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Reviews 2103 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As an art school I must say that I went into it thinking that many of the standard core classes such as math and english were going to be a joke but thats not the case! Indeed the basic academics surpassed my expectations but even more surprising was that the art programs did as well. Going to a well acclaimed art school I had very high hopes for the opportunities I would get and as long as you are passionate at what you do, people here will take the time to acknowledge it :) The overall inspirational vibe of the school from not only my eager peers but also professors makes this a very inviting and self motivating atmosphere.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm really liking my school so far. I feel like I'm learning my craft from good people in a good environment

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Columbia College Chicago is a wonderful arts and design school located in Chicago. Their location is one of my favorite things about them: right in heart of beautiful downtown Chicago! Columbia College's students get to learn in the wonderful metropolitan environment of one of the best cities in the world. The teachers are dedicated, passionate, and want their students to succeed. Columbia students are friendly, welcoming, and all passionate about their various art forms and other interests. For anyone that is artistic and creative, this is the place to be.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would definitely choose Columbia College again if I had to do it all over. Columbia gives me the best of the best in class choices and Professors. Being in Chicago, the opportunities are endless in getting the experiences and contacts I will need for my chosen profession. I have met so many new and interesting people my first year and being diverse is one of the school's greatest assets. I not only would attend here again but I highly recommend it to anyone seriously interested in studying the arts.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Columbia has an amazing atmosphere and everyone is so talented and friendly. The more friends you make, the more creativity and ideas you surround yourself with. Def do not regret choosing Columbia.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Columbia's photography program is the best.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the students, everyone is so immersed in their art form that's its amazing. the networking possibilities are endless and the staff are very helpful when they want to be.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I actually don't have anything bad to say about Columbia. The atmosphere is fitting for an arts school and the faculty are there to help. THere are also many opportunities for students get a jump start in their field. My one complaint is the cost and the steady increase in tuition. Other than that, Columbia's a great choice for anyone looking for a change of pace in colleges.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love this school except for how expensive it is, I still owe quite a bit of money and I might kill myself just to escape the stress of paying for this school. Let them know.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The environment at my school is very friendly and there are a wide/vast amount of opportunities both on and off campus, and there are plenty of things to do between classes around town. The classes themselves are good, though some can be a bit uneccesary/irrelevant and not easily applicable to outside life

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Columbia is a great place to meet others to collaborate with on any type of creative project. Peers are always willing to help you out, and if you're willing to do the same, it's a great way to gain first-hand experience!

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's the perfect school for me. I came here with a purpose to learn about my field, and it does an excellent job with that. I know that when I graduate I will be prepared for the "real world" with the knowledge I learned from Columbia.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Not much of a community vibe that they try to convince you from the beginning

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not very organized, very diverse, great location.

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2 College Senior

Administration: sucking the money from you

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You're in the third largest city in the country, anything and everything is available.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I find it hard to find something within my budget.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Absolutely horrible. Still fighting with them for more money.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All of the housing in the Loop (area that the college is in) is way to expensive to live in. However commuting a little means amazing housing with reasonable prices. You just have to be careful what area you are in.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene at Columbia is almost non-existent, and the parties that are available and really bad. If you want to party it has to be away from Columbia.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I rarely if ever eat on campus, so I am always making my own food or going out. Being in the city there are endless options and the cta can get you anywhere.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It is annoying to have more than two guests in a dorm room at a time if they do not live in the building. Doing a couples night with my friends (who go to a different school) and my boyfriend was rough.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are many scholarship options, but the majority of them are for Juniors and Seniors only, which makes it difficult being a Freshman or Sophomore

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: On campus the food isn't that great, however being in Chicago means that there are great and amazing food options not that far away.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its alright living on Campus, however there could be changes made to the system to make it more livable. A change would be to allow freshman to chose their roommates.

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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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