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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: To live in the South Loop is super expensive so if you are looking for a cheap apartment you're going to have to take a train or something to get to class.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We are in Chicago the food is so good everywhere do not hold back everything is so tasty.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Eh administration is often totally messy and hard to understand and get in contact with but I suppose they do care about the school and that matters a bunch.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to find parties, you can I guess. It's who you know, and we are in a city, so there are plenty. But really, you do have to know people in order to find out where.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not really too sure what it takes to get a good amount of money from the school, and the technical departments like that are always a mess.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: We are in the heart of Chicago, good food is everywhere. Open your mouth to all the possibilities.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm, it's got so many amenities, and is the easiest way to live in an apartment in the South Loop of Chicago.

1 College Freshman

Administration: they let anyone get away with anything

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's hard to meet people everyone is in cliques

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They don't give any money

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They don't do anything about problem roommates,and they don't put you with people you want to be with.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There was no greek life at Columbia

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Columbia is known for the arts,not for sports- therefore it did not have really any sports clubs that I was aware of- which for me was no problem, I was there for the education not for the sports- all the clubs they have make up for the lack of sports clubs.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: South loop is a good area, the only problem would be the cost- it is very expensive for student because of the locations, but that is what you are paying for. In the end, off campus housing ends up being cheaper then living on campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining was great! I always had many options to choose from when I needed to get food in my tummy!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I was very pleased with administration at Columbia!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It was okay. I was not reliable to receive financial aid because my parents made to much money which made it very difficult to pay for school, but we managed.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: On campus there was not many parties that I heard of, therefore I would have to say that the best "nightlife" was at local bars or clubs in the city.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: If you did not live in one of the buildings on campus there were still plenty of other places to choose from when it came t lunch time. We had many options!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I did not live on campus first hand, but I had many friends that did which I would go and visit from time to time and it was always a great time!

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: So, off campus housing is going to be whatever you make it to be. If you want a cheap place, you're gonna live south where the crime rate is through the roof and you can't be out past a certain time. You want a big spacious place, you'll move north where all the bars are and have to spend a lot more money. If you want to live near campus, you're in the Loop where you get a small place that isn't worth half of the rent money you're paying. But all of these options are cheaper than some of the dorms.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's okay, you choose a few favorites and eat there way too often.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: So they are fairly lenient for the most part, though they are ridiculously strict about visitors. However, my roommate last year had a stalker and we tried to get campus security to help escort her to class, security said they couldn't do that. I feel like a students safety should be top priority, also we weren't asking for them to escort her permanently. The stalker gave a specific date to when he was going to harm her. Guess it wasn't all campus security's fault, the police didn't want to do anything either.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've been helping some friends figure out financial aid and it was horrible. The office was grossly misinformed about the FASFA and gave my friend and I poor advice. I ended up calling the FASFA offices for them to tell me that my school basically was not telling the truth. Huge headache. One of the reasons I'm not using a FASFA for school.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It can be hard to find parties if you don't know the right people. Also they are either really small or so big they get shut down to quickly.

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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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