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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: As any art school, it's very liberal with every ethnicity, sexual orientation, and culture. There are no challenges related to any of these topics since everyone is so different and no one has the want or need to judge anyone different from them.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: the diversity is great on campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Chicago is very liberal, so there isn't much diveristy there, but everyone is accepting of all the religious differences, LGBT differences, racial differences, and everything like that. it's very diverse & accepting in that aspect.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: A very diverse school... Culturally and sexually.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: All students and instructors I met so far are very tolerant and polite.

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Columbia College in Chicago has proven itself to be perhaps the most diverse college in the United States. Columbia encourages diversity, strives to avoid the "norm," and also celebrates and relishes in diversity in every class and each department. Columbia offers the following departments to promote diversity: African-American Cultural Affairs, Asian Cultural Affairs, Latino Cultural Affairs, LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community, International Programs, International Student Affairs, and Multicultural Student Affairs.

In terms of where students come from, 11,858 undergraduates and 606 graduate students come from 50 states and 41 foreign nations.

Facts & Statistics

African American
17%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
12%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
57%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
48%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 21%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
47%
Male Faculty
53%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 12%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Columbia has an LGBTQ organization that holds events in support of the queer community.
Political Activity
The Student Government Association of Columbia College Chicago represents the student voice and endeavors to construct a more perfect union. It serves as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, and administration in order to ensure the welfare of the College's unique and diverse art and communication community. Through leadership and strong representation, it strives to provide students with opportunities to grow academically, artistically, professionally, and personally.

Economic Status
Columbia's tuition is among the lowest of all private arts and media colleges in the nation.
Most Common Religions
Because Columbia's campus is in the heart of Chicago, you can literally walk three blocks and arrive at a Catholic Church, a Buddhist Temple, a Jewish Synagogue, or a place to pray. There are also several religious groups on campus that are very active in meeting and getting together. The religious organizations recruit the most heavily during the College's annual Convocation ceremony held in Grant Park at the very beginning of the semester.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Columbia College offers to all students a chance to be a part of groups and organizations that celebrate being part of an ethnic minority. Throughout the year, African American Cultural Affairs, Asian American Cultural Affairs, International Student Affairs, and Latino Cultural Affairs all thrive-through fundraisers, raising awareness, and having a gay ol' time celebrating who they are.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 119 responses

  • 18% Progressive/very liberal
  • 34% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 149 responses

  • 39% Progressive/very liberal
  • 34% Liberal
  • 6% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 152 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% Republican
  • 50% Democratic
  • 10% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 35% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 93% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 7% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 119 responses

  • 83% Very accepting.
  • 14% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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