art. To do it all again, I would choose Columbia but I wish they would update their photography department print lab. I hear the Art Institute has a better lab there.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Columbia is amazing at teaching their students right off the bat to be independent and to work for where you want to be regarding your field. They care a lot about starting your career with confidence and knowledge. Being in a school in the city is one of the greatest things--there are so many things to do and experience.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They have good housing options but sometimes the roommate situation can be tricky.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't really have a Greek like.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Columbia is not too big on sports but they do have a few.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My professors are very interested in their filed and they love what they do! Whenever I need help they are there to guide me.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some of the best professors that I have ever had.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The job/internship is more important than the degree.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The faculty have shown me things that if I never would have if I never attended this institute.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Overall it is good but being in a big city it is difficult to keep everyone safe as the campus is exposed to the outside world.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The advisors don't really explain things clearly. I was unaware that I was able to take 16 credit hours for the same price as 12 credit hours the 3 semesters i was there.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There are no varsity sports everything is intramural and club sports but a lot of people support the teams.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: They are very hands on with each profession. Overall we are constantly busy with different projects and they have great sources to show their work to professionals who are looking to hire.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Its not the best school but teachers are very supporting, they'll help you in a lot if you ask for help. But they won't be looking for you you have to commit that you'll try as well and put in the effort. I would say for me in some cases school has been my comfort zone but as well it has been difficult but has taught me a lot and at the end I will thank my teachers for helping me and getting to success.

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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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