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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It's amazing if you like city life.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: I think Columbia College does a fantastic job at creating an inspiring and creative atmosphere for other designers and artists to bring their work to life. I do find the classrooms extremely boring! They are mostly white walls with no decor or pictures or artwork of any kind. I'd imagine they do this to create less distraction amongst the students but I find it a bit isolated and unimaginative. I believe a more vibrant atmosphere, the more students would pay attention.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school os located downtown Chicago, so it is very easy to find a nice place to study. There are always events going on around campus (music, performances, mixers, etc.) Lots of places to go hangout.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Very active. Everyone gets envolved.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Green space is world class. Grant Park, Chicago. Great inspiration especially for a student of Architecture. There are no athletic facilities.


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Columbia offers the latest and greatest facilities for dance, fashion, television, photography, radio, journalism, and theater. Not to mention the great classrooms, galleries, libraries, and so much more. The idea Columbia has is that they will provide state-of-the-art everything and top-notch facilities, only so students can have all the tools necessary to become the greatest versions of themselves.

Columbia has the largest film department in the world, with a wide range of equipment in animation, cinematography, and more. In terms of the music department, the Music Center facilities at 1014 South Michigan Avenue feature a 125-seat concert hall with first-rate digital sound-recording and amplification capabilities. The concert hall holds both student and guest recitals, which are open to the public.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1.2 million square feet
Student Centers
  • "The Court," 731 S. Plymouth Court
  • The Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave.
Popular Places to Chill
  • 600 S. Michigan Building, basement
  • Any Plum Café
  • Hoken Annex Café, 623 S. Wabash
Bar on Campus
  • Bar Louie is close and has $1 burgers every Tuesday night!
  • Hackney's is another great bar that is close to campus and a good place for students to drink.
Bowling on Campus
  • Inside the River East AMC Theater is a bowling alley on the second floor.
  • Lucky Strike Lanes, located by the House of Blues on the river.
  • There are no bowling alleys directly on campus, but hey, it's Chicago-you'll find one within five minutes of a train ride away if you Google it.
Coffeehouse on Campus
The following buildings have student cafés where coffee is served: 600 S. Michigan, 624 S. Michigan (the library), 623 S. Wabash, and 1104 S. Wabash. There are also coffee shops like Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, and Caribou Coffee on campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
The closest movie theater to Columbia's campus would be located in downtown Chicago (the River East AMC). There are two AMC theaters downtown, and plenty of lower-priced movie theaters all over the city, accessible by CTA.
"Green" Initiatives
The College recently started the initiative to have more environmentally-friendly toilets and lights. Other ongoing projects include retrofitting lights, recycling paper and trash, installing motion sensor lights in the appropriate spaces, and using green cleaning supplies from Ecolab.
School Slang
  • I'm not gonna lie.:
  • Peace and love.:
  • That's chill.:
  • Convocation: Convocation is how Columbia welcomes students to its unique creative environment. It is an annual event that features Columbia's president, a student services expo, and a catered party with live bands, performance art, spectacles, and more! Convocation highlights the talents of current students and alumni and is a mandatory event for all new freshmen!
  • Critical Encounters: Each academic year, Critical Encounters is a college-wide initiative intended to synchronize conversations around a central, socially, and culturally relevant issue. The purpose of Critical Encounters is to further enhance Columbia College's commitment to civic engagement by inviting students, faculty, and staff to explore and reflect upon the chosen issue. The hope is that students will better understand the impact of that issue in relation to their role as artists, communicators, and media makers, and as those who shape public perception and author the culture of their times.
  • Manifest: Manifest is Columbia College Chicago's urban arts festival that celebrates the next generation of artists and creative professionals. Each year, it attracts an audience of students, faculty, staff, parents, friends, alumni, patrons, donors, industry professionals, neighborhood residents, and the Chicago arts community. The festival is free and open to the public and features music, exhibitions, screenings, presentations, performances, and much more.
  • Parent Weekend: Parent Weekend is an opportunity for parents to participate in the educational and cultural life of Columbia, while getting a firsthand look at the student experience. Parents get to meet senior administrators, academic officers, faculty, and staff, and discover the many ways Columbia nurtures and supports the emerging young creative professional.
Favorite Things To Do
Going to a Cubs game, dance lessons, Tai chi, free yoga in Millennium Park, old movies shown in Grant Park, the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, a famous Chicago boat tour, South Beach, bike rides, Segway tours, the Art Institute, riding to the top of the Sears Tower, and so much, much more! These are just a few of Columbia students' favorite things to do in Chicago.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Columbia Chronicle
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Columbia College Chicago has many different student organizations involving the media, including everything from Acoustical Society of America to Television Arts Society.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • The film building at 1104 S. Wabash Ave., built in 1891, is a City of Chicago Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The College's Main Building, 600 S. Michigan Ave., was built in 1906-07 as the headquarters of the International Harvester Company.
  • The College library at 624 S. Michigan Ave. was built in 1908 to house the Chicago Musical College.

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 19% Go hangout downtown
  • 15% People watch
  • 9% Concerts
  • 9% Take Pictures Around Town and at The Beach
  • 8% Party
  • 8% See a theatrical performance
  • 7% Read a book in Grant Park
  • 6% Visit Wicker Park
  • 5% Make movies with my friends
  • 5% Watch a dance performance
  • 4% Catch a music recital
  • 2% Visit Linkin Park
  • 1% Eat in Lakeview
  • 1% Go see a comedy show
  • 1% Eat food
  • 1% Go out to eat
  • 1% Visit Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 1% Stay in the dorm and finish homework
  • 1% I'm not around campus unless I have to be
  • 1% Walk around the city

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 137 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 43 responses

  • 32% Manifest
  • 17% Convocation
  • 15% Big Mouth
  • 11% Cinema Slapdown
  • 7% Paint It Black
  • 7% WAC Crawl
  • 5% Acoustic Kitchen
  • 3% Parent Weekend
  • 3% CUMA 90's Showcase
  • 2% BSU Blackout
  • 0% Critical Encounters

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 62 responses

  • 48% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 45% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 3% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 3% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 129 responses

  • 40% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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