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  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 out of 79 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 1 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants a different type of college experience and to be emerged in other cultures and wants a hands on experience. Columbia is a great way to meet all kinds of people and network within the arts.

    Tips for prospective students

    On-campus housing is really over-priced and the security is ridiculous. If you can, try to find roommates and get a place off campus. Chances are, it'll be cheaper and nicer.

  • 12/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    56 out of 56 people found this review useful. 2 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for open minded individuals who love the arts and want to pursue a career in the art of your choosing. If you enjoy the fast life of the city and you enjoy the arts then this school is right for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely search for internships and other things to gain experience in your profession. This school wants you to get out there and make a name for yourself. Get out of your dorm room work hard and experience the city, the school, and just enjoy your time here. It is up to you if you want your name out there.

    Bang for the buck

    As for the education, you do really get the education you want for your money. The room and board is the only thing that is a bit expensive, but it is all understandable because of the campuses location being downtown. Those students who live on campus in the downtown loop are close to everything which makes it all worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being apart of Columbia. It is a wonderful place where beginning artists all around the world come to learn and hone their craft. The location of the campus is wonderful.

    Am learning a lot

    I learn from not only my professors but also the fellow students around me. The professors not only work for the school but also have careers in their fields within the city. They all encourage students to seek outside education and experience with their craft.

  • 05/30/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    39 out of 42 people found this review useful. 3 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are open-minded, adventurous and willing to go wherever their creative minds take them. Just a 3 hr tour of this school was enough to make me want to go home and pack my bags for college.

  • 08/04/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    38 out of 39 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 4 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artistic and who don't mind a school without sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get some kind of Chicago guide [like Not For Tourists] to make sure that what you like is around the school. Also, get a bike---WITH A GOOD LOCK! Bike thieves abound in Chicago and the only way to stop is to register your bike with the police when you get there and then keep is locked up. CCC has bike racks outside each building. Also, brush up on your traffic signals--bikes are subject to the same rules and regulations as cars.

    Bang for the buck

    For its facilities and housing, Columbia makes the mark! The tuition is fantastic, for 18,000 grand a year compared to my local art school at 31,000!

    Will enjoy being here

    CCC is in a great location, they are a train ride away from the upper town shopping, two streets away from the lake and the museums, and having nothing blocking the beautiful lake views. The students are nice and friendly.

    Will learn a lot

    Although the photography program seems a bit old school, they have great facilities, open, bright classrooms and teachers who seem willing to help us learn.

  • 10/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 out of 37 people found this review useful. 5 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you have an artistic and open mind. You have to be able to accept every kind of people for who they are and not judge. You won't fit in otherwise. It's such an inviting and accepting atmosphere; I have never found a more accepting place. You have to be willing to do the work and be passionate about what you are studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to make friends both in and outside of your major. Conferring with other students while doing homework and group study sessions are a great way to understand material and get homework done. Having these connections will not only help getting assignments done, but after you graduate these friends can help get you jobs in your field if you decide to go a more freelance route. Also, make sure to take advantage of Student Instruction sessions. In these, students who took the class previously go over the same material from a student perspective. Even if you understand everything the teacher said, it's still a great way to get a well-rounded understanding from the basics (and it forces you to study for the tests and quizzes). Go to the Harold Washington Library near the University Center and CVS. In my opinion, its nine floors are far superior to the school's library. As an added bonus the massive amounts of research material, there are movies and CDs you can check out on the ground level, sheet music and practice rooms on the 8th floor, and a beautiful lounge on the top level if you take the escalator toward the back of the building. It's a great place to study and use the free wifi. Oh, and did I meantion that you can check out the movies and sheet music free of charge with a library card! Just make sure to return them on time.

    Bang for the buck

    The school may seem expensive, but for the private setting and all the resources you have at your disposal, it is well worth it. Every upperclassman that I have talked to already has a job lined up before they graduate. Since the staff are not only educators, but also work in the career paths they preach about, they can use their connections to help their students get their own careers. With the economy the way it is, I would say that any school that practically guarantees employment immediately after graduation is well worth the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have hardly met anyone that I have not liked and could not see being friends with. I had no trouble making new friends within the first week. We hang out on an almost daily basis, and have not had a dull encounter yet. The staff are inviting, crazy in a good way, and passionate about their individual subject area. Whenever you run into one of them, he or she is happy to get to know you as you, not just as one of their students, but as a future colleague and friend. I am still getting used to calling them by their first name (which they all prefer) after calling all of my teachers in grade/high school by their Mr. and Mrs. titles.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are challenging in a great way. The staff are more than willing to explain complicated concepts in many different ways until students tell them they understand.

  • 12/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 6 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Columbia is great for students who love to express themselves creatively and are passionate about their art form but do not necessarily need the strong academic component offered in the more traditional college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    On-campus housing is very expensive and not really worth it. No strong community is created in the dorms and I find that you will not really get to know that many more people that way. Prospective students need to understand that while Columbia is an art school, classes still require a lot of time and energy. Students should not simply choose Columbia because they think that it is going to be easy.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia may seem expensive but the cost is fairly reasonable when compared to other art schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am surrounded by people who are passionate about the art that they are producing. Being in the city of Chicago provides many additional opportunities see shows and get involved in work that is happening outside of Columbia.

    Am learning a lot

    At Columbia you are learning from teachers who are working professionals immersed in the fields that they are teaching. Classes are kept small and students immediately begin developing work.

  • 07/01/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    15 out of 21 people found this review useful. 7 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artisic students :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! Chicago is a beautiful city and hopefully you will love it. I am from the country and I can't wait to go to college in the big city to learn about art!

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    13 out of 19 people found this review useful. 8 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    artistic, driven, passionate, confident

    Tips for prospective students

    Immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere. Take chances. Do things you've never done before. Be passionate about your art.

  • 05/21/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 9 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love to expand your horizons and art, Then this school is for you.

    Will enjoy being here

    One of the great things about Columbia is that it is located in the city of Chicago. There are so many thing to do in Chicago, that you will never get bored.

    Will learn a lot

    Not only did I learn stuff from the faculty that work there, but also the students. This college goes through the basics of helping you develop a career in the arts.

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 10 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    misfits, artsy kids, really everyone :D

    Tips for prospective students

    Work really hard. I know thats cliche but its for real.

    Bang for the buck

    Your first year you start off in classes in your major. Although it is expensive, you really do get what you pay for.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is so fun, and creative that it is almost impossible not to make friends.

    Am learning a lot

    The majority of my classes are filled with information, and have really helped me grow not only as a student but as a person.

  • 01/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 11 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for film, art, photography, fashion, and dancers looking to go into a modern company.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can handle the big city if you've never lived in a major city before. Prepare for the cold weather! If you can get a scholarship, it will help, because the housing can get expensive and just overall the city can be a little pricey.

    Bang for the buck

    You're paying for the city/environment and the education. The teachers know what they're teaching and what you learn you helps you in the city. They buildings are nice and every month they have events for the students to participate in. The cafeteria can start to feel kinda of like a flashback into high school at the University Center, which can get annoying.

    Am enjoying being here

    The dance program isn't for the aspiring commercial dancer or for the dancer that has a STRONG wanting to develop and become technically better. They let people whom have never danced come into the program, so being in the dance classes can get a little frustrating. Their dance program is modern based so if you're looking to go into a modern company this is for you. Though you meet a lot of new people and great friends that will support you and encourage you to be you. But most of the time you get people who aren't willing to get better. You kinda question yourself, if you're making the right decision, considering you get the people in class who don't put in enough effort (they slack)

    Am learning a lot

    They offer a variety of classes which gives you plenty of opportunities to explore what you want to pursue. Being in the city also helps you apply what you learn to your everyday life. The teachers let you express what you want to but in the criteria they give you.

  • 04/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 12 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, independent, hipster, urban, people who aren't traditional learners, fashionable, different, edgy

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are serious about the career you intend to pursue. At Columbia the courses are very major-oriented and are difficult to transfer to other major programs.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is an extremely expensive school. But they do a great job of trying to help their students from work upon graduation. They do this by mandatory internships, counseling, etc. I have one more year until I graduate so I'm not sure if my investment has paid off yet. But I have high hopes that Columbia will take care of me!

    Am enjoying being here

    Columbia is far from a dull college. There are always enjoyable events going on and the classes are full of excitement everyday including guest speakers, field trips, and unexpected ways of learning.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much during the past 3 years at Columbia. The hands on experience instructed by professors who work in your field of work is absolutely amazing. You will not find a better college for hands on learners,

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 13 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artists: journalist, photographers, graphic designers, fashionistas, film producers, dancers, actors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Love the city and it will love you in return.

    Bang for the buck

    The people you meet, the creative ideas you're exposed to, and the exciting city life and sights is worth every penny and drop of sweat.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's in the city of Chicago so what's not to love? There is always something happening and something to do. The other day I attended a college sponsored comedy show and another day, a free screening of a movie from the Invisible Children activist group. I have listened to writers of creative nonfiction speak and even took a picture of S.L Weisenberg, author of Cancer B****.

    Am learning a lot

    I've only been here for one semester and I have met many inspiring guest speakers including Lou Carlozo, a former Chicago Tribune writer turned- managing editor of WalletPop. Then there was Steve Franklin from the ethnic news media. Besides learning real world experiences from humorous and helpful teachers and speakers, I have learned to pursue my passion and make connections NOW. I walk out of every one of my classes feeling inspired and refreshed.

  • 10/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 14 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are any of the following, out-going, talented, artsy, and/or opinionated, you will love this school because you will fit in GREAT!

    Tips for prospective students

    Have extra copies of EVERYTHING! i.e. shot records, tax papers…. literally everything, they tend to get lost in process a lot.

    Bang for the buck

    If you use all of the resources available to you (which you are paying for in your tuition) then your bang for the buck will be fabulous but if your like most of us students who don't realize everything that's out there, then you won't. It's really YOUR choice!

    Am enjoying being here

    The city is great! There are many clubs and organizations to choose from to stay involved. This is Chicago, you'll find something to do!

    Am learning a lot

    I love the professor's here, they make sure in our required courses to tell us how the information we are learning in there will help us in the future. They are all very experienced in the area's in which they teach!

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 15 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's always safe at the dorms . The campus security is always watching out for us and telling you how to survive in the streets of Chicago and the best ways to stay safe .

    Great for these types of students

    Dancers have the advantage of going to the Dance Center to dance for fun after classes whenever ! And for all the Vocal Performance Majors , they have the Music Center that stays open so that you can sing all night if you want to or record as long as you want to. Film and Photography Majors have Chicago as their playground so they can get as much work done as needed!

    What to do for fun

    It is ALWAYS something to do in all of the dorms. I usually go to my friends room, go to the gym, go to the music room, play pool, watch movies in the multimedia room and many other things . you can always do things there.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great here , especially around the holidays . But you know what they say ! ain't nothing like grandmothers cooking ! They give you a nice time frame to get something to eat and also they give you flex dollars for after hours when you want a late night snack and when you don't have any more flex, you can go downstairs to the 7 eleven to get a snack .

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are THE BEST THING EVER!!! They make room for networking and they have a lot of things you can do for fun. They have four different dorms ; 2east eighth , The Dwight , The Buckingham, and the University Center. The University Center is my FAVORITE because of the diversity and the leniency they have as far as the policies. They allow you to sign in Four guests and As long as you are with them you wont get in trouble . They are so diverse ! 4 different schools live there and it's amazing to not be around the same people all of the time . They have a place where you can practice music, work out , dance , do homework , watch movies and everything . it's awesome !

    Academic Rigor

    As far as academics Columbia takes it seriously. If you have any trouble understanding any work even the teachers who are not your assigned teacher will do their best to make sure that you get all your questions answered. They are really concerned about your future. Also, the classes are not as big as the average University , there are about 15 to 30 students in each classroom setting and it makes you feel more comfortable to ask questions to get a better understanding of things. I really appreciate that !

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on coming to Columbia , be ready to get your eyes opened to more ways to view things and different ways to get people to know who you are and what you do. It has a lot of networking going on in this environment so it is very easy to find people who is really passionate about doing things that you are passionate about and being open to new things. You wont be disappointed !

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago was more than just a great experience for me. I can't even explain how diverse the people are there as far as talent and culture . They really give you a lot of space to embrace who you are and they support you in any way possible !

  • 01/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 11 people found this review useful. 3 people found this inaccurate. 16 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who don't care about academics and just want conncetions. You'll get connections here, but don't expect your butt will get kicked too hard the first semester. If you want to shell out money for easy classes, go ahead.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come here, you are going to have to challenge yourself since the challenge won't come from the classrooms. Don't take honors writing and rhetoric 1 unless you want a crap full of political opinions from the teacher and no real writing learning involved. First year seminar is a joke and should not be considered anything close to a college class.

    Bang for the buck

    It feels like high school at times. Because they have a generous admissions policy, you will have students in your classroom who did not push themselves in high school and expect the hard work fairy to get them to succeed at college. Therefore, at times the teacher will teach at the level of the weakest student. Not to mention that scholarships are very scarce since they only have 60 scholarships total for a student base of 12,500 students. Think twice about giving your money to this college.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chicago is amazing and the school has a lot to offer. They are all about connections. But one thing to be aware of is that you may have connections, but if the quality of your training and skills are not being challenged, then is it worth shelling out your money?

    Am learning a lot

    You may be learning a lot, but it might not be challenging. It depends on the field, but if you are a classically trained musician, you won't find this modern school to challenge you, at least not in the first semester. 20 grand down the tube right there.

  • 10/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 people found this inaccurate. 17 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I am wasting a lot of money and time here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I feel very trapped. There isn't much of the advertised social network in on campus, let alone anything to do in the area. For someone new to Chicago, this area is worthless.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot about my darkroom work, but my current teachers could care less about the material I am shooting. I'm working for a photo major, and they only care about print quality, while restricting everything else that I do. You will be schooled into shooting with one camera, one lens, one type of film, one type of paper. They put me in a lower class simply because I didn't have much darkroom experience, but I know my shooting quality is good.

  • 01/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those looking for a career in the arts should be sure to check out the school. You are surrounded by people who love what you love, and your in a great city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Columbia has great benefits, and offers great opportunities performance wise. When you come here though, you get out of it what you put in. A private institution is not cheap, so take full advantages of the resources they offer. Push to be challenged!

    Bang for the buck

    I have been in two shows here, so far, and they have really helped me to grow, and I've loved them. The only problem is, academically, they school could be much more challenging. The school defiantly has its pros and cons. You can get the bang for you buck, if you are sure to help put in that bang.

    Am enjoying being here

    Columbia is a great school for my intended major. They offer a lot of audition opportunities for shows, and Chicago, in general, is just a great place for the arts.

    Am learning a lot

    At my school, Columbia College Chicago, you have to put a lot of effort into your work in order to grow and be challenged. If you wanted, you could breeze by and pass your classes without really learning, while still spending a good amount of money.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Getting in isn't hard. It's the staying in that's hard. CCC's drop out rate is pretty big, but as long as you're dedicated you can make it! Know what you're into before going in. Being willing to stretch and grow as an artist is great and all, but if you're going into the liberal arts you at least need the bare bones of a game plan, even if you're willing to be flexible. The school is non-traditional so the chances of people laying out the perfect plan for you are slim to none.

    Bang for the buck

    Going back the will learn a lot, considering you may end up teaching yourself more than anything, is the cost of private school in Chicago worth a mere starting point in the career you want to choose? I s'pose it depends on the department you're interested in.

    Will enjoy being here

    Visiting the campus was amazing. It's a sprawling campus down town, need I say more? Many departments are in completely separate buildings on completely different blocks, and each place has its own sort of vibe to it. What's not to enjoy about the windy city, after all?

    Will learn a lot

    Several of my friends who went here later complained that there was little to no teaching, rather you're doing it all yourself, in certain departments anyway. There's nothing wrong with learning on your own, of course.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Look, it's an urban campus. You can't go waltzing around in your bathrobe to get beer at 10 at night, because you're likely to get robbed. Just act like an adult and get yourself together, and don't ride the Red Line on holidays. You'll be fine.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent. The party scene is freaky, but we don't have sororities or frats.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not a huge part of clubs on campus, but most of them are kinda quirky and active. For example, there's a Doctor Who club who sells pastries in my building every first Tuesday of the month, and then they just get together to watch new episodes and geek out together. Clubs aren't in your face, but they're not invisible, either. It's a nice balance.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, driven, and passionate about what you want to do with your life. Seriously, don't waste your tuition dollars if you're wishy washy. Know what you want to do with your life, have passion, and then come, because you'll meet some great people who can help you get to where you need to go.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Columbia has this crazy diverse culture, so you can find just about anyone from any walk of life anywhere on campus. I have met people from just about every country/state, every skin color, and every economic background. Diversity is a huge thing about Columbia. Also, the gay culture is huge, and they all band together for Halloween and do these parades. They're a little overbearing, but Halloween is fun at Columbia.

    Bang for the buck

    Okay, Columbia is crazy expensive. They stick you on fees, and the books are crazy expensive. But if you're smart, there are ways to just pay tuition and get a really great education. The Upass, which is included in your tuition, is SUPER awesome, because you can get anywhere within the limits of the CTA for FREE. And the classes, while a pain to schedule, are really pretty content heavy and worthwhile.

    What to do for fun

    Columbia has a major drinking/party scene, but there are ways around that if you have a more delicate constitution. There are events almost every night, including big ones like the open mics and the Art Crawl. Popular ones are the Cinema Slapdown, where scary film buffs get together and debate a film to pieces. There are big parties like the Blood Ball, and the Creepy Coming Out Ball on Halloween, and Manifest at the end of the year. No one can say there's nothing to do at Columbia.

    Food and Dining

    I never had a meal plan-- there are kitchens in most dorms, and I'm a vegetarian foodie-- but I've heard that the dining is pretty good. Also expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Columbia suck. Not the buildings-- no, the buildings are fine, especially since you pay an average of $5,000 a semester to live in them. No, the roommate roulette is the sticker. I had 10 different roommates my first year, and I was the only one that stayed. I made some good friends, but sharing an apartment with four other people you barely know is really difficult. Get a roommate and get an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    The core classes tend to be pretty easy unless you pick the oddball ones, like the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict (which is really work-intensive) or Personal Wellness (which is just wicked difficult). The major classes, however, suck up your life and can be pretty thought-provoking. Be prepared for late nights, especially if you're a dance, fashion, or journalism major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make SURE you know what you want to do before you apply. A lot of kids come, decide they want to switch majors after their first semester, and drop out; if you're not beyond dedicated and okay with being poor for the rest of your life, Columbia is probably not for you. Other than that, please come, because you will spend every waking moment doing the work for the major you love, plus you get to meet some pretty awesome people.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a really distinct, vibrant, colorful, diverse atmosphere with a pinch of eccentric. The academics are great, but the social scene is really odd and difficult to fall into. Once you find the right friends-- typically other people in your department-- the school really comes together and fits you like a glove.

  • 05/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Take charge. Columbia's administration has cracks that it can be simple to get lost in, so you have to make sure that they don't forget about you.

    Am enjoying being here

    The lack of social activities planned with suburban commuter students in mind has left me (90 minutes one way) feeling that something is missing from my college experience, but my classes, instructors, and fellow students have all made most of the time I do spend on campus enjoyable and entertaining.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of interesting classes that are created with artists in mind, and many of Columbia's departments just restructured their B.A. degrees in such a way that students now have more opportunities to take some of those classes as electives.

  • 06/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    For a private college, the tuition is quite reasonable considering all that is offered. Chicago is readily available and their are internships and other opportunities.

    Will enjoy being here

    The opportunities are endless and the campus is very exciting :D

    Will learn a lot

    The liberal arts courses are integrated very nicely into the arts programs.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is a convocation that Columbia holds at the very first week before school that helps to illustrate the different clubs and activities you can join during the school years. This event is usually filled with newcomers, but old students are more than welcome to join this event. It's free and comes with free prizes and food.

    What to do for fun

    Columbia hosts many fun events where you have the ability to meet new people and potentially become interested in joining certain clubs as well. Other than that, Columbia is located in the heart of Chicago, therefore there are many venues, diners, and spots to check out.

    Food and Dining

    I have never had a meal plan before, but I have tried the cafeteria food and it's actually really good. Some stuff may be potentially considered cafeteria food, meaning not great quality, but the Columbia dining is actually legit and is very clean.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm at Columbia has its own personality to it. I have only lived in the one of their oldest dorm buildings. As I did not like the decor or the cleanliness of the apartment, I did enjoy the company of my fellow classmates, as well as my building not being so strict as other dorm buildings. I would recommend living in the dorms your first or second year of college because its a great way of meeting new friends and getting to know your fellow classmates.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the class work assigned are about discovering your inner creativity and what you are capable of doing. The teachers here are very unique and have different but fun ways to learn. Although on the other hand, in some of my classes I feel as if we are not learning anything, because of some assignments and lectures taught in the class has nothing to do with the course. However, I rate this school pretty good because I have learned so much about what I love to do and what I do not love to do just in a year.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should be very open-minded about the school and your classmates. Columbia College is not about just creativity but also diversity.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College is a creative and very interactive kind of school. It has allowed me to discover my creativity and what I am really passionate about. The teachers and students really made a great impact on me.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never encountered anything even remotely dangerous or scary on campus. The security guards in the buildings are 24 hours, and the campus security patrols around all night in their SUV's and in the summer time, their segways.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life, which in my mind is an A+++.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 1001 clubs at Columbia: the Whovians, the SciFi movie club, the basketball, ultimate frisbee, and baseball clubs, Latino Alliance, Free the Slaves, Second City, etc. If you've got a hobby, they've got a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are outgoing, you love networking, and collaborating on ideas and artwork, this is the school for you. If you are shy, but you would like to network and collaborate, I guarantee there are other shy individuals here too that would love to work with you. Columbia is for those who can keep an open mind and not be afraid to create change.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Convocation and the Hell Yeah Liturgy, the Blood Ball, the 24 Hour Party Nights, Manifest, Big Mouth, and more.

    Bang for the buck

    I was considering staying home in New York and attending NYU for film, but I went with my gut and came to Columbia Chicago, and I never doubt that I made the right choice. In less than a year this school has not only given me increased skill and knowledge that I can apply to my every day work, but they have also opened up career and networking opportunities that I never would have gotten in NYC. Columbia is not about isolating who is the most talented, but rather building a creative posse that you will grow in your talents with simultaneously, who you know you can count on for the rest of your working career, and that is true collaboration in art.

    What to do for fun

    Its Chicago, what cant you do for fun? There are tons of on campus clubs, not to mention the nightlife clubs, free art shows, free galas, free concerts, free movie screenings, free ice skating in the winter, etc. We like free.

    Food and Dining

    Chicago food goes beyond the deep dish pizza and hot dogs. Columbia is centered in the Loop, surrounded by every type of cuisine from any culture you could think of. Thankfully, there is also a gym to work it all off in.

    Dorm Life

    Columbia dorms are modeled after loft style apartments, including kitchens, flat screen TV's, gyms, and other goodies. You get the privileges of living in your own apartment, without the hassle of the tiny cubicle dorm life, but are still connected to your community, your neighbors, and your RA's. Not to mention you can roll out of bed five minutes before class and still make it in time.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not believe any reviews about this school being full of Easy A's, ESPECIALLY if your'e a film or theatre major, you've got your work cut out for you. There is always enough work to keep me busy, but I have never found myself under unbearable pressure, and even if I do, I know that there is someone around willing to lend an ear, like the on-campus counselors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, and don't be deterred by the art school exclusive labeling. Columbia is a college for the public, not just painters and fashion designers. If you dont know what your major is yet, there is time to find out.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College is absolutely the best school I could have possibly chosen for enhancing my career. Everyone at this school, whether student or staff, is unquestionably passionate and dedicated to their craft, and always willing to offer a helping hand. This is more than a school, but a community of artists.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Just come in with an open mind and everything will be fine.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is really fun to be here and the people make it more fun.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much that i wanted to learn of the arts.

  • 02/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    Art students of all kind

    Tips for prospective students

    if you love the arts columbia is definitely a top contender for you

    Bang for the buck

    the only thing I hate about Columbia is the cost of tuition and also the fact that they are going up next year. I love the school but it is really expensive

    Am enjoying being here

    The columbia atmosphere is original and real hard to get in other schools. It is a unique school and if you want the total Art school/college experience..go here!

    Am learning a lot

    Columbia has an amazing learning experience. I've only been here for a semester and I've already learned a great deal of things and I love it.

  • 03/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 178

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone driven and motivated about having a career in the arts!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live what you love! If you are passionate about what you want to do with your life and Columbia offers a program that suits you definitely check it out! On-campus housing is very expensive, so I would suggest trying to find a place off campus with some friends, use the Columbia facebook app to find people you are compatible with!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little bit expensive, but most colleges are these days and you are paying for an invaluable experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is right in the heart of the South Loop, perfect for anyone who loves to live in the city!

    Am learning a lot

    As long as you immerse yourself in a field you are passionate about, you are sure to learn a lot

  • 05/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    People who love the city life, artists, writers, people who like to get hands-on experience in their perspective field, people who are ambitious

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest obstacle is the price so look anywhere you can to save money and apply for as much financial aid and as many scholarships as you can.

    Bang for the buck

    I will admit that, while amazing, Columbia is rather expensive. In my opinion, the wonderful experience I am having is worth the high tuition. It's all about where to find the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this school! There are so many great aspects such as the professors, the other students, the facilities, and the beautiful city of Chicago. It is so great to be immersed in a big-city culture and constantly be surrounded by the arts.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here all have a lot of real-world experience in their particular fields which means they always come to class prepared with many helpful stories and tips for their students.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are artistic and stand out from others, this is definitely the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not focus on the money so much. Take advantage of everything Columbia has to offer. You will miss out if you don't!

    Bang for the buck

    Even though the cost to attend is jaw-dropping, you really get what you pay for. Your experience at Columbia will definitely be one that you won't forget. You get so much on campus such as opportunities and the portfolio studio.

    Am enjoying being here

    People around are all VERY nice. Everyone will talk to each other no matter what you're studying. Everyone is always willing to help out and there is always a fun event to attend.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class that I have taken so far has been really helpful. Most of the material can be used later in your chosen career path. Teachers are doing what they are teaching, so It makes them stand out among other college professors. The professors are passionate about what they are teaching, so it makes you excited to learn.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 30 of 178

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    Will learn a lot

    If you are going for a specific career and willing to learn about other things, then this is the place for you.

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, creative, intelligent, musicians, photographers,

    Tips for prospective students

    Check that this school has the right degrees and courses you want.

    Bang for the buck

    They offer a lot of scholarships for anyone! (Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors.)

    Will enjoy being here

    It's in Chicago, Illinois in an inspiring environment. There are a lot of places to eplore around the school. Dorms are modern and offer many resources.

  • 06/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 178

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    Tips for prospective students

    apply early for the scholarships and get the FASFA in January 1st!

    Bang for the buck

    Great school, but slightly a steep price :/

    Will enjoy being here

    AMAZING!! down town Chicago and some of the best campuses I have ever seen!

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 33 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    Creative students, involved students, students involved in the arts, students who want the city life, driven students, and students who want to create.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is so current and so in tune to their students, I don't know who wouldn't want to go here! If you are even considering this school you should visit the campus because that will make you want to go for sure.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am so excited that I am going to get to live in Chicago! Chicago has so much to offer and it is so up and coming in the creative world; it is the perfect place for a school like Columbia to be.

  • 10/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    Open minded and thought wielding students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use Rate My Professor! Seriously, it can make a huge difference in your class decisions.

    Bang for the buck

    I do feel like the school is a too expensive. Rising tuition is ridiculous. People get out of college and are already down $30,000 or more. It is difficult to come back from that. While I like the school a lot and I am learning every day, it is very expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    Columbia is definitely a fun school. There are many activities that give students opportunities to work with one another. It does get a little cheesy at times, but you learn to love it. Besides, this is a great city! Chicago has cool people, food, and sites to see.

    Am learning a lot

    The first year things started off a little slow. All of the classes were very simple, but as sophomore year started, I noticed everything gradually becoming more of a challenge. Through those challenges I have learned a lot.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 178

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with your college friends at any number of the events that are sponsored by the school. Since is it an arts & entertainment mega school there is always some sort of event to attend. Get involved!

    Food and Dining

    Again, I am a commuter so I don't experience the 'dorm food', however, I thoroughly enjoy having my pick of numerous dining experiences in the area. Again, a benefit of having a college campus within a city.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot comment on the dorm life since I am a commuter, however, I do have many friends that live 'on campus' and the dorm life is quite comfortable and very appealing.

    Academic Rigor

    I give the academic rigor a 4 star rating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get acquainted with the 'neighborhood' campus and make sure this is the type of college experience you want. There are a lot of things to do while in the city, just not maybe the typical 'closed' college campus experiences.

    In three sentences

    My experience over the past year has been very positive and I am 100% positive that I selected the perfect match for my college career. There are very few colleges that specialize in such a diversified education. I must say that even the general education classes are interesting and who wouldn't enjoy having Grant Park as their quad!

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 36 of 178

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    Bang for the buck

    When you come to Columbia college you will instantly feel connected to everyone. the school has a great vibe and every body is so different its amazing!

    What to do for fun

    Fun! Is literally every where, theirs multiple events that go on every day at Columbia such as: sports,musical performances,theatre performances,dancing, many clubs to join and you could be all part of it,even get free food!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great depending from where you get it from.You would have a large verity to select what ever your heart desires, since you would be in the of downtown Chicago.Theirs also different ways to get food by getting a meal plan or just simply cooking your own food at your dorm, since you would be given the equipment to cook a meal.

    Dorm Life

    The Dwight Lofts is nothing like the ordinary dorms that people are use to.This is a luxurious way to live the College life.Meeting new people is one of the best things about living in a dorm.When you wake up in the morning to a beautiful view of the city of Chicago.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be stretched to do things your not normally use to. Its a hard process but its a great journey to take in. The work that you do at Columbia College will define who you are. This is the place where your enlightenment is brought out from within.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best thing to do is communicate with people,networking being connected to your fellow peers, maybe one day meeting that person will make a good impact to your future towards success.

    In three sentences

    The most diverse college in the united states.Columbia is the place to make a difference in yourself and also the world around you. Here at Columbia College Chicago you live what you love.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 178

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    What to do for fun

    There's always so much to do in the city year-round! Literally, you can walk outside and there's something going on. There so many cool areas to explore and so many things to try.

    Food and Dining

    For cafeteria food, it's not that bad. But for the amount of money you're paying for it, it could be better.

    Dorm Life

    I think it's great! The rooms really aren't like your typical dorms. They're really big (for college dorm standards) and nice. There's also a lot of activities within the dorm building as well, so it's easy to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Columbia's not what you'd expect from your typical arts school. The teachers and advisors do challenge you and push you, mainly because they can see what you are capable of and what you can accomplish. But it's all a matter of determination and focus.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd apply as early as possible. The earlier you apply, the sooner you'll know if you got in. Also, there's a greater chance that you'll get your ideal living space (if you're staying on campus) when you apply for that as early as possible.

    In three sentences

    It's a really great school. The teachers here know what they're doing and there's always help if you need it. Also, it's in one of the greatest cities in the country, too!

  • 05/13/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 178

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    Bang for the buck

    Compared to the other college tuitions Columbia's seems relatively low especially considering its reputation.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love Chicago, so since the campus is right in the city I expect I will have a great time while there. Also the people that I met at the school were really friendly so making friends shouldn't be a problem.

    Will learn a lot

    With the visits and conversations I've had with current students I believe I will learn more than enough in my area of study in order to be successful in Directing.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone who is artistic and is truly inspired to create unique work. It is great for artists who want to learn from fantastic professionals in the field who bring that experience to the class room. Great for artists who want personal attention in small class sizes and great outside e-mail communication.

    Tips for prospective students

    Columbia is fairly unorganized - so dealing with documents will be difficult a lot of the time, but after you are in the system they are a lot better at dealing with you. I also advise avoiding the dorms if at all possible. They are all pretty nice - I lived at Dwight Lofts which was really nice. It is however, EXTREMELY expensive. I recommend looking into other living situations in the city and other student housing places.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an expensive private arts' college - that is probably the biggest issue most have while attending. Many of us (myself included) really can't afford it, but the school offers great opportunities for work and scholarships. Most people who stay after their first year are the folks who had a great experience who would say it's worth the money. So many people dropout during/after their first year due to economical/personal reasons. The creative people who stay and persevere - will all tell you this school is very much worth how much you have to pay for it. Even if it means a lot of debt - I feel I get to learn from the best and have great resources to use at Columbia.

    Am enjoying being here

    Living in downtown Chicago what is not to love? The campus is spread out downtown in various buildings. I find living in such a culturally exploding city like Chicago to be really artistically stimulating. Columbia is a place I have found real inspiration at. If you really enjoy doing art (in whatever specific craft/medium you possess) this school does their best to inspire and give you the room and freedom to express yourself in your own unique way. They advertise that - but I'm here to say I believe that is honestly true. They give you opportunities to express yourself creatively even within academic GE classes. Columbia is unique that way.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm a music major and I have nothing but praise and great words about the faculty in the music department. This is no doubt a great institution to get a great music education from. What probably makes Columbia so special compared to other schools is that the professors are all currently working in their respective fields in addition to their jobs as educators. So they really can bring all their professional experience to the table. I also feel I really have access to my professors - every professor I've had is GREAT at getting right back to me via email when I have any questions. The class sizes are pretty small (20 or less in most situations) which is also really nice. I have attended Columbia for one year, going back for my second year, and just with one year of classes there I have already seen my musical knowledge and inspiration sky rocket after just two semesters.

  • 07/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded creatives who just want to get out of their small suburban town.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep Columbia in one of your options, and make the best of what you can while you attend here! Take all opportunities to network and get involved! Don't just call it a day after your classes, join an organization and you'll find going to college worth your time as you make friends effortlessly. Don't be afraid to travel outside your major to make friends... You'll surprise yourself with who you may meet and what they can offer you! Explore Chicago with friends and you'll find small treasures!

    Bang for the buck

    Facilities are definitely here for students to use during their free time and there is definitely a lot of help if you have questions or need help. They have print shops, screen printing facilities, wood working facilities. They also have shops that sell materials you may need. Don't forget to utilize the FREE scrap wood bin from the wood shop if you ever need any!

    Am enjoying being here

    Columbia is definitely a big and different crowd. Unlike most colleges, Columbia's campus is downtown Chicago. Whether you're in the dorms or off campus, you'll benefit from making friends, and you'll make some good friends at that. There are many opportunities to get involved and many opportunities to talk to professionals who are booked to visit Columbia. Keep your eyes open, you never know who'll stop by.

    Am learning a lot

    One thing to keep in mind while attending Columbia is that most of your professors are professionals and have another work life besides teaching. You're essentially learning from a professional! They will challenge you and push you, and if you're down for that that's good. You may also encounter a lot of help from your peers while you're working in the lab or on campus, take all the help and critique you can.

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for creative go-getter's!

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions and put yourself out there! The current students and faculty are there for you and really do put you first.

    Bang for the buck

    At Columbia College Chicago you are getting the very best education has to offer, while cost of living is expensive realise it's in the city and the prices based on that are fairly low! My favorite part is still all the fun little things you get, such as free sketch book and the added personal detail they give to each individual student.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is literately the entire South Loop of Chicago! There is always something to do and it's always exciting. Despite being a big city, everywhere you go the people are kind and courteous.

    Will learn a lot

    Columbia offers a wide range of knowledge with each major/minor! The professors are directly involved with what they teach and provide the knowledge and all around know-how needed to succeed with your major!

  • 11/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 178

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    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, creative, believe in something different, encouraging environment, and finding people weird as you are but in a good way. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips I have is remember that this is an art school or offically liberal arts college as they call it. I have heard alot of people complain that we are not like regular schools with football games and parties everyday (even though your in the middle of downtown Chicago and you can just go to other college parties in the area so it really makes no difference!) and that we have no mascot or school colors but thats part of the deal and I like it. Now the idea of going to another regular school seems boring stuck in one little piece of grass called campus? not for me. The city is at your finger tips. Have fun. But also dont expect to goof off they are serious about your work so if your a slacker this school isn't for you. (Also have a little common sense also, I used to live in Arkansas but it doesnt take a dummy to have street smarts so be smart please and do not leave your drinks alone at bars!!!! Terrible!!!! Happened to girl across the hall so be on your toes in the street)

    Bang for the buck

    The only complaint i have about this school is price but considering how nice our rooms are and what you get I guess it balances out but they could still do better on the price no one is rich here!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love columbia's location, right in the loop so it like living the dream early. Your own apartment right in the middle of what's happening.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much compared to high school its amazing, and all my teachers and classes are interesting which is a plus.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 178

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    Campus Safety

    While Columbia College makes a great effort to update it's students via email about updated security, helpful safety tips, and recent incidences; it is located in a metropolitan area. It's location downtown provides well lit streets, but it also includes a slew of homeless people.

    Greek Life

    There are no Fraternities or Sororities at Columbia College.

    Clubs and Activities

    Columbia College takes great pride in it's support for student organized clubs as well as school funded activities. Nearly every department has some extracurricular groups to help bring students together and involved in the school and community.

    Great for these types of students

    Love art? no interest in the typical state college experience? Columbia will love you with open arms! Columbia will immediately immerse you on you major to help allow you to quickly decide if this is the place or major for you. The city itself, Chicago, will help you adjust to real world scenarios and make you a more confident person no matter where life decides to take you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manifest is an end-of-the-school-year tradition where any graduating senior gets the chance to present their work to the world. Columbia College takes over downtown Chicago and opens it's door to the public. This helps students show their work, network, and jump start their careers.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is incredibly overpriced, but that's how most liberal arts schools are.

    What to do for fun

    It's Chicago! Just about every weekend there is a show, play, concert or festival involving art and the vast, diverse population of this city. Also, being a student at Columbia equals cheap transit passes and student discounts for so many events.

    Food and Dining

    Chicago is America's food capitol! Enjoy! ... Columbia's meal plan is overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    While the dorms are visually appealing with it's Post-Modern design; they are rather expensive. It's a great way for first year or transfer students to meet others outside their department or in general. Also, if you are a transfer student, such as myself, they provide dorms that require you to be 20 or older and floors specifically for students 21 or older. This allows older or more mature students to not live with or be treated like children.

    Academic Rigor

    I give this area a three only because the general academics are known as a joke around campus and amongst other schools. Since Columbia is an liberal arts school, the emphasis isn't exactly on General Education Classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I do recommend attending a community college to knock out your General Education classes. This way you can reap the benefits of attending Columbia College without graduating in mass amounts of debt.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College is one of the most fast acting, progressive schools in America. Its ability to push students artistically and scholarly are unprecedented when compared to it's liberal arts school counterparts. Any student looking to network, expand and succeed all while still in college should seriously consider Columbia College.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 178

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    Campus Safety

    it's downtown chicago. not in bad neighborhoods at all, but be aware of your surroundings and how to live in a city.

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    everything (except college sports).

    Great for these types of students

    artists/writers/musicians/actors/designers/any sort of creative person who is truly driven by a passion for their thang.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    everything here is about diversity/unconventionality/personal expression. you just have to experience it.

    Bang for the buck

    expensive, full-time tuition is about $10,000 per semester, but not as bad as some schools. if you're truly into your chosen art form/passion, come here. everyone else will probably not find what they're looking for.

    What to do for fun

    what isn't there to do, you're in chicago! the campus is downtown, so everything you could possibly want is there. don't expect football games or frat row, columbia college has none of that. you're also expected to attend performances/functions surrounding your studies, so get into the music/art/culture scene.

    Food and Dining

    most school buildings have cafes in them and lots of restaurants/fast food around campus. your campus is basically downtown chicago, your choices are vast. i can't comment on the dorm dining halls.

    Academic Rigor

    this is the only school i've ever been to where i had papers and homework due in my choir class. although focused on art/creative disciplines, columbia college is very demanding. every class requires you to be fully engaged, tardiness/absence is not tolerated, and you're expected to do work far above and beyond what goes on inside of class. if you don't feel true passion for your chosen art form/studies, you will not have the drive to make it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    get familiar with downtown chicago, the campus, and city life in general. be prepared to work hard and devote yourself to your studies. also get involved with your fellow students and communities -- columbia college wants you to learn from each other and feed each others inspiration. take advantage of all the talented creative people around you!

    In three sentences

    an amazing school for the prospective artist, musician,, or writer of any type. if you have a passion for any form of expression, this school is for you. be forewarned though -- the majority of applicants are accepted, but those who are not dedicated won't stay.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 178

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    Campus Safety

    the south loop (our campus neighborhood) is the number 1 safest district in the city of chicago. however, be smart! don't wave your michael kors watch in the air, while blasting your headphones down the street, at 2am, by yourself! anytime there are robberies, that's usually the description of the scene. we have campus security that patrols during school hours, and our dorm security is at the front desks 24/7, 365.

    Greek Life

    we do not have greek chapters at our school. there are city-wide chapters that some people get involved with.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many different student organizations on campus, around 60. there's something for everyone. we have everything from multicultural orgs, major specific orgs, club sports, there's even a harry potter club!

    Great for these types of students

    students who are passionate and serious about pursuing a career in the arts. students who are willing to network and build relationships with other students and professionals in order to build a quality portfolio. students who love to explore!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one tradition that is unique to columbia is our annual end-of-the-year urban arts festival, manifest. this festival also serves as our senior showcase. it's help on the last day of school and is open to the public to walk in and experience all that our school has to offer. there's performances, food, contests, and even people on stilts!

    Bang for the buck

    one thing that sets us apart from other art schools is that our freshmen can start to take classes in their major right away. most school make students wait until junior year to start taking classes for the major. however, columbia realizes that come junior year, we need to be doing internships and finding work outside of campus. we feel more confident by studying in our major for 4 years as opposed to only 2 years.

    What to do for fun

    there's honestly no reason to be bored if you're a columbia student. there are shows to attend weekly; by joining a student organization, you will be able to plan/produce events; and sometimes we'll get free tickets or vip to off-campus events.

    Food and Dining

    there is one dorm with a cafeteria. the food is good. there's a large selection: deli, salad and soup bar, grill, pizza bar, comfort food section, packaged food, ice cream, etc. also, there are many franchise restaurants around: subway, dairy queen, panera bread, panda express. there are 5 major grocery stores within walking distance: jewel osco, trader joe's, target grocery, whole foods, and dominick's. plus, this is chicago! there's tons of places in different neighborhoods with a wide ethnic variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    i've never lived on campus, but i know people who have and visited. columbia spoils us rotten! over 75% of the dorms are apartment style. this means the dorms have full kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms in each unit. yes, it's expensive, but prices relative to what you're going to receive.

    Academic Rigor

    the work is challenging; but since most of us who come here expect to be doing hands-on work consistently, our passion for art and media drives us to do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    the best advice i can give is to get involved. join a student organization; go to campus events; meet people from different majors and cultures; take advantage of student resources, like the portfolio center; explore chicago with your u-pass. get involved! it's the only way to get the full columbia college chicago experience.

    In three sentences

    i love columbia because it's a school that lets the students learn by getting involved in their intended major right away, freshmen year. i also love columbia because it's a very active place. there are literally 15+ events to attend on campus per day; that's extremely rare.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus isn't too bad. there are occasionally robbery from train stops and such and most seem to occur close to night times or odd times of the night. so if you want to avoid such acts of crimes, it's best to not travel alone when it's dark or the streets are filled with little to no people. or do all your traveling earlier in the day.

    Greek Life

    unfortunately this school doesn't have sororities and fraternities here. but if you did want to participate in the greek life, there are ways you can become by contacting the leaders of the chapter you wish to pledge to see what are necessary steps needed to pledge

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many organizations to choose from for many categories, types, sports, and hobbies. there are organizations for beliefs and rights. you left with plenty of options.

    What to do for fun

    with the school being located in the downtown district, you're already provided with tourist attractions, landmarks, restaurants, stores, galleries, and other things to see all over the place. there isn't one place downtown that provides nothing to do. you even have theaters to go to and see plays, musicals, and concerts.

    Food and Dining

    because this school is location in the loop of downtown chicago, there are many food places around the city to dine at. another good benefit is that with a valid school id, many of these restaurants in the area of the school offer student discounts on food.

    Dorm Life

    i don't stay on campus. i commute. but i've been in many of the dorms and the vibes are nice. the environment is soothing and provides a none distracting zone to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you really want to succeed and become better, do your work to the best of your ability. although procrastination is expected, do not procrastinate to the very last extent. when you do work to your best ability, you get effective feedback and ways to improve, whether it's a little or major change. when teachers see the potential of you wanting to prosper, they push you in necessary ways to make sure you achieve just that.

    In three sentences

    columbia is a very open and diverse environment. everyone is friendly and welcoming with many selections to chose from and an open crowd of people. most professors provide beneficial critiques and help to improve your skills as an artist overall.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a big interest on student safety--we travel together for safety.

    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    Students who have no problem with diversity and who really know what they want to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No sports or Greek life. They have intramural sports though.

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey, but worth it. You are paying for the networking and all the concerts, and other activities.

    What to do for fun

    Exploring the city is the best. Their are so many things to do and see!

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan... I cook my own meals

    Dorm Life

    I like my dorm; it is more like residing in your own apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of it depends on the teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not think that just because the learning environment is a cool place, that the work will be easy. It is a lot different from traditional colleges; classes are smaller, and teachers are more willing to help and will go out of their way to help when you need assistance.

    In three sentences

    Coming to Columbia College is the best decision I've ever made! I am learning so much about the fashion industry and they encourage you to get started on your career WHILE in college! A+ school!

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards in every Columbia building. To enter any dorm you need your ID. Guests to the dorms have to be checked in by someone staying in the dorm and must have an ID. They are also never to be left without the person who checked them in and must be escorted out by the same person.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for anything you can think of and activities every day. The activities are posted in every Columbia building.

    Great for these types of students

    Artists and Creative students.

    What to do for fun

    Columbia is smack in the middle of downtown Chicago so there is always something to do! First the city has tons of events all year round marathons, concerts, festivals, and such. Then Columbia has school events every day like movie smack downs, club meetings, manifest, big mouth at Plymouth. You will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    I found the dining plan inconvenient. One must go to the UC (United Center) to get the meals. I didn't live in the UC so it wasn't convenient. The cafeteria in the UC is only open to students who do not live in the UC during certain times which didn't coincide with my school schedule.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice I lived in Plymouth where I shared a room with another student and living space with two other girls. It came with a full kitchen, furnished dining and living area including a flat screen TV. Dorms are good if you want to meet other people.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically Columbia is not rigorous. There is LAS which are your academic core credits but even most of those classes lean to a more creative side.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I'd say dig deep before attending, it might not be for you. Look up your teachers and what they do to see if this is the place you want and need to be to grow as an individual.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago fit me like a glove! Perfect for an artist wishing to learn more about their craft through active teachers who work in the field they teach. Located in downtown Chicago where inspiration can be found anywhere.

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Journalists Business Majors Sports fans (Go Bulls!)

    Tips for prospective students

    Up your journalism game before you go!

  • 09/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    this college is made for students who are passionate about their major...who are friendly and ethusiastic...who love color and expression!!

    Tips for prospective students

    columbia college is a great school. i'm a sophmore majoring in fashion design. i've had some really great teachers. teachers at columbia are ethusiastic and fun. my tips for future students are to make sure you never procrastinate...ever! it doesn't work in college. always ask teachers questions and/or opinions. if you are going to live off-campus, make sure commuting doesn't affect your class schedule. choose a class schedule that works for you but that makes you comfortable. columbia has a lot of events from fashion to health to technology. make sure to check it out and it's a great way to learn something and to network, if neccessary!

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Open minded students who love diversity and engage themselves in many activities. There are lots of things going on around campus, you have to want to get involved!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit. Definitely visit. That's the only way you can really get a feel for any school and to be sure that it is right for you. And decide where you go based on if it makes you happy. Yes, let it have your major, be safety forward, and all of the other requirements, but go where you feel happy. Where you know you can spend the next four years of your life.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a lot cheaper than other Private Art Schools, and was cheaper than some of the other schools I looked at, but you have to budget. Tuition is just over $20k, rooms go from $8k to $11k, plus the fees which are different depending on your major, and the meal plan is roughly $3k. You will be buying groceries whether or not you have the meal plan, it's just the way it happens. I don't have a meal plan and I am fine, but I know my roommates love having unlimited meals they can have without having to lift a finger.

    Am enjoying being here

    I always knew that I wanted to live in a city, but where I am in the city is unbelievable! All of my classes are within a ten minute walk, I know of five different El stops within five minutes, and State Street is just beside me so I can do anything I want! I knew the school was a good fit for me, but living in the city is just perfect.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Fiction Writing Major, but I am taking lots of different kinds of courses. That's one of the great things about Columbia, you can take pretty much whatever classes you want! Some have prerequisites, like you can't take Acting 3 when you are a first year Graphic Design Major, but there are plenty of classes that are for non-majors. There are really fun classes, too. You have to take a science lab, but it doesn't have to be painful.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    From the information session, I learned that it's a school for overall creative types or people interested in arts and communication.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high but not so bad. There may be more traveling expenses if you live out of the city, but for an world renowned college, it should be worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's in the heart of Chicago, surrounded by many other colleges and museums.

    Will learn a lot

    I attended an information session for the school and it seems as if you are open to any field you're interested in. You are basically learning exactly what is you will be doing when you pursue a career in your desired field.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    -Creative art school students -Students living on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to art school, this is the place for you. If you commute or want to be academically challenged, you won't be able to get involved or be pushed to think.

    Bang for the buck

    There are open art rooms, computer labs and rooms with art materials for the students, but the quality of the education isn't worth the price. Housing is also overpriced.

    Did enjoy being here

    Even though Columbia claims to be a liberal arts school, it's really an arts only school, which is fine, but if you're looking for an academically challenging environment, you won't find it here. I liked the creative environment, but the academics aren't worth the price.

    Did learn a lot

    As an Honors/AP student I didn't find the coursework challenging. Even though I was taking courses within my major, I wasn't being pushed to do better.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out the city! There's always so much going on for every kind of person.

    Food and Dining

    I usually don't eat on campus, but there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms, but I've heard that the facilities are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are taught in a challenging but creative way. The classes I've experienced have been very fun and opened up my mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put your whole self into your art or your studies. Columbia is a competitive place and requires you to work hard.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a very challenging and fulfilling school. The teachers make you think outside the box and encourage you. The environment is free and accepting.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I love Columbia! It is not yout typical school. And the dance program is amazing :)

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't had to use Campus Safety yet, but I haven't heard anything negative about it.

    Greek Life

    Columbia has no Fraternities or Sororities. Sorry!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, you'll have a hard time choosing which to go to! There's everything from Black Student Union to Muggles' Association. There is also a great club for the LGBTQA community, since Columbia is is one top twenty most gay friendly schools in the nation.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for people who find themselves out of the norm. Columbia is an incredibly friendly school to people of all cultures, races, and lifestyles. Also, if you're a hipster, you'll fit right in. ;)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Columbia hosts so many events, it's crazy! You'll never be bored!

    Bang for the buck

    It's up to you! If you have the work ethic and talent to succeed, than this school is definitely worth it. If you don't, than don't waste your money.

    What to do for fun

    You'll have the city at your fingertips. You'll be given a U-Pass at the beginning of the year, which allows you unlimited rides on public transportation. There is no excuse for you to get out and have fun. The possibilities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    Chicago has amazing food! You won't be disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live on campus. They will charge you too much, and you will have to follow their strange rules. Find a more affordable place with your friends, and live there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes for your major will be more of a challenge, but the general classes are not very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to do, and have the ability to do what you want to do before you come to Columbia. It's not a place for you to waste your time (and money!) discovering what to do with your life.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is what you make of it. It gives you all the tools to succeed and have fun, but you have to work to make these tools work for you.If you have passion, drive, and talent, then you will go far.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    ummmm it's chicago! and downtown, no less! go to films, plays, museums, shopping, bars, restaurants, anything and everything chicago offers!

    Tips for prospective students

    know that you will have to work hard, not just skate by on simply talent or your creativity.

    In three sentences

    it's a diverse, quirky and always interesting place to go to school. unfortunately, some programs lack focus and teachers can as well, which i suppose can make for a slightly exciting and unpredictable environment. i am very anxious to continue my education here because all of the professors i have had have been excellent thus far!

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    plenty to choose from

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    chill in 916 wabash

    Bang for the buck

    go to the plays and musicals

    What to do for fun

    explore chicago's inner city

    Dorm Life

    nice dorms

    Academic Rigor

    great teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    live on campus if you can.

    In three sentences

    columbia great for the arts. it a great diverse school in the urban city that's exciting. i recommend going here to live what you love.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    it is a bang, but not for the buck. the tuition is very high and is still raising next year, which is unfortunate. the cost is probably the reason for such a low graduation rate.

    What to do for fun

    it's chicago! there are plenty of fun things to do, even through the school. there is the annual blood ball, which was extremely fun (through the school). the dorms are always posting fliers of new events going on in chicago throughout the week. plays and improv. shows are always a fun thing to go to on the weekends as well.

    Food and Dining

    even though i live in a dorm that provides a kitchen, i do have a meal plan as well. the food and dining hall has some nice meals here and there. they have a wide variety of things to choose from (salad bar, sandwiches, down to earth foods, sushi, etc.). it is always very clean and the workers are very kind too.

    Dorm Life

    i was given the luxury of staying in the dwight lofts this year. they are absolutely gorgeous and very homey. the only downside is that they are extremely expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    they want their students to think critically. they strive for students to embrace their surroundings and use it as a tool for learning. academically, the classes are not too challenging, but are very thought provoking.

    Tips for prospective students

    really look into the school before applying. the acceptance rate is high, but the graduation rate is extremely low. get involved as much as possible. chicago is such a grand city it would be sad to miss out on the events that take place here. make sure you are confident in deciding your major before attending.

    In three sentences

    columbia college chicago is a very accepting school. the college enables students to further their studies using surrounding resources of greater downtown chicago. the college also encourages their students to live what they love.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    columbia college offers everything i'm looking for in a school. being part of an artistic community such as the one at columbia would be an amazing opportunity. i really hope i get accepted!!!

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    my tips for prospective students is to have fun and make lots of friends.

    In three sentences

    if you love to expand your creativity and have an open mind then columbia college is the right college for you.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    during the day there are security personnel all over campus. every building has at least one security guard and there are security people on segways and in columbia marked security vehicles. after 6:00pm, students must show a columbia id to be allowed into the buildings. after 10pm, security around campus lessens it seems, everyone just has to remember to stay in groups.

    Greek Life

    columbia does not offer greek life, it is against the school's beliefs. a few schools in chicago allow columbia students to join in with their greek societies if they wish, but it's not something columbia offers.

    Great for these types of students

    this is a school that caters to mostly liberal students, although more conservative students do get catered to as well. the teachers are almost all very liberal and open minded and students and teachers alike are people on the edge of new ideas.

    Bang for the buck

    the school is great for what you pay for it; many other art schools in il and in the chicagoland area are much more pricey. 3-stars because housing and meal plans are very over priced.

    What to do for fun

    if you're under 21, try to get involved with student activities as a freshman. make friends and go rollerblading in the summer or ice skating in the winter. over 21? chicago has great nightlife just a half hour from campus on the red line.

    Food and Dining

    there is no need to get a cafeteria meal plan through this college unless you get a dorm room without a kitchen (which most have kitchens). the meal plans are over-priced and the food is just adequate. chicago has some great restaurants that are reasonably priced (and on-campus restaurants are growing rapidly) and there are a bunch of grocery stores so meal plans are unnecessary.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms here are all very nice but over priced for what you can get elsewhere in chicago. they're great for freshman and chicago first-timers but anyone else might want to consider living off campus. the security at the dorms tend to be unfriendly and the residence life staff is slow to respond to fix issues with payments and other problems.

    Academic Rigor

    general education classes are all over the place in the sense of hard-ness. some are very well put together and you learn a lot from them, while others are not as well thought out. all of the classes in any major i've been in/heard of are very good, just check out your professors online, some are much better than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you research your program, not just the school. some of the programs are stronger than others, but not all of the programs state if they are accredited or not (which can become a problem later in life if you decide to go into certain fields). go into a program you love and are passionate about!

    In three sentences

    columbia college chicago is a great school for art students who want a four-year degree. some of their academic programs are stronger than others, but the programs and professors all prepare students for real-life tasks that they will encounter as artists.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe, and I feel very comfortable. The security is always up to date on everything.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately Columbia doesn't have a Greek life because its not toyur traditional university; its a private art school. I'm pretty sure you can pledge at the surround schools like Robert Morris or Depaul University if your really want to be into Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is always something going on at Columbia. If you attend this school you should always participate in everything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing is really unusual about this location.

    Bang for the buck

    It is really expensive, and i wish they would help a little more with financial aid, but its really worth it in the end.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on and off campus. You live in this wonderful city so of course it will never be a dull moment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Net working is really important. You should try your best to get your name out there as possible. Having Columbia on your resume looks really good. Stay on top of your game and always be prepared.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a great school. It really is expensive, but if you want to fulfill all your dreams and goals you should attend Columbia. I really love it and it is in a wonderful city, Chicago!

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Campus is surrounded by different parks, museums and shopping centers. They are all within walking distances and can be nice when you have a break between classes.

    Food and Dining

    The food venue options surrounding the campus are endless. There are a ton of different of places to grab lunch and most offer student discounts. The cafe located in the school has healthy options as well.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot give a review on the dorm life at Columbia College because I have never lived in the dorms. I live off campus. From living off campus I can say that the school and dorms are conveniently located in the loop of Chicago.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load given to me thus far has been hefty, but all of if is super interesting and applies completely to my major. I'm learning a lot about my major and feel with each assignment and project I am getting closer to starting my career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with the understanding that Columbia is an open admissions school. It seems as though a lot of the students are there for the wrong reasons. Focus on your work and by the time in your in your junior and senior years, you'll be surrounded by the serious students who will be your competition and who will also help you grow within your field.

    In three sentences

    I have only been at Columbia College for a semester so far but I absolutely love it thus far. The resources available to students seem almost unlimited. The teacher and staff really know what they are doing as well.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great secruity. I never feel unsafe while on campus. The security guards are friendly and willing to help.

    Greek Life

    There is none. We don't have a mascot, sport team, or assigned colours.

    Great for these types of students

    Columbia is hipster central. If you aren't a hipster before you get here you'll defiantly pick up something attending here. The students want to be here. They are coming here to be the best in their field of study they can be. We are sweet, competitive, driven people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I've been at Columbia for two years. My first year I lived on campus and practically lived off Pauly's Pizza. Now I'm off the pink line and I can't live without getting horchatta. My friends and I love Belmont/ Boys Town because of the hookah and great hole in the wall cafes. There is always something fun and new to find.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any arts college it's expensive. But, the professors live in their area of work. They know what they are teaching and how to teach it. It's a great way to really see first hand how life goes in your field.

    What to do for fun

    It's CHICAGO! There is theater, parks, beaches, clubs, and great areas to explore. You never have to be bored here.

    Food and Dining

    I've never eaten anything made by the dorms except self serve ice cream. But, I guess that is the beauty of the city. You can eat wherever and whatever you want.

    Dorm Life

    You get to know your neighbors instantly because they will probably become your closest friends. Everyone wants to get to know each other and explore the urban city together.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a goal that you want to achieve I would come here. Professors and peers give great opportunities to help achieve what you are looking to do. The urban setting has plenty to offer in and out of school.

    In three sentences

    Columbia's diversity always makes for an exciting learning environment. The students want to be here and the professors long help achieve your dreams. The urbanness of the city leaks into your mind and heart.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Yes for students who can expression their creativity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DONT STAY ON CAMPUS

    What to do for fun

    For fun i love to watch movies, hang out with friends, travel to different places, try new things and meet new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind be filling to work and enjoy yourself.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College is an amazing school for the performing arts, its safe, fun, educational, and they make you feel at home and welcome.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Walk in groups. Its a big city, treat it like one...

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manifest. When the college comes together as an artistic community and share with the city what they have learned and produced throughout the year.

    Bang for the buck

    I think all colleges are overly expensive...

    What to do for fun

    Everything! But do not just spend time in the city, explore... Chicago has a large network of neighborhoods with so many different cultures and attractions.

    Food and Dining

    Unlimited variety, from different ethnic restaurants depending what neighborhood you are in to the finest rated restaurants in the world.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically very challenging. No different than any other college. Its up to the student to determine how rigorous they would be in regards to their education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Best tip would be to not work full-time. Find every avenue you can to pay for your education outside of working while studying. It is by far one of the hardest things you can do at an artistic school. Focus on academics and building a niche which you can use once you graduate and actually start working full time.

    In three sentences

    Located in the heart of Chicago with lake and city views in most classes gives artists the needed inspiration to be successful day in and day out throughout their artistic academic careers.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    State street and michigan avenue

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the school before attending to get a feel for the no campus feel. And when registering for classes check out rate your professor to look at the highest rated professors.

    In three sentences

    i would give Columbia a rating of 8 out of 10. i learned so much and met so many inspiring and amazingly creative individuals. the teachers i had were great and definitely know their stuff.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Keep in mind it's in an urban location. There is crime. Pay attention where you're going and travel with a buddy if you can.

    Greek Life

    No greek life

    Great for these types of students

    Columbia is great for creative people, but not lazy people

    Bang for the buck

    You have to do work to get work

    What to do for fun

    Columbia is downtown so there is ALWAYS something to do. Columbia also always has events going on in dorms, buildings, and off campus. Check out other neighborhoods besides south loop.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just because it is open admission doesn't make it easy and work-free so don't slack off. If something is going on on campus, go to it and get involved. Work together with other students to help each other out.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is what you make of it. The teachers are just as passionate as the students are. There are always great opportunities for students to take advantage of.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never got into any trouble neither did I find myself in any danger.

    Bang for the buck

    Super luxurious dorms really worth the wait, but not so much on the money.

    What to do for fun

    Anything really even go around and explore more of the city of Chicago.

    Dorm Life

    Among the friendliest of the whole city.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes aren't so hard, but do require time input.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to people in that school all are which very friendly. When in doubt ask questions about anything to me it was easy to maneuver around campus.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a great art school. The environment and the people in it make it easier to adjust quickly. The college's facilities and equipment are among the best, so I think those were the pros of the school. Overall really great school.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Very gay friendly. It's great for anyone who is creative and likes to be around other creative people.

    Bang for the buck

    It is what you make of it. If you're paying full tuition, living in the dorms, and buying all your books new, you're going to be paying way too much. But if you have a scholarship to lessen the price and find a lot of ways to save money, especially by living at home if your parents are nearby, or by getting an apartment with roommates, you'll be getting a decent deal.

    What to do for fun

    It's in the Chicago Loop, so you can go just about anywhere, especially with the Upass. Grant Park is really close by. There's the Art Institute which has a lot of free days. A lot of the buildings also have computers.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't eaten in the dining hall, so I don't know about that. Most of the buildings are near restaurants like Subway, Panera, and Jimmy Johns, and there are even more options if you're willing to walk a bit farther.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but I hear that most people don't like them. They're way overpriced. They're about $15,000 for two semesters, but the price stays the same even if you have roommates. It's better to find a roommate and rent an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, some are easy. It depends on the teachers. Typically the courses for your own major are a bit demanding, but the general core classes are easier.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Absorb, learn, and grow. Create.... Change

    In three sentences

    Best College Ever!

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Same as above. You can literally go anywhere in Chicago with your U-pass. On a down day, go to google, and search anything you feel like doing in Chicago. There are always museums as well, or parks, or concerts. You can do anything you like.

    Food and Dining

    Again, this is CHICAGO. There are always amazing restaurants to be found and explored. Take the L and the possibilities are endless.

    Dorm Life

    This is Chicago, but do not underestimate the importance of your dorm. That is where your friends will be, your belongings, and where you will spend the majority of your time. Do not take it for granted but embrace it while you live there, as by your Junior year, you will most likely have an apartment on your own. Dorms give you the chance to form close relationships that may last your entire life. Settle in and find your niche, and you will find the comfort of home.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not shirk your projects or grades, after all that is why you are here. If you put your energy into your work, you will be rewarded by the gratification of success. Always keep time for relaxing, though. A balanced schedule and time-management calendar is the most important tool you can have for success. Down-time is extremely important in keeping yourself grounded.

    Tips for prospective students

    You are entering a college atmosphere in a big city. It is easy to lose yourself amongst the lights and noise of the city, but if you surround yourself with trusted individuals you can make an amazing time of it. You have the opportunity here to explore and decide who you want to be and what your overall goals in life are. Breathe. Then dive straight in.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a great school if you are looking for an a-typical college experience in a large city away from campus life. Chicago is literally at your doorsteps complete with all of the adventures and opportunities it holds. The school itself I found beneficial to my learning experience with the teachers being actual members of the art society and able to teach the students first-hand information that will be useful in our careers.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All the dorms are armed with several security guards and take the security of the buildings very seriously. All students have to swipe a card to get into the building and all guests, even those who attend the school but don't live in that certain building, must show their state ids to a security guard and receive a day pass that allows them into the dorm and all guests must stay with their friend at all times. All the doors in the building lock once the door closes. This allows all the students in the building to feel safe and secured and not worry about leaving precious items behind in their rooms.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the end of every school year, Columbia puts together a festival called Manifest. At Manifest, all the seniors show off their craft to the entire city of Chicago. The festival takes place all over the city and all people are welcome to come visit. It celebrates art in all forms and demonstrates the creative energy around our entire campus.

    What to do for fun

    Being in the city of Chicago, there is plenty to do. There are always concert events, poetry and fiction readings and even intramural sports teams. The school itself as many activities for the students to participate in, such as Little Mouth, which is a open mic that the school puts together every other week for all the students to come together and show off their craft. There are dance and other artistic events such as theatrical performances and guest speakers as well.

    Food and Dining

    There is one cafeteria which prepares a new meal selection every day. It is all fresh and provides many healthy choices such as salads and deli bars.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. All the students are friendly and excited to share their creative talents with everyone on their floors. The students are outgoing and always looking to make friends in their buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Columbia are challenging. They push you to be your best and work your hardest. Although they are challenging, they prepare you for what your creative career will entail in the future so you are fully capable when you leave school and have to find a job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be outgoing. All the students are friendly and open to new connections with people. It allows you to have a strong network of creative individuals later in life that can help you in your future careers.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College is all about being YOU. Columbia College allows you to enter and expand your creative mind in ways that you wouldn't expect to be possible. Columbia College challenges you to not only branch off of your creative spirit, but allow you to mold and shape that creative spirit into something useful for the real world.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security is great. The only incidents that occur are when people do not pay attention and something happens as a result. They do offer self defense classes through their fitness center as well.

    Greek Life

    There are no sororities or fraternities at Columbia College.

    Great for these types of students

    - Passionate - Dedicated - Artistic -Creative

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manifest. It is a big senior showcase, basically an art feastival, at the end of the year. There is food, music, and some interesting performances.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is rising, and many of us are not happy about it. However, compared to other colleges, it is not too bad. Then again, it is still quite pricey. Try to apply for as many scholarships as you can.

    What to do for fun

    There are many sights: The Sears Tower, Navy Pier, museums. There are also many theatres downtown, there are beaches along the lake. There is always something to do; all you have to do is walk out the door.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of small restaurants and diners around campus, as well as chain stores. Again, it is in the middle of Chicago so there is always something to try!

    Dorm Life

    I commute; I would not know how it is living there. However, I have stayed some nights with friends, and the dorms and appartments are beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, the general studies classes were not too difficult, but the real pressure comes from the classes in your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    - If commuting, be aware that you may have to miss out on somethings because of the time of day & also make friends with people in the dorms - Check how your credits transfer ahead of time - Use your absences wisely - It is the SEARS Tower not the Willis Tower

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is very unique in the sense that the students and the faculty are so passionate and devoted to do what they love. The campus is right in the middle of Chicago, which presents many great opportunities with internships and alumni. If you truly want to find a college where you can live what you love, Columbia College is the place for you.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities you could join to participate there.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who love art.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is located in downtown. It is close to Chicago's most popular landmarks.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a bit high but I think it is worth it.

    In three sentences

    I rate Columbia College 5 out of 5 stars because the whole staff has been very helpful to students with their careers they're planning to pursue. Columbia even has free tutoring for its students who attend there. The students and faculty are very friendly!

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Eat, Shop, Parties, clubs and organizations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get FAFSA finished early

    In three sentences

    I love the fact that Columbia is in the heart of Chicago. The buildings are up to date and everybody was super nice. I loved it.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    A club for just about everything. If not, you're encouraged to make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Artists

    What to do for fun

    There is more theatre, opera, dance and music than one knows what to do with. Almost every night is a live show somewhere within the city so look up iO, Second City, The Goodman Theatre or Steppenwolf for some good Comedy or Drama. For film, check out the Music Box. Goldstar.com and Groupon.com have great offers, so be sure to take a look around

    Food and Dining

    The city of Chicago has amazing food. After all, this is an international melting pot. I would advise eating out instead of dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    It's great for meeting new students. Live outside the walls after the first year or two.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics aren't too difficult. This is an art school so the art can be difficult, but that's life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Communi College is a great way to cut down on those general education requirements and thus bringing graduation closer to your feet. Be sure to check out what qualifies as transferrable or not before taking classes and look for classes that cover more than one requirement. Also, talk to your advisors. They know the system better than anyone and can really help you achieve your goals in a reasonable time.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is diverse, affordable and chalk full of industry professionals that can give you great advice on how to get out there on your own in whatever field you're looking into. The admission policy means facing classes with a lot of students who may not be serious about their craft. However, the benefit of the professors in the advanced classes make this college experience worth it all.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Columbia has great prices as far as tuition is concerned.

    Food and Dining

    They have great meal plans! Not only are they reasonable, but they also are heart healthy as well.

    Academic Rigor

    They truly believe in helping students becoming great in what it is they want to pursue in life!

    In three sentences

    It was my school of choice since my first year of college at OCC.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    We don't' really have frats or sororities because of Chicago-land Area laws of having more than 8 people in a living space being considered a gang or brothel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manifest is a annual festival where students participate in displaying art work and talent (majority seniors) which help close off the year in a creatively entertain day of performing and visual arts all for free to the general public

    Food and Dining

    Because Columbia is in the heart of Chicago, there are so many good restaurants and cafes nearby, some including student discounts. the food on campus isn't so bad. Most food locations on campus are cautious to those students who maybe vegetarian or vegan, or who like organic and low sugar products. Lots of varieties.

    Dorm Life

    I personal do not stay on campus but commute on a daily basis to and from school. I have been to all of the dorms on campus and I must say they are very nice and accommodating for the students. They are mostly apartment like set up and are great for the independent living style. Really Expensive though.

    Academic Rigor

    So far I haven't taken any classes that have made me wish I had dropped them. The faculty is pretty nice and understanding at times. Grading as far as I have noticed is fair. nothing to complain about if you do your homework and show up to classes then you should be able to pass with a nice grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of free events

    In three sentences

    Columbia has a very diverse population and has a unique way of combining fundamentals with curriculum. I enjoy attending Columbia although it is fairly expensive and is more about the connections you make at the school instead of the money you spend attending. I believe it is a great school and provides lots of door opening opportunities and experiences for students if all ages.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I am part of the Renegades, which is our student organized sports organization. Going to a school with no sports kinda sucks, but once I found the Renegades it was life changing. I tried out for Volleyball and Cheerleading. I unfornately didn't make the volleyball team, but I made the cheer squad and met some of my best friends there! I was upset that there wasn't a softball team, so when I asked the president of the Renegades about starting one they were more than excited about it. I formed the first Renegades softball team. We play slowpitch for now, and working on getting a fastpitch team going. If there isn't a club you want then create it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For new student convocation be prepared to yell Hell Yeah. Just a fair warning. Oh! A relaxing spot to study, hang out, or even sleep is the loft on the 4th floor in the 916 S. Wabash building!

    What to do for fun

    Literally just hanging outside the dorms is fun. Walking to Grant Park you'll find snowball fights, or tanning when it's sunny. Chicago is a great city to explore underground bands and art. My personal favorite thing to do is going into all the vintage shops in Wicker Park.

    Food and Dining

    There's only one dinning area (The University Center) it's pretty okay food. Many of the kids have the advantage of actually cooking since we have apartment style dorms. The best part of the cafe was the breakfast for dinner menu. Pancakes, bacon and hashbrowns at 9pm were too hard to pass up!

    Dorm Life

    The apartment style dorms are pretty cool. I had three other roommates sharing a four- room apartment and it was a great way to meet new people from other majors. The greatest part was being able to colllaborate ideas with the people you meet just within the dorms; even if they aren't in your major!

    Academic Rigor

    My academic classes have an artistic twist on every class. We did basic kindergarden style cut and paste craft activities in one of my math classes, but it definitely had our minds exploring other ways to solve problems. Just as your major based classes require 100% your academic classes require the same.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must be 100% committed and passionate about what you do. If you ever lose your drive, talk to an upperclassmen or a counselor, because Columbia requires you to give it your all. Even if you go in with cold feet Columbia is so diverse and there WILL be something there you will fall in love with.

    In three sentences

    Columbia has allows their students to grow as individuals and through a creative posse. I, personally, have explored many new intriguing ways to extend my creativity. Columbia helps students push their limits and use their creativity to the fullest extent.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RAPISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!AND BEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    hipsters and

    Bang for the buck

    The classes, teachers, and facilities are great. But they really need to offer more scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Anything-- if you have money. If you don't have money, there are lots of free things to do too.

    Food and Dining

    Man, you can find anything you want to eat in Chicago at any price, quantity, and quality you choose.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus...

    Academic Rigor

    I've knocked out most of my gen eds at this school, and I definitely receive more homework and put in more time outside of class for classes in my major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a great school to attend if you can afford it. They offer student loans, but not too many scholarships. Some departments are much better than others. Get to know your teachers though, many of them are professionally worrying in the fields they are teaching so they have a ton of great advice.

    In three sentences

    great staff and great classes. Very expensive. Not very big on student life.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very secure and always on top of their job

    Greek Life

    Dont have one, but there's always a chance to make one.

    Clubs and Activities

    We need more peep participation

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds! But especially for hardworking students who love to have fun when they have time too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You create your own

    What to do for fun

    Create pasta nights. Wine nights. Pizza night. Taco night. Baking nights. Movie nights. And jam out every time you get a chance to. Walk around downtown in a posse. Be loud. Enjoy yourself around others.

    Food and Dining

    I learned how to cook deliciously!!!!! Embrace cook books

    Dorm Life

    Security is tooooooo uptight. They suck. But make the best out of everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Embrace your dormant neighbors. Attend the parties and events thrown by the students and for the students. Bake and share. Be yourself and nothing else. Don't forget why you even attended college. Be a lover and not a hater.

    In three sentences

    Creativity lingers through the hallways of this institution. The instructors are marvelous and genuine. It should feel more like a huge family.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The South Loop in down town Chicago is the campus for the school but as long as you are smart, it's a safe campus. Just always be aware of your surroundings and refrain from using your phone or anything like that that would draw unwanted attention to yourself and you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    This school has no Greek system as I have stated above so if that is something that you are interested in then this isn't the school for you.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is perfect for anyone who doesn't want a traditional college experience since there isn't a Greek system or football teams so if you wan't that classic college life, this school isn't for you.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is on the more expensive end but in turn it is one of the best private art colleges in the nation. The classes are great and just the diversity in the student body makes it an amazing experience. Also in the art community Columbia is a great name to be associated with, the school has more internships then students to fill them because everyone wan't a Columbia kid.

    What to do for fun

    Living in downtown Chicago leaves endless possibilities for fun with anything from shopping and dining to movie theaters. Part of the school tuition also includes a transit pass that you can use anytime and this works for the trains and buses making it so easy to find something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    I personally wasn't on a meal plan because my dorm room came with a full kitchen so if I had one it would only be a supplemental one that only covers a few meals. I personally did most of my grocery shopping at the Trader Joe's that opened up right up the street and right across from that is the Jewel grocery store.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great, the ones I've been living in are four bedroom two bath apartments complete with full kitchen. The biggest plus side to this is that you get your own room and only have to share a bathroom with one other person. Each dorm also has their own gym that you can use any time.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd be lying if I said the classes were easy because they're really a lot of hard work. Each class takes a lot of time and dedication making time management a very important thing to learn. For every class you take there is a project that requires hours of dedication that's on your own time.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest downside to being an art and design student is the cost of supplies that you need for your classes but in turn a lot of those same classes don't require a textbook so advise keeping track of your spending and knowing that most times you're going to have go give up buying something that you want in exchange for something that you need for a class.

    In three sentences

    I think Columbia is a great school, I love the small class sizes and the more hands on approach that the classes have. The biggest plus is that the teachers are still active artists in their field so they aren't too disconnected from us and they know just how to push us towards being better students and artists. Finally the fact that all of our core classes are integrated into our schedule so we get that more well rounded education.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is very good about sending email alerts about suspicious activity on campus. During the day you are perfectly safe. And lets be honestly you are in a huge metropolitan area, be street smart. For instance, don't take the red line at 3am by yourself. That's dumb. This isn't a campus surrounded by corn fields. You cant stumble home drunk by yourself at 3 am.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters, Fashionistas, Creatives, Nerds, Artists.

    What to do for fun

    Most students at columbia seek internships and part time jobs. We are a pretty ambitious bunch, but we do have fun. If your over 21 the possibilities are endless. Tons of bars and restaurants to explore. Be social and you'll always have an apartment party to go too.

    Food and Dining

    Chicago is the place for foodies. There is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms for one semester. If you are from out of state its a great way to meet people and transition to a city lifestyle. Personally, I didn't like it because I wanted to live in a Chicago neighborhood, not in the loop.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. I am Marketing Communication PR major. First off, you wont be taking a lot of exams. You are graded mostly on projects and presentations. A lot of hands on work, that will help you more in the real world. Teachers are all in the marketing/advertising/pr industry so they know their stuff. Most teachers are part time faculty who leave work and go straight to class. This is great because course work and discussion is not outdated. They teach you need to know now. Which is important in marketing because its constantly changing!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is what you make it. Columbia can be easy if you sit in the back of class and never want to be notice. If you want to achieve and network, you need to put in the effort. If you are dead set on going to Columbia College right out of high school, I recommend starting off at a community college and getting your gen. eds. It will save you A LOT of money and you will arrive at Columbia focusing just on your concentration.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is a liberal school full of interesting folks. If you want to stand out, conquer, network, and find amazing internships you need to be in a urban city environment.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest district in Chicago

    Greek Life

    NONE

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list, but I just want to say theres a quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    Multi Cultured, LBGTQ, religious, non-religious, poor, middle class, rich, visual or performing artist, people who like the business side of art.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Blood Ball. Seriously I can't even begin to explain the Blood Ball. Also, the countries largest urban arts festival....Manifest

    Bang for the buck

    Cheapest liberal arts college in the country, and we're still known as one of the best in the world.

    What to do for fun

    one word: Chicago! (nuff said)

    Food and Dining

    the apartments have kitchens so you can make your own food.

    Dorm Life

    The best! all of the dorms are apartments, not dorms!!

    Academic Rigor

    All of the courses are art based, so if your looking for really challenging math courses, you're not going to find them here.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. All of the scholarships offered from the school deadlines on in February. 2. COLABORATE! 3. Do stuff in majors outside of your own.

    In three sentences

    All of my teachers are working professionals, I'm getting hands on experience, and I'm actually living what I love.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All of the dorms have a security system in the front of the building that require you to swipe a card in and out in addition to checking any guests in with you at all times. Outside of the dorms, we have campus security scattered all over the south loop who are no further than a phone call away if they are needed for any assistance. With the dangers of a large city, CCC tries its hardest to ensure a safe environment.

    Greek Life

    Because CCC is a private school we actually do not have a Greek System, but there are a few surrounding colleges that allow CCC students to rush into their Greek Systems.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a club for just about any interest you can imagine. And if there's not a club for what you're looking for, you can make one! CCC is dedicated to embracing diversity and different interests. When it comes to activities, almost every night there is another activity. We have improv shows, open mic nights, dodge ball tournaments, dance club nights, and everything in between.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student is perfect for CCC. Of course, you have to be interested in an art or the business of the arts, but other than that, it is one of the most diverse schools out there. We have tall, skinny, fat, short, black, white, preppy, goth, anything you can imagine. You just have to be dedicated to your major and determined.

    Bang for the buck

    When you get your tuition bill, you suffer from a bit of shock, but what you have to remember is that your aren't just paying for your classes/education. In addition to that, you are paying for the entire experience of meeting some of the most interesting people you will ever encounter, living in downtown Chicago, and being open to countless opportunities to enhance your life.

    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do in downtown Chicago!? No matter what your interests are, somewhere in close proximity there is an event dedicated to anything imaginable. Anything from art, to yoga, to comedy, to dancing and even partying, Chicago has everything you're looking for.

    Food and Dining

    I personally never have eaten at our campus cafeteria, but I have heard from peers that the food is above average and actually eatable. Aside from just the cafeteria food, you live in downtown Chicago! You only live a short walk or train ride away from some of the most delicious food your taste buds will ever be graced with.

    Dorm Life

    Truly unlike any other dorms. You always hear everyone say how small and cramped their dorms are, but not here. Because our campus is downtown they've created loft/apartment style dorms. You are given a full kitchen, living room, separate bedrooms and bathrooms. All of my friends from other schools have been floored by how truly amazing we have it in the dorms. The only downside to such nice dorms, is the price you pay to have this luxury. You will drop a large amount on housing, but it is only to be expected when living in downtown Chicago.

    Academic Rigor

    These classes are unlike anything you experienced in high school. It's no longer information memorization and recall, it all becomes hands-on, creative work. And while mentally the work may not strain you, but do not be fooled, the work is no joke.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to this school with an open mind, both your classes and your peers are unlike anything you would ever expect. You will meet some amazing people, but don't get caught up in just your friendships. Stay focused on your work, it's extremely easy to let your school work slip through the cracks. Lastly, don't take your surroundings for granted. You are given so many opportunities just by being placed in downtown Chicago, don't let these chances go to waste.

    In three sentences

    CCC is unlike any college experience you would expect. The professors evaluate you on interest, determination and ability to grow in your field rather than simply your ability to memorize and recall information. All of your peers are so diverse that just becoming friends with different people is a learning experience in itself.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Police station just a few blocks away from the school. Plus the school is in the south loop of Chicago, were their will be a lot of people there.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many ethnic activities as well as clubs. They even have a strong LGBT community

    Great for these types of students

    If you want to major in any arts field, photography, video games, journalism, etc. Well this is the school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Not that expensive, especially if you live in Chicago. Just be prepared that this school is cheap when it comes to giving money. Its first , first serve.

    What to do for fun

    Many things!!! Your in the downtown side of Chicago!! Besides the many clubs and other activities available in the school, you can go shopping with your friends or watch the scenery near the ocean.

    Food and Dining

    Food is repetitive and the meal plan is unnecessary. You should only get it if you really don't feel like cooking and your afraid to try it. The school is near a lot of food places and its unnecessary to have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are huge and have a fat screen TV, refrigerator, and a washing-machine.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like anything in life, you work hard and you will succeed. This school helps achieve that by letting you take courses that will help you get your majors degree early. In addition, the professors works in the field that they teach you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just look into this school and witness the greatness yourself.

    In three sentences

    The school looks amazing, a lot of organizations and programs are available for the students. The students here are really connected and are united with each other and with their professors. I know I will easily connect with everyone and Chicago will be my new home.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Attending school in a big city can be very dangerous especially in downtown Chicago, but I never feel like my safety is threatened. Columbia College Chicago shares the South Loop with Depaul University, and Roosevelt University, which means students can rely on all three schools if an incident does occur.

    Clubs and Activities

    At Columbia there are clubs and activities for everyone. If there's a club you would like but the school doesn't have it, you can make it.

    Great for these types of students

    Columbia College Chicago is great for all students, especially for those who are passionate about what they do, and just need the push to get there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most unusual traditions on campus is definitely the Hell Yeah chant. This chant is yelled during the new student convocation. At Columbia we have principles of student success, and by attending Columbia you have to agree to live by these rules, and to show that you agree, at new student convocation you yell individually, but also collectively Hell Yeah.

    Bang for the buck

    As a film major it is hard to find a good film school with teachers who care, but at Columbia College Chicago, the teachers give constructive criticism and opportunities to work on professional film sets. The school also notifies the students of advanced screenings and will point us in the direction of free tickets. The price of higher education is expensive but I feel like my money is actually worth the experience, education, and opportunities that I am receiving at Columbia College Chicago.

    What to do for fun

    In each of the elevators on campus, we have what we call the Tally-Ho. The Tally-Ho is essentially a bulletin board with all the events happening on campus that day. The events range from school sponsored parties to free music events, workshops, advanced movie screenings, and networking events. Regardless of if you live on campus or not, there is always something to do at Columbia College Chicago.

    Food and Dining

    As a commuter student attending school in downtown Chicago I often have trouble finding an affordable mean during lunch. Though a lot of the restaurants in the area offer student discounts, Columbia College's cafes located in several of the school buildings offer the most affordable meals along with a student discount.

    Dorm Life

    Even though I have not lived in a residence hall while attending Columbia, I have visited many of them, and I must say that I am pleased with the way that they are run. The residence halls have fitness centers, private music practice rooms, lounges, and one even has a graffiti room. The buildings do not look like classic university dorms but more like highrise apartments, which I believe helps student stay in the big city lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    What I really love about Columbia College Chicago is that all the work done in class is either directly relates to my major, it also opens up my mind when it comes to embracing diversity in the real world. While in school I'm not only building up my portfolio, but I am also learning and improving my tolerance about cultures that I am unfamiliar with.

    Tips for prospective students

    A lot of people talk down about art schools, but if your heart is in it and you feel as though any art school, not just Columbia College Chicago, is the place for you, go for it and tackle your dreams.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is an amazing school that embraces diversity. Not only does it allow you to express yourself in the classroom, but it also prepares you to express yourself out in the real world. This school is excellent for all creative young minds regardless of their field of study.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are endless options in Chicago. You can go to the beaches, Navy Pier, take a walk in Grant Park or Millennium Park, or hit up Wrigleyville for a good weekend!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on task when it comes to school, but don't be afraid to have a good time.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a school that offers a lot of diversity with its students. It's in the middle of a huge city, so there are endless options for everyone there. It is an awesome art school as well.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out and experience the life that Chicago has to offer. Check out a show at the Second City, go see a concert or play at one of the many theatres in the downtown, go for a walk along the lake/ hang out at the beach. The list is unlimited.

    Food and Dining

    Some really great locations on campus, but because it's in a city you get a selection of the best restaurants in a city with some of the best food in the world. So many great bakeries, burger places, and all genres of food in just a couple block radius.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a cheap and fun way to live in the heart of a city. Lots of events and functions created to get you to know everyone in your dorm and building. A little expensive but cheaper than an apartment in the city,

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of work you put into your masterpiece are the rewards you reap. You are not just doing assignments in order to get a degree, you are preparing yourself and a portfolio for your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to experience the college and city has to offer. Don't be afraid to check out local shows, restaurants, and events that an awesome city like Chicago has available.

    In three sentences

    A great art focused college that has many unique and specific programs for individuals looking for pursue a career in the arts. Located in the heart of Chicago this college gives students an inspiring and unique experience.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's in the city if Chicago. There's no set campus so it can get dangerous.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Review the information about the school well so you can follow through with

    In three sentences

    I had a good time at Columbia. The teachers were great and the things I learned there was stuff I can't learn anywhere else.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of theft-of-opportunity crimes. Meaning there's something unattended and some one steals it 'cause they can. It's not like they're mugging you. Or threatening. Just be sure to always keep and eye on your stuff.

    Greek Life

    Columbia has no Greek life but students seem to like it that way.

    Great for these types of students

    If your an art kid who wants to be in an art school. This is the place. You will be around creative individuals that will help you achieve the best of your ability and lead you to become a real life artist. Both the teachers and students.

    What to do for fun

    Again, you're in downtown. Fun is everywhere! There are constant festivals and events. Columbia itself has a ton of events with special speakers, exhibits, shows and clubs to keep you on your toes and entertained.

    Food and Dining

    Your in Chicago, you have tons of restaurants and little food joints to choose from. There are a lot of cafes and specialty food places. Plenty are cheep priced for great quality. Using the CTA you can quickly go to other neighborhoods to receive more options.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not dorming so I wouldn't really know. But I here it's fun and cool. A tad expensive but you are living in the heart of downtown Chicago so it's to be expected.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've heard and seen, just because this is an art school doesn't mean they stink with Gen-Eds. This school is very well-rounded and the classes and teachers will get improvement out of you, whether you like it or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get connections with your professors. They'll help you get the best out of you and the school to learn and grow. Take the CTA, you get a U-Pass with unlimited train and bus rides each semester.

    In three sentences

    I think it's a great school from what I've experienced. There are amazingly friendly students, teachers who themselves are professional artists and tons of opportunities to get ahead and build a great body of work. It's great for networking.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not to big on campus safety since the school is spread out. Just be aware of your surroundings at all times and don't be out at 4 am by yourself and you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    Non Exsistent

    Clubs and Activities

    Good variety of clubs and activites always encouring people to start new ones.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dance building is far I recommend biking, busing or training your way there.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is a pricey school but not the most expensive of the private college. I would ask yourself how much your willing to go into debt. Factors to consider did they give you a scholarship/ how much financial aid are you receiving does it cover most of your costs? If so i think its a great choice is your an artsy person ready to move to a big city.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city go to a bulls game, visit the art institute, go to the taste of Chicago visit the beach there is tons to do.From concerts to clubs to fashions shows etc. Chicago is a world class city there is something here for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The only cafeteria is in the University Center.Their food is kinda a hit or miss. It was either really good or you will leave hungry and unsatisfied. I would only recommend it if you live in the University Center and you don't have a kitchen in your apartment. Otherwise shop and cook in your apartment or dine out the city of Chicago has some excellent dining options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is expensive i would live on campus only the first year than just get an apartment with some friends and commute. You will save so much money living downtown Chicago is nice but not the money if you ask me.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic at Columbia are good if you are in certain major like Photography, Film,Theater and Music Business but other than that i think you can find a better school for the other programs. My program Marketing Communications wasn't very challenging i feel that college work should be much more rigorous. Every teacher at Columbia wants you to be as creative as you can in their class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Columbia is for artists who are completely dedicated and devoted to thier act or craft it is not at all your traditional university. Before coming i would make sure that you 100% dont want a traditional college experiene because you wont find it here. There are no sports games, sorities, fraterinities, spirit weeks etc. If this is something you feel you want to have in college it would be best to venture else. Columbia is a city school many students commute and if your not into big city life it will be overwhelming for you. Columbia campus is scattered around the city there is no quad or anything of that nature. You will see all sorts of people when walking to class other students, working people, professionals, homeless people and so much more. You will be exposed to the real Chicago city life and everything that comes with that.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be careful since it is the city. The thing you really have to worry about is theft. There are security guards in every building.

    Greek Life

    NONE

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, hard-working, open-minded

    What to do for fun

    It's downtown chicago! Go to Millenium Park or Grant Park between classes. The Art Institute of Chicago is just a couple blocks away. There's also State street for shopping. Just walking around you'll always find something to do. There's a lot of different shows and clubs to join as well. Just be aware and keep an eye out for them.

    Food and Dining

    Since the school is situated in the city there are food and dining choices everywhere!

    Dorm Life

    Cannot answer because I commute, but from what I've seen the University Center (shared by other colleges- DePaul, Roosevelt) is like a Hotel. Very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe academics are more focused on creating and expressing oneself. It is a liberal arts college. Overall it's not too difficult, just don't expect to pass classes without trying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very careful about which professors you take. This means everything and can truly alter your learning experience. Be open to network and learn from other students. Don't expect it to be a cake walk. Be passionate about what you're majoring in. You WILL be challenged, but it will definitely help you in the long run. I feel more like I'm working in my respective major than just simply learning.

    In three sentences

    Very hands-on learning experience. A lot more fast-paced than expected. The environment aids in creative inspiration and expression.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every building on campus has at least one security guard and every dorm has multiple security guards as well as residence assistants. Weekly e-mails were sent out when I was on campus providing students with tips and safety precautions when navigating in our urban campus.

    Greek Life

    We do not have a greek life. We are a tight knit community however full of people pursuing their passion of art.

    Clubs and Activities

    Columbia has so many clubs and organizations to join. The awesome thing is that if you want to start your own club, you can! You just have to gather enough people and talk to members of the SPB (student programming board).

    Great for these types of students

    If you have a passion for art, Columbia is the place to be. The students you meet are amazing and the classes you take truly set you on the right path to your passion.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manifest is Columbia's end of the year urban arts festival. It highlights all of the work that the graduating class has done at Columbia. It is really cool to walk around and see everyone's work. I wouldn't say it's unusual, but definitely very fun and unique.

    Bang for the buck

    We all know how expensive college can be, but I feel that I am getting my money's worth at Columbia. It is just a great environment to learn in and the campus is fun to travel to (now that I live off campus). My professors have truly inspired me and encouraged me to follow my dreams. They have often said that if I ever need anything in the future that they would be glad to help. I have yet to have any real negative experiences at Columbia. Well, finals weeks have been total nightmares, but ask any college student and they would say the same.

    What to do for fun

    The dorm I lived in my freshman year had pool tables, a workout facility, ping pong, air hockey, private music practice rooms, and various lounges equipped with flat screen TVs. That was a real plus to have so close to me. Columbia is located in the city of Chicago, often reffered to Chicagoans as the greatest city in the world. Having lived here I can honestly agree with that statement. Columbia is located near Lake Michigan which has multiple beaches and just a great hangout for any college student. The Mag Mile, Navy Pier, State street shopping are all a short distance away from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, I thought I was going to gain weight because the dining center offered so much comfort food such as pizza, burgers, fries and ice cream. A lot of junk food was made there, but they did a good job of always offereing alternative healthy meals. They even offered meals for vegans and vegetarians which made a lot of people happy. I think they have a good thing going on at the dining center.

    Dorm Life

    I spent the first year at Columbia on campus in the University Center. It was honestly the best time of my life. I met so many interesting people and have become best friends with some of those people. I highly recommend living your first year on campus because you get to experience the city and just be so close to friends and your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Columbia is a place where you will be challenged but in the most comfortable and positive way. You will definitely be opened to many new and exciting topics in your major as well as the liberal arts and sciences classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Columbia really stresses networking with other students. This doesn't just mean that if you are a film major that you should only get in contact with other film kids. It means really learning about the diverse atmosphere that Columbia has. Some of my closest friends are not from my major. Instead they are graphic designers, photographers, actors and fashion designers. It's great to learn how to digest all of the diversity that Columbia offers.

    In three sentences

    Honestly, just in my first two years at Columbia, I feel that I am well equipped to take on the film industry. Having professors who are currently working in the business, makes it that much more engaging to learn from them. I am so excited to learn even more from such a unique learning environment!

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    We have a dinning area that is pretty awesome that is located in one of a dorms located on campus if you obtain a meal plan,

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life hear is awesome everyone here is friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic is very rigor hear at Columbia.

    Tips for prospective students

    If small classes is something your prepare this is a good school for you to look into. If you being in a urban in environment like the heart of the downtown Chicago area this may be place to look into. If your looking for a school that does a lot of hands on work with students and work in your field this is the place.

    In three sentences

    It awesome school if your plan on major in something in liberal arts. They have have small classroom sizes great students and faculty. And the campus is located in heart of the city.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Columbia College Security is always driving around campus and there is a security guard is stationed at the door of every campus building! I also have security's number in my phone just in case :)

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life, but plenty to do that it is not necessary to have it.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the wonderful city of Chicago! Participate in school activities and dorm life events. Go see a musical or play or shop! The world is at your fingertips, Chicago is such an amazing city, especially for young people like us college students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up! Focus, work hard, and pursue your passion! There is no better feeling than being able to do what you love while getting a degree. You'll be thankful you worked hard in the long run. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help and take advantage of every opportunity, you'll be glad you did!

    In three sentences

    I like the school and the classes that I take. Sometimes I feel as though it does not necessarily give me the opportunities and support that I need to grow as a student and person, but that maybe be the downfall of going to a school with 18,000 students. Other than that, I am happy with Columbia academically.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there isn't really a traditional campus, I would say that I feel safe here. All of the dorms have security at the front where you would have to check in all guests before they can even enter the main building. You can also see campus security all over on there segways patrolling around the buildings. You must also remember that you will be in Chicago, so there are CPD everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs at Columbia! All you have to do is search for them yourself. There is a complete list of all of the clubs on Columbia's website to fit all sorts of interests. The only downside I would say is that there isn't much promotion of all of this clubs, but they do exist!

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, creative, inquisitive, hard-working, self-promoting, accepting, not looking for a traditional college experience, adventurous, determined and dedicated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The main thing that I can think of is the fact that we do not have a homecoming here. Although that may be a little disappointing to some, that does not mean there aren't dances. There are plenty! In fact our replacement for homecoming is the Mary Blood Ball where everyone dresses up in awesome, glamourous and drag-tastic outfits. There is also the Creepy Coming Out Ball around Halloween that is tons of fun. We also have a convocation for all of the new students that is like a huge festival and its right over in Grant Park! There are performances and food and stands all over the park. Its a lot of fun and it is definitely something to look forward to at the end of the Weeks of Welcome events that you can find out more about once you're accepted. ;D

    Bang for the buck

    Although this school is more on the expensive side, there is a lot of things that you should take advantage of that you pay for in tuition. There is a health center that you can visit whenever you aren't feeling well as well as counseling services. There is also a gym in the same building as the health center that has a lot of good equipment. Columbia also offers tutoring services as well as a portfolio center to help you out with building your portfolio (obviously). Take advantage of all of these plus lots more!

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING! You would be right in the heart of the city of Chicago. There is public transportation close to every dorm building and you can get to anywhere you want to have a good time. Boystown is just a few stops north on the red line as well as The Water Tower Place. Make sure you check out Comedy Sportz off the Belmont stop on Wednesdays for a free improv show!

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is a bit over-priced, but I think that it is way better food then you would get at your average college or university. The cafeteria is located at the University Center which is good for those who live there, but a hassle for those who don't. However there are plenty of Subway shops around as well as several pizza and other inexpensive food joints. Not to mention there are grocery stores in walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    I personally love the dorms here. There are dorm buildings scattered within a few blocks from each other, but I have to say that the University Center is my favorite. There are students from other colleges that live in this building and you really have a diverse spectrum of people. It also helps that the dorms are relatively new. :)

    Academic Rigor

    The class sizes tend to be smaller than the average college class. Although there are the occasional auditorium style classes, it is nice that you get to know your teacher on a personal level and the work is easier to get through this way.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Don't get discouraged. There are a lot of people here with a lot of different talents. Although you may think that there are a lot of people better than you, it is all about perfecting your craft. - Know what you are interested in. Columbia isn't like other colleges where you can easily switch your major at the end of you sophomore year. They have the courses set up so you will gradually progress throughout the classes and have a lot of prerequisites. Just be prepared to take longer to graduate if you do decide to change your major. - Start networking as soon as possible. This is a big thing at Columbia. Everyone encourages everyone to network and get your name out there if you can. You will be in a big city with lots of opportunities. Just take advantage of them and make yourself known.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing college, especially for those who really know what they would like to pursue. There is an amazing creative atmosphere and teachers that are all here to help. I would highly recommend this school to someone who has a serious interest in the arts and wants to network immediately.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year before summer break Columbia holds what is called Manifest. Manifest is when we take everyone hard work and show it off. You can see the hard work of film majors, music majors, dance, photography and so on. It's pretty amazing what you'll see.

    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do at Columbia. There are always posting of concerts, film showings, and plenty of other things to do. The school is right across the park which is a great place to relax or play some sports. If you like to shop, retail stores like forever 21, old navy, sears, Macy's are steps away or take a bus.

    Food and Dining

    Being in the downtown area they're are many places to sit down and eat, study, or relax. Not only that but you can take you lunch to go and eat in the park which is seconds away!

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for you is to be opened minded and get involved with the many events going on on-campus. Make loads of friend because who knows, you may need them to help with a big project. Columbia is a great place to express yourself and study what you love to do. There are many opportunities to show off what you love to do as well. This school is amazing.

    In three sentences

    Columbia has a very friendly and sociable environment. The teachers know what they're talking because they have experience with doing what they teach. The student's here are very welcoming and collaborate well with each others majors.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Non-existant.

    What to do for fun

    Student-run organizations host events throughout the week from improv comedy to singing competitions.

    Food and Dining

    The UC is Columbia's place to eat for students with meal plans. A meal plan is not necessary, however. If you're not the cafeteria type, try grub hub.com or the wide variety of grocery stores near by.

    Dorm Life

    Columbia offers a wide variety of dorms throughout the downtown campus and all of them are within walking distance to class. RA's meet with each floor on a scheduled basis. Security is also tight, especially in the evening hours.

    Academic Rigor

    To put it simply, this is an art school. There are a few over achievers here and there, but it is fairly easy to keep up with assignments. Doing the minimum will definitely get you a passing grade from most professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Columbia has many student organizations that are not major specific. Also, get to know your professors, as they are well connected to their industry and are usually willing to help you network.

    In three sentences

    I learned the hard way that you really do not a degree to succeed in the fields of study Columbia provides. Other than that, Columbia has a modern atmosphere and a great location within Chicago's South Loop. Another plus: all the teachers work in their field.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always some sort of event going on campus whether its an anime club meeting, concert, help sessions, etc. Its not hard to find something to do here.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of restaurants all around campus for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

    Tips for prospective students

    This college is located in Chicago, so that means you need to be a street wise and watch where you go. This college isn't as expensive as other art schools, but make sure you know what you want out of Columbia and get involved in classes and club activities so that you are able to get your money's worth.

    In three sentences

    Very diverse and they allow you to express yourself as an artist. The teachers are wonderful and you can tell that they are here for the students and will go the extra mile to help you out.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    there's food all around the campus

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in dorm, but my friends do. they seem to really like it because its in the south loop.

    Academic Rigor

    paying for school in order to stay in school. pay for school supplies and books. since it's art school, art supplies are expensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    save money in order to pay for school.

    In three sentences

    I love the students and the professors here! i love the people being so creative, i look up to them. but the tuition is very high, most of my friends has to transfer or drop out of school because of it. From one to ten i'll give it a 6.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    As a college Columbia is very concerned with togetherness. Although there are some 11, 000 students here we still get a chance to engage in school productions, fun events and activities, as well as complimentary lounges just to hang out together and meet one another.

    What to do for fun

    In this bustling city of Chicago, it's almost like it never sleeps. There is always something to do, whether it's just touring the city, their main attractions and vintage architecture, or their top notch shopping centers. There is always something to do and somewhere to go, if you don't know how to get there just hop on the subway or cta trains, they basically take you to every end of the city even the Sears Tower so there is no height unreachable here.

    Food and Dining

    The food is just to die for, it's almost impossible to write all there is to say about the food. Chicago is the home to so many great restaurants, bistros, and grills, that only makes it even harder to keep a nice figure. It's a great place to experiment and experience delicious entrees or a hot dog with the works.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are wonderful, the most modern style lofts with fully furnished rooms, with live in apartments, and suites. The amenities are endless, fitness centers, swimming pools, and the works, you have never seen on campus living like this.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that every skill and lesson comes with it's difficulties but here you can find the necessary tools to succeed. Professors, administrators, even the chairs over the department are friendly and so very helpful. Never be afraid to ask because they will be there to answer.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering Columbia College Chicago as a choice, no matter what major you are whether it's art, dance, communications, education, or theater, there is something for you here. This is the place for you, no matter who you are.

    In three sentences

    I rate Columbia College Chicago an A++. I love the college already and I just started attending, it is a welcoming and motivating place. I didn't feel as accepted at my last university.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    So much going on, this college has fun events, it keeps you busy, compared to other colleges.

    Great for these types of students

    Creative Students, Students who are very talented, students dedicated to their work, Students who credit themselves for there creativity.

    Bang for the buck

    Quite spendy.

    What to do for fun

    Take a walk, go shopping, find your favorite restaurants, explore the city.

    Food and Dining

    Over priced meal plans, but there are plenty of other places to eat around campus, plus if you live on campus, the dorms have a kitchen if you would like to cook your own food!

    Dorm Life

    Expensive to live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet friends as soon as you can. Make sure to get along with your room mates. Stay away from parties.

    In three sentences

    Columbia has a great atmosphere. The faculty and staff are very enthusiastic and will make you very motivated to create a successful school year. It is very nice to be in such a big college where diversity is very welcomed, I feel like I fit in, coming from a small native village of Alaska.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe Campus as long as you dont stray to far from Campus at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres a plethora of Clubs and events going on so please check them out.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like the be open and wild and carefree then Columbia is perfect. if not Columbia is still a great school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everything is unusual, but there are a lot of events that are fun and exciting.

    Bang for the buck

    The only thing that isnt a dream about Columbia is the price. This school is very expensive.

    What to do for fun

    If you live on campus then you live in Chicago and this city is a lively one. Theres never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    If you want a meal plan then go ahead because Columbia has a great food service and meal deals.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorms on campus (some better than others) They are a good size and very willing for guest and other sorts (although Columbia is a dry campus)

    Academic Rigor

    This school is based around Fine arts programs and does a great job at them.

    Tips for prospective students

    #1 Tip. Get to know as many people as possible. (helps in the long run)

    In three sentences

    Columbia College-Chicago is an extremely talented school with talented students who are accepting of all life styles. This school is so well diversed that you will not only recieve the education u need, but also the life you want. Columbia is the perfect college for students seeking a fun and great education and a great way to prepare for the life ahead.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Choose Columbia if you want the most for your money and you are serious about your craft. Don't come if you don't care and you won't follow the rules. It's a waste of your time and everyone else's.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is a great place for the creative thinker. The teachers are here to expand what you already know to help you succeed. Although a lot is expected, you will gain great knowledge through collaboration with your fellow artist.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    Great for these types of students

    Open-enrollment: More good than bad comes of this. It's an art-school where you learn skills and make contacts, not a school to put on your resume for its own sake.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Columbia is a great place to make connections, experience the city (it's right downtown!), and participate in events. Lectures, discussions, galleries, screenings, and all sorts of fun events go on all year.

    Bang for the buck

    my god is it expensive

    What to do for fun

    Pretty much downtown, with access to almost anything you'll ever need. So long as you get it before the sun sets

    Tips for prospective students

    Columbia College is going to be the best four years of your life.

    In three sentences

    The departments that shine from my experience is the Photography and Film.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artistic and music lovers

    What to do for fun

    It's in downtown Chicago. There are so many possibilities.

    In three sentences

    I love this school, I went here on a school trip when I was younger and fell in love with it ever since. I would love to attend this school soon.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go around and enjoy the city

    In three sentences

    Kind and outgoing teachers. Easy and enjoyable program. Interesting people.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    make sure to go in groups everywhere! it is Chicago, after all.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's hundreds of different clubs for all of the different races and majors.

    Great for these types of students

    anybody artsy, hipsters, rockers, hip-hop/rappers, anybody really! everything is so diverse there's a little bit that's good for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The lobbys of the dorms are always a cool place to hang out. Either that, or also just around Michigan Avenue and Grant Park you'll always see Columbia students hanging around there.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely, The dorms are expensive of course but you have to expect that living in the city, but the education is worth it and all of the experiences to share.

    What to do for fun

    There is always parties going on everywhere! If you're not into that sort of stuff, there's grant park with activities going on and in every building there's a poster with upcoming events in Chicago like concerts and such.

    Food and Dining

    All of the dorms are near restaurants, target, and if you have a meal plan it's easy to eat in your own building.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is really friendly! I live in the Plymouth court residential and everyone pretty much hangs out with eachother here.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to be sure that you stay focused on school and have drive, there is a lot of parties and distractions around but as long as you can handle yourself your teachers will see that and push you along accordingly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you signup for 12+ credits! Housing may be expensive but Columbia gives you an unlimited CTA pass to get all over with public transportation if you do so!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for film majors! One of the top schools of the country for it, I am a journalism major but I will minor in film because I got inspired by the curriculum. It is full of so many different people, and an overall fun school to be a part of.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emails are sent out about everything going on within the campus or near the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Kids who had a hard time in highschool because they weren't interested in what they were learning in their classes. Kids who want to experience art in the real world.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are incredible, the professors/teachers really know what they're doing.

    What to do for fun

    You're downtown! Right in the center of everything, by the lake, near shopping, it's awesome.

    Food and Dining

    I'm gluten free/paleo so I can't really eat much of what the school offers.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms so I don't know much from personal experience, but I've heard they're nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too much homework that would overwhelm you. Just enough to make you learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research individual classes and don't take something you're not interested in just because it fills a requirement.

    In three sentences

    It's fun and exciting, lots of activities and events going on all the time. It's unlike other schools; it really is an art school. I enjoy coming to my classes.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus during the day is safe, but at night one should just be aware of their surroundings. Always have a friend to walk with at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Since I don't live downtown, I am not able to participate in a lot of clubs and activities, but I heard it is highly recommended. If I had enough money to live down here, I would be more involved.

    Great for these types of students

    extroverts, students that are into music and fine arts. Outgoing and creative students that are willing to be open to new and interesting things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like shopping downtown, State st has awesome stores for male and female. Since I don't live here I don't really get the change to explore that often.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very expensive, I wish it wasn't so because I enjoy it a lot, I find myself struggling to get by. Although Its a great school to attend.

    What to do for fun

    Since I don't live in the city, I come down here a lot during the weekends and go to concerts or go out to Wrigley ville or Lincoln Park. Also Chicago hosts a lot of runs like 5ks and marathons, I would suggest them, they are fun and it is for a good cause.

    Food and Dining

    I don't receive those things.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms. I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    I like the classes and most of my teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Be open and friendly, don't be scared to be yourself. A lot of the students here are extroverts. 2. Get involved and connect with others. 3. Since the whole city is basically Columbia's campus, know your surroundings and be familiar with street signs, and cta buses. That will make it easier to get around especially in the winter time.

    In three sentences

    1. The staff and students are extremely friendly, inviting, and willing to help you out. 2. This school is perfect for someone that enjoys the city life. 3. I like this school because it is not too far from home.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There is security in every building and constant updates to any attacks or alerts in the area.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Bang for the buck

    It is really pricey and I don't think it is necessarily worth all the money that you put into it, but if you are looking for the perfect artsy scene than Columbia is for you. It is a very accepting and inspiring school, filled with people who will push your ideas and creative mind.

    What to do for fun

    Well, you are in Chicago! It is a city that always has something for you to do! There are clubs, restaurants, libraries, shopping (The Magnificent Mile), and Navy Pier. They light up downtown during the holidays and they have ice-rinks in the winter. If the city gets to be too much, you can always take the train to the suburbs and be in a small town with thrift stores within fifteen minutes.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan, so I can't really tell you about the food. From what I have heard from my roommates, the food is great, but the meal plan only allows 150 meals a year. That is five meals a week! It isn't worth it. It is better to just buy groceries and cook for yourself.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice. I live in a dorm that is shared with three others. I share my room with one person and it isn't bad at all. The apartment is very spacious and updated. The kitchen is very nice, I don't even need a meal plan. There is a Sky Lounge for studying and homework. The only downside is the cost. It is very expensive. Next year, I am moving off campus and it will be several hundred cheaper per month.

    Academic Rigor

    I was an honor roll student at my high school and I took Advanced Placement classes before that, so when I started at Columbia it really wasn't a tough load. I have found the academics to be mild. It is a decent amount of work, but it isn't very difficult. One just needs to be prepared to take the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work. Here at Columbia, it is very unconventional because we are spread out across the South Loop of Chicago. One has to be ready for the independence and irregular lifestyle of Columbia. Be ready to dive into your major the first year and embrace whatever your professors throw at you. Their teachings can be highly unconventional.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is interesting, engaging, and inspiring. The professors are highly trained and active in the field you are pursuing. The discussions in the class are informal and though-provoking, which in turn inspires you to continue your major and fuel your passion.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is some bad news that has happened around the south loop but as long as you're not out in odd late hours and you keep your look low key, you won't be harmed or robbed. It isn't a bad location, there havenâ??t been many complaints or reports that has been announced or seen around the south loop that is major enough to keep people away from it. A lot of people work around here, go to school here, and are walking around so it feels like a pretty safe environment.

    Greek Life

    There's not a Greek life at Columbia. Columbia thinks out of the box and does their best to try and keep it away from being as traditional as regular colleges.

    Clubs and Activities

    All the student organizations at Columbia College are all beneficial for what any student wants in between all their college work and busy days. These clubs can boost you up with the network you need, the activities you'll enjoy, to meet friends, and to relieve some stress from school. Try and get involved and check out any student organization. All the multicultural student organizations are open to any ethnicity, even if it's says something different. Clubs are like finding a home away from home. Don't over look it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any department you choose is what you'll get. Fashion, photography, film, music business, theater, performing arts, music, etc. Industry nights are great for all types of students to check out and meet great people already in the industry. M.I.C. is something all music students should check out and Big Mouth. Going to some theater or movie showcases by students would also be a good opportunity for film students to see their competition. Hundreds of events are out there every semester to check out. Try and make to them as much as you can.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manifest is Columbia's annual event for graduates to showcase their work. If you want to see what Columbia's doing, where students are going and the finished work that graduate students do, Manifest is where you should go. Also, they have an annual holiday event called Holipalooza that are run by students and is a stress-reliever for finals before you leave the school to see the family for the holidays. There are also awesome student organizations that have a lot of traditions and events that are extraordinarily unique and on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is a great place for your money if you utilize everything that Columbia has to offer. Film and photography departments really teach you how to be a professional photographer. The Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management department have a lot of great professionals to provide you with help, mentoring, and information that you will need for the real world. There are a lot of different characters at Columbia and if you have the time to check out everything that's going on at Columbia, you'll see that everyone is getting the education they asked for and it depends on how far the student will take it.

    What to do for fun

    Things to do for fun at the South Loop of Chicago are to stroll downtown in your downtime. You're not too far from Adler's Planetarium where you can get the whole view of the Chicago skyline 24/7 if on foot. Next to the Planetarium is Shedd Aquarium, Bears football stadium, and the Field Museum. You can check out the museums around the area, grant park to hang out, and have fun with south loop friends who live in their cozy high-rise condos. It's always a lot of fun during holidays and summer where a lot of festivals are going on. The Harold-Washington library is right around the corner where you can grab a book, study, or relax. If you're 21+, the south loop has a few bars but you're not too far from the real parties going on in downtown and in other colleges. If you live in the dorms, partying at the UC would be a plus.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining around Columbia is pretty nice but you better be prepared to walk. Your main subway, Dunkin Donuts, Thai Restaurant, Harold's, Thai food, Five Guys, Artist Cafe, Caribou Coffee, Starbucks, and a walking distance from Chipotle, Al's Beef, and Dairy Queen. You'll be burning through your wallet if you're a commuter because there's some good food joints that you might want to grab lunch at and they're pricey but even if they're cheaper they'll add up.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, you'll make more friends than commuters but it is pricey and not everyone becomes friends at dorms. If you're active in what you do, you won't be at the dorm all the time and if you're a commuter, you won't be home all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on what major you're in but I would say that the rigor is simple if it's something you're already interested in but you have to put you're all in it if you're going to want to shine above the rest of the students who come just to get their work done and move on. Remember that every class and its end product is something you can use in the future. Do not overlook it. The academic rigor is very useful and resourceful to the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on going to Columbia be ready to work, research, and find your own resources to find the answers you want. The resources are there but you have to find it. Columbia has so much to offer that not everything is around to remind you what it has. Always keep in loop on Columbia events, industry nights, and scholarships. Don't forget to always stay on track with financial aid and apply early for every semester. Plan ahead and try to find someone to help you balance your time if you're the type who wants to get ahead and get involved with a lot of activities. Be prepared for the crazy bi-polar student weather, don't dorm if it's too pricey, and if you commute plan an hour or two ahead before leaving your home to get to class on time. You have to find motivation on your own because you will not find it all the time at Columbia. You might even get discouraged because of so much talent and people doing the same thing as you, but you need to find motivation even if it's not outside of school. Columbia College is a great school if you take its courses seriously and take it to another level every time you enter a classroom. Everything is a possible entry to your portfolio and to potential employers. Be ready to start working from day one.

    In three sentences

    Working hard or hardly working? Columbia is one of the most resourceful creative colleges in the nation but communications between students and departments needs to be improved to create a tighter student community and students need to become more motivated to not give up before graduation. This non-traditional urban campus gives students a taste of Chicago, a glimpse into their professional pursuits, and every student has a unique look and personality that makes up Columbia.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Network as much as possible

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a great school, the instructors are very involved in the students educational experience. And the opportunities provided by the institution are priceless.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I've been to visit the school and it looks like a great school, I believe it can teach allot.

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I know plenty of people that go to Columbia and from what I hear, it sounds great! I'm a junior in high school (in Chicago!) and this will definitely be the first school I'll apply to next year.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    It is a little expensive.

    In three sentences

    I believe this school has a lot to offer! Can't wait to visit.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since your downtown safety is not great. I go by the whistle and buddy system, which means if someone fishy comes up to me I blow my whistle in their face and run. No but seriously, in the city be smart always go in a group or be aware of your surroundings. Don't have your IPhone/IPad out asking to be robbed basically.

    Greek Life

    There is none but if interested most Greeks offer state chapters for membership. Other then that you can also apply through the grad chapter or simple contact the Greek chapter your interested in for further information to see what steps you would need to take for acceptance.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some are lead great while others, ugh, still need some work and maybe some new leadership.

    Great for these types of students

    The outcast, the individual thinker, the leader, the one that just won't take no for an answer. This school is for anyone looking for something different than the norm. Columbia is for the out of the box thinker.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's not unusual but you'll find yourself at Pauly's or Toppers Pizza after a many drunken nights since there the only places open after 1am downtown. Other than that, for a great drag show check out boys town it's great for a girls night out or to make sure your boys not swinging for the other team if you know what it mean.

    Bang for the buck

    Go to Convocation. It's worth it, trust me.

    What to do for fun

    We're in downtown Chicago what is there not to do! Since Columbia party's are typically lame we also have UIC, UC, and Northwestern not to far away to ease the pain and join in their festivities. Plus you do know this is an art school right? There is always something crazy going on at Columbia.

    Food and Dining

    You have 2 options; get on the meal plan which is ok but they offer the same food all the time, or do what I do and cook for yourself. No freshman 15 for me baby!

    Dorm Life

    Awesome but when you look at the price it's so not worth it. After your 1st year find a couple of friends and live off campus. You'll save money and not have to worry about the whole dry campus rule.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not going to lie, the classes your forced to take your 1st and 2nd year are extremely easy. Almost to easy, but when you get into your main course of classes they pay you back.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out there and hit the pavement as soon as possible. Talk to your professors about the best campus groups or possible internships in the city. If your paying this amount of money to go here don't waste your time being shy, break through and make a presence your freshman or 1st year.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is what you make of it. To those who use their resources it will be the best 4 years of their lives, but to those who don't it won't. So in my opinion I love Columbia and highly recommend it!

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe here. There are sometimes creepy homeless men that talk to you when you walk at night (drunk, but for the most part harmless) but other than that it feels very safe. As long as you use your common sense, you will be fine.

    Greek Life

    Lol.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Alumni Alliance. Thats is all. If you want to meet very successful professionals in your field, working at some of the most well known and respected industries in the world, you will join Student Alumni Alliance.

    Great for these types of students

    Musicians- great atmosphere! There are a lot of people here who are very enthusiastic about their work and are always down to jam and collaborate with new people. Everyone is very supportive of each other and the older musicians can be very helpful (I'm speaking specifically about the Jazz community). The teachers are amazing and are not only working professionals but some of the top gigging musicians in Chicago. Also, there are so many great music opportunities for gigging or listening. I.e, the Chicago Jazz Showcase is located right in the center of campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Idk, dress strangely I think. That seems to be the biggest thing.

    Bang for the buck

    Eh, idk. I LOVE IT HERE, don't get me wrong, but it's expensive. They don't give a lot of scholarships, even if you're very smart and talented. They're just not very generous I guess. I did hear that older students get more scholarship opportunities though (I'm only a freshman) so we'll see.

    What to do for fun

    You're in the South Loop of Chicago. What can't you do for fun? Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Cafes, Theaters, Music Venues, Millennium Park, Museums, Art Exhibits, City Events... Plus there are so many amazing people you will meet here, you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know. I've never been to the cafeteria at Columbia because I have my own kitchen in my apartment. It looks nice though, and there seem to be a lot of options...

    Dorm Life

    Compared to state schools, Columbia's dorms are the equivalent of a luxury condo featured on MTV Cribs. In all seriousness though, these living conditions are a lot nicer than those I have experienced visiting other schools. Whether you live in an apartment or suite, you have a private bathroom to share with your roommates only. The halls and lounges are usually well-decorated and welcoming. The school advertises themselves as having music practice rooms in every dorm, but really only the University Center has practice rooms. The only thing is the price. For the amount of money I pay to live here, I could have a much nicer apartment on Michigan Ave. Just saying.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm basing this review on LAS (general education courses) classes; classes in your major are a completely different story. For the most part, the general coursework is pretty easy. Some classes require more work than others but this is an art school; you're here to study your craft, not be an astrophysicist. There are honors courses which are at a higher level and require more work and intellectual thought, so if you're one of those over-achievers, there you go.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do it. You know, the decision you're making about what to pursue; your heart or your paranoid conscious thoughts. Follow your heart. Think of this as a sign.

    In three sentences

    The majority of people here are very creative and passionate about their work. This creates a great atmosphere for making friends or collaborating on projects. Also, what better place to study the arts than in one of the largest and most important cities in the States?

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's Chicago so purchase some legal pepper spray. Campus police exist and you will see them. If you call them, they will come. But, you venture out of campus territory and your on your own. Just don't walk alone!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot to choose from. It's kinda hard to meet friends who aren't in your classes or your dorm so consider joining one you like, at least for your freshman year.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy Hipsters Passionate Creatives Socially aware Adventurers

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is expensive as heck but totally worth it. We may not have a football team, but were better for it. Passionate people pursuing what they love. Could you ask for more?

    What to do for fun

    It's Chicago. Do I really need to say more? Every college student in Chicago gets a UPASS which is a CTA pass. You technically payed for it in your tuition but it's free at the time. You have an unlimited amount of swipes for the semester. So you can go anywhere the CTA can take you for free. Wicker Park, Logan Square, Pilson, Greek town, Little Italy, Chinatown etc. Not to mention, if you live on campus you live in the downtown south loop. So just walk to clubs, shopping, parks, restaurants and more.

    Food and Dining

    There's only one cafeteria, it's in the UC. I don't think a meal plan is worth it if you don't live in the UC. Unless your a guy who never learned how to make anything other than Ramon. If you can cook (or do oven pizza/chicken nuggets), you don't need a meal plan. But the food is fine at the cafeteria and theres always a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms? Well, most of Columbia's Dorms are actually apartments. They're awesome, way better than the average college dorm. The UC is crowded, loud and not just Columbia students but people love it. The Dwight is the nicest (it's really nice) but it's the most expensive. Plymouth is the least visually attractive and kinda eerie. 2 East 8th is where it's at!! 2 East 8th may be the best, and not just because I currently reside there. The elevators suck in 2E and the wifi is awful, but other than that, it rocks.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics pretty much depend on your major. Depending on your major, you may have a TON of work and your teachers may grade insanely hard or you may have a little and teachers who grade easy. Not to mention, there's little consistency. Teachers vary in techniques, what they expect and the way they grade. Fiction Writing majors may not have an tests/exams but we have a ton of pages due every week. So it might not require studying but it does require hours of work (if you want a good grade). You can't get by with not turning in your work. This isn't high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a football team, cheerleaders, or a typical state school atmosphere: DONT COME HERE. If you're over the petty cliches of state university, read on... It may be art school but that doesn't necessarily mean it is easy, Columbia has an awful retention rate. I think that is because freshmen don't know what they're getting themselves in to. Either A. they aren't actually as talented as they thought they were. B. They don't want to pursue an artistic future (you just figured out the pays not that good?) or C. they find out that though they go to an art school they still have to do work, and a lot of it. You're paying 40k a year to go to this school, don't waste your time. If your passionate about what you want to do, come on! Even if you lack talent, to some degree that can be made up for by hard work. But, if you want to joke around and never do any actual school work, hit up a California school.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is an awesome school full of socially aware individuals who are pursuing what they are passionate about. It's a unique atmosphere different from your average college experience. But, Columbia is good at what they do and they will prepare you for an artistic future and you'll meet some great students and professors while it's happening.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Common sense is a major necessity when it comes to city living. With the U-Pass (college CTA train/bus pass that gives unlimited rides all day every day) you will be traveling a lot throughout the city. As a girl, I carry as little as I can and always use an over the shoulder bag with my handy mace close-by. Most dangerous situations are avoidable by using your head and following your gut instincts.

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, creative types, extremely passionate, and driven.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is in the heart of Chicago, aka the Loop. Every single day there are hundreds of things going on in the city and multiple events being held on campus. If you get bored, you're doing something wrong.

    Food and Dining

    Columbia has a meal-plan offered for all on-campus students. Because I lived in a dorm with a full kitchen I opted not to do this to save money and it ended up being a smart decision seeing as I was so close to grocery stores and cheap restaurants. It is something to look into though.

    Dorm Life

    The student housing offered is unbelievable. My freshman year I was placed in an apartment with a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom I shared with one roommate. We had floor to cieling windows overlooking State Street with the Sears Tower in close distance. Needless to say, I was spoiled. With those luxuries you will pay the price, housing costs are pretty high and you may find that off-campus is more economical.

    Academic Rigor

    Courseload is pretty manageable within the Art & Design majors. However, that is a small portion of what you should be doing to take full advantage of the school. If you have ample free time, fill those gaps. I say this because when it comes time to apply for a job after graduating, your competition may get the offer because they had one extra involvement that tipped the scale.

    Tips for prospective students

    Forget all presumptions on college, this is nothing like your state university. Your professors can be your closest friends, and may even have the connections that may change your life. Having a high G.P.A is nowhere near enough, you have to be involved on and off campus. The resources available at Columbia are literally endless, but a lot of graduates never knew of any because they didn't venture out of their comfort zone. Lastly, NETWORK!

    In three sentences

    Columbia will inspire you in every regard. The lively location, passionate students, and compelling professors will change your entire vision on living. Once you've experienced CCC, you'll understand why I sound like a promotional advertiser.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police and the Chicago PD are ALWAYS around.

    Greek Life

    There are NO Greek houses. Yaay!

    Clubs and Activities

    Several, too many to name..it's an arts school so there's no shortage of clubs & activities here!

    Great for these types of students

    Artists, Writers, Poets, TV Writing, Radio, Film, Dance, Theater..you name it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chicago is a big city with a TON of different things to offer within steps of the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I think you get an excellent education at Columbia because you learn real life skills, not just read textbooks. You learn to work with others and share opinions.

    What to do for fun

    This is Chicago! Museums, art shows, festivals, music venues..the list goes on & on. This is a fun city and it is safe, just be smart about where you're walking by yourself late at night, just like anywhere else in the world.

    Food and Dining

    There are cafes all over campus and you can get a book charge at the beginning of the year added to your tuition, which after you buy books, is like a credit toward eating or buying anything on campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's a great campus with lots of housing options. They have some single dorms, but the two person dorms are also really nice. There's always something going on too!

    Academic Rigor

    You cannot miss class because its really like missing two classes, due to the way the schedule is set up. If you miss 3 classes you could lose one letter grade. Show up, do the homework and you'll do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school, get familiar with the campus. The more you get involved in projects either on your own or with others, the better you will do. I was shy at first, but everyone is nice and the work becomes fun.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a very nurturing and creative environment. The people are nice, the city is beautiful and you feel like you are a part of something that's bigger than you. You feel like you can create change!

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    This is Chicago, you always have great options of what to do, just make sure you aren't alone and be safe wherever you go.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your studies and you will do just fine. Never miss class for stupid reasons, it costs too much to waste it.

    In three sentences

    I love CCC because I get to study what I want to do in the future. I feel like I can focus on my major here without being stressed over the core classes needed. This school is perfect for people who want to start a career.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is very good, dorms have two security guards at all times. Cook County headquarters 4 blocks & Federal building 2 blocks.

    Great for these types of students

    Right brain students embrace Columbia! Arts college

    Bang for the buck

    A little pricey but worth it for being in the city

    What to do for fun

    So much to do and see, always something happening on campus or in town

    Food and Dining

    Great variety of food in cafe', always clean.

    Dorm Life

    Fantastic locations, safety is great, very nice apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are tougher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit, check it out!

    In three sentences

    Columbia College has a great location, easy access to hopping on a train or bus to go home. It is right on South Michigan Ave. across from Buckingham Fountain & all the museums. Many options of Majors to choose from. In the college district many other colleges in the surrounding 10 blocks.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the beach that is not that far from the school. Also go to grand park and enjoy the scenery; also stores on State Street. We also have Millennium Park and Theater not that far from the school.

    Food and Dining

    The restaurants around our campus are really good. They have a little of everything especially that it's in downtown makes our school even better.

    Dorm Life

    I heard the dorm life is really good. I am a commuter but as a commuter it really isn't bad and you still enjoy the campus. I have stayed over at my friends dorm and I am thinking I will be moving to a dorm soon. We also have dorms that are combine together with Roosevelt, Robert Morris and DePaul.

    Academic Rigor

    I love the academic is very well put together during that semester. They teach you everything that has to be taught from old to the most updated information about the major or class your taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Columbia College focuses a lot on the major you are going for. Make sure you have all the supplies you will need for your class. Make friends from other majors. Be very active adn spread your work everywhere at the school and campus.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is a great school for those students interested in art. The teachers in Columbia aren't just professors but also have there own real job on the side. Many teachers are really informative and make class fun.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a safe and secure environment, mainly because the students treat the building and everyone in it with respect.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs vary from the departments, and there is always promotion to join clubs. However, no matter what club you may join, you will meet new people who have the same interests as you, and enjoy the club activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for technologically savvy students, as well as photographers, videographers, and artists.

    What to do for fun

    Whether it be exploring downtown, going to Millennium park, going to the college events, or simply hanging out in the dorms, there is usually always something to do here.

    Food and Dining

    The food around campus is pretty good. Aside from wings and pizza, there are places for coffee, healthy restaurants, and at least one family restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is different for everyone, based on your first impression of your room mates, and whether or not you will get along in the end, which is usually yes. The people are nice, and helpful, and fun to hang out with.

    Academic Rigor

    Yes, it is college, so the work will be intense. However, if you are really dedicated to your future, you will take classes seriously and have fun along the way. the teachers are great and helpful, and the course load varies depending on the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest, if you want to make this your college, to think long and hard about your future. This is a media arts college, but don't let your major stop you from pursuing multiple paths that will benefit you in the end.

    In three sentences

    Columbia, for any who attend, is a great school for media arts. Every person there is very helpful, no matter the major or subject. You will love the classes.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security guards are quite good, there are police officers walking around constantly. It is still the city though so you still have to be careful, I always walk my female friends home and I highly recommend constantly walking in groups.

    Greek Life

    Columbia is proud to not support Greek life. At this school, there are no sports teams, no Greek life or row, and there technically aren't any school colors. This is an arts school, not your typical university, and that's a strong reason in why I like this school as much as I do.

    Clubs and Activities

    This college has a wide variety of clubs and organizations to be a member of. Specifically the theatre department, just because you aren't a theatre major doesn't mean that you can't take part in the shows or even audition for them. It's encouraged actually. I'm so busy with working in the theatre department that I don't have time for another club or organization even if I wanted to be in one.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, awkward, artistic, loud, energetic, creative, determined, and clueless.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, there is the Hell Yeah! speech that the president of the college gives at each convocation. There is also the whole Week of Welcome that the college puts on for new students, both transfer and straight from high school, that has events to get you to see the campus and the sights and sounds around the city. This also is a chance for you to come together with people in your' department and have a meet and greet and to see who you'll be working with. During this is where I made a lot of my friends here and was overall a cool and creative way to get the new students to come and work together.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd totally say its worth it, although I'd recommend coming here as a transfer as to take the academic or general education classes elsewhere, but then you lose the experiences and people met, so I'd say its basically a draw. While the classes you'd take might suck a little, the connections and experiences you'll make will be well worth it. Just stay away from the meal plan and use the money on other food.

    What to do for fun

    Its Chicago!! There's tons of stuff to do, also Residence life does a great job of creating events and finding things for students to do. Not to mention that the theatre department is constantly performing shows that are free to Columbia students, and all the other departments have some kind of show or event to display the work the students are accomplishing. And with the U-pass that's included in admission you get to use the EL trains and the busses for free while in the semester, ever expanding what you can do and see throughout the city and its limits.

    Food and Dining

    At first the meal plan is a great thing, but then you realize its just the same 4 or 5 foods over and over again. While it is nice not having to make the food and have unlimited portions, it would be far better to just use the money from the meal plan and use it instead to buy food throughout the semester. Especially since all the residence buildings are surrounded by great restraunts, all of which offer student deals and great food. On a side note, if you live in the UC in a suite style setup, the meal plan is mandatory, but any other rooming set up, or plainly, if you have a kitchen in your apartment or room, then the meal plan is optional.

    Dorm Life

    I'd say rather satisfying, although, one of the major problems is that since it's a city campus there are guest restrictions and strict security. I speak for myself and a large group of my peers when I say that 2 East 8th Street is the ideal building for housing. Its the cheapest, has a more relaxed homey feel to it, and was renovated last year so all the apartments are brand new. I currently live in 2 East 8th and when I moved in, there was still sawdust in my cabinets. That's how new everything was. The Plymouth building isn't so bad, except for the appliances are super old and beat up and the heating and cool system doesn't like to cooperate. But don't, live in the UC, its incredibly overcrowded and run like a prison. That's because the UC, or University Center, houses not only Columbia students but 3 other colleges as well, it also just feels like its a generic place with no character. Also, each of the buildings has security guards at the front desk who monitor who goes in and out of each building. In Plymouth and 2 East 8th, each resident is only allowed to sign in 2 guest, while at the UC each resident can sign in 4 guest, only until midnight though. The guards at Plymouth and 2 East 8th are also way nicer and far more understanding and pleasant than the ones at the UC. The UC feels far more like a prison, as I stated before.

    Academic Rigor

    I personally have only taken two general education classes at Columbia and 50 percent of the time I didn't enjoy it. The only reason I stayed in the class was because one of my friends was in it. The other class I had was interesting and I looked forward to it. The professor was also entertaining as well. But I have been told that some of the other classes and professors are just terrible.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what your major is when enrolling, as soon as you get here get involved immediately and put your name out there. Being heard of and seen working is how instructors think to use you. Avoid taking the academic classes, as this is private arts school, the academics or general education classes aren't the best and I haven't heard the best things about them. Also, getting involved is a great way to meet new people and develop connections with different departments.

    In three sentences

    A fantastic place to come and learn the craft of your field with experienced and working professionals. An atmosphere to generate comradery as well as a introduction to the professional world. Overall, a great place to come as an introduction to the work force.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Even though it can be a bit expensive, Columbia is a fantastic school that will properly prepare you for a career in whatever your field is and will give you a great experience along the way.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs at Columbia. There is the Columbia Renegades which is a student made club that has a variety of different sports teams. There are many clubs available within each major.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria and many vending machines around but since you are in downtown Chicago there are plenty of places where you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are the most expensive part about Columbia. With that being said, there are different dorm types for students to choose from. Finding a dorm that you think will suite you is easy.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic courses cover a wide variety majors. The teachers also work in their perspective fields so students will be learning from people with real world experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Determination to be successful in your field is the key to doing well. A person with a willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams will do quite well at Columbia.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a place where there is a wide variety students who are all determined to be successful in their respective fields. Columbia has the resources for anyone to chase their dreams which could range anywhere from musical theater to video game design. It truly is a place where you can live what you love.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outcasts

    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of clubs and activities in which Columbia sponsors, not to mention it is in the heart of the city.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter, but I've heard nothing but good things about the dorm life

    Tips for prospective students

    Be social and meet people! They will further benefit your life and education in the long run

    In three sentences

    A fantastically open to all college. Columbia not only welcomes students of all sorts of personalities, but also offers a great education. A safe haven for networking fanatics out there.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    none.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic. Creative. People are who aren't extremely social.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Their welcoming ceremony for freshmen was fun. There is a concert, free food, and a inspiring speech. Unlike any other welcoming event unlike any other welcoming event I've heard of.

    What to do for fun

    If you don't have a fake i.d there is not much that you can do if you aren't over 21. Otherwise, there are evens at the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not very artistic and creative this is not the school for you. If you are looking for more of a community environment and campus than Columbia is not for you.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is a very creative and artistic school. The campus is thrown into the city of Chicago mostly around the South Loop side of downtown. Students really get the city experience.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe...always be aware of your surrounding though!

    Greek Life

    non existent at Columbia

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs to join we even have sports teams/clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy students that I very open minded...Columbia students come from everywhere!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The loft is the hang out spot on campus...get to know it well!

    Bang for the buck

    Your experience here at Columbia is well worth the price

    What to do for fun

    You're in Chicago there's plenty to do!

    Food and Dining

    lots of amazing places to eat on campus and the majority give you student discounts

    Dorm Life

    We have the best dorms and you are living smack dab in the middle of where it all happens...downtown Chicago!

    Academic Rigor

    Class aren't that intense here at Columbia

    Tips for prospective students

    Create you creative posse! They stress this at orientation so get to know your fellow students!

    In three sentences

    Columbia College is an amazing school! The school is great for networking in your field because all of your professors truly are working professionals. Also the campus is really diverse! It's a great for the arts!

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    -Do your research -Try to connect with future students

    In three sentences

    A very welcoming environment. They encourage students to interact and collaborate on projects.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have not had any problems, just be aware of your surroundings.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities within the Columbia campus buildings. If you don't find one you like start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Columbia is very diverse and is great for all types of students.

    What to do for fun

    Museums, art galleries, concerts and just being in the city makes for lots to do for fun. Just hanging out at the dorm or the University center with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be flexible, social and ready to study. Columbia offers it all. Go with it!

    In three sentences

    Columbia rates a 10 for teachers, diversity and location in the city. I love the ability to get around easily to classes and the interaction with other students from all over the country.

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The dorm security are strict, but also very nice. They keep us safe. As for campus building security, I only see them once in a while.

    Greek Life

    DOESN'T EXIST!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a variety of clubs. From a Christian Club to a Doctor Who club.

    Great for these types of students

    Film Students who are open to all areas of film. As for other majors, I wouldn't know.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The welcoming of new students was pretty cool. All the new freshman and transfer students got to chant HELL YEAH together. It was exciting at the moment. They also have a bunch of clubs there to check out and free food. Other than that there is Manifest, but I haven't been to that.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is expensive. Food gets expensive. Sometimes, your major/classes require you to spend money. You can try to get a job on campus, but good luck because they take forever to reply back to you and don't answer when you call to see if the job is still open.

    What to do for fun

    There are no sports and no parties. Sometimes they show movies and sometimes they have performances at the school. There are a bunch of broadway theaters around, that will give students discounts. Sometimes, there are shows with big artists around, but no where near the school. Other than that, there is just shopping.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria, which I have never been to, because I heard it's expensive. There are places to eat around. The average amount you will spend at those places is $7. I usually cook a meal at home. Get your food from Jewel(near 1104 Wabash) or take the train and go to Walmart. If you really have to, go to Target. You will spend a little more, but it's convenient.

    Dorm Life

    They have little parties at the dorm every couple of weeks. Mostly the freshman and party students go. You can't really call them parties because it's totally supervised with all the cameras that watch you and RA's constantly on patrol. There are no parties allowed in the dorm and loud noises are usually taken care of right away.

    Academic Rigor

    The work isn't very hard. If you do it, you'll pass pretty much. It's mostly just your ideas being edited into a final solid piece.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work with some big ego students and some down to earth students. The teachers know what they are talking about, sometimes. Make sure you talk to your advisor before choosing classes and try to get an advisor who hasn't been working there for only a couple of weeks.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College is very big on collaborating with other students. You are sometimes limited on certain things when trying to make your ideas come to life. The professors have experience in classes they are teaching.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Low reports of crime (if any) and it's a dry campus (there really is hardly any drinking and such on this campus).

    Greek Life

    There's no Greek life, but other Chicago schools have it and you could pledge to a local chapter in the city if you want.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs and HUNDREDS of activities to get involved in. There's a student run: newspaper, TV station, radio station, nightclub, and music label. The newspaper received a local Emmy award.

    Great for these types of students

    Every year they have this huge festival/exhibition called Manifest where everyone shows off their stuff. Dancers perform, actors put on a play, video game creators have people play their games, filmmakers show off their films, music producers play their music, artists show off their art, designers have a fashion show, etc. And important people come by to possibly pick up potential talents/workers.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of all the colleges I really looked into detail about, this is the most expensive one. On the other hand, they do have the best programs, resources, teachers and alumni so I guess having success in the future will eventually make college pay for itself. Plus, you are almost GUARANTEED a job and/or internship if you go here.

    What to do for fun

    There are at least 700 concerts and recitals and art galleries/exhibitions and plays, etc s year JUST at Columbia. Not mentioning the fact that all US artists and performers stop in Chicago to perform and there are sports games to attend (I'm a Bulls fan). And there's the Navy Pier and Lake Michigan and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    I hear the food there is cool, but it's Chicago.....there are a million food places to go. Plus a lot of the dorms have kitchens in them if you want to save money. There's a Dairy Queen, Dunkin' Donuts, and a lot of other places among the class buildings. Also, the famous Giordanno's Deep Dish Pizza is a taxi drive away.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Columbia are amazing. They used to be regular Chicago lofts/condos so they are extremely livable and not all cramped like a normal dorm. Plus, they have studios in the dorm building so that even outside of class you can still work on your craft. All colleges should do this!

    Academic Rigor

    I never heard anything special about their academic ranks, but I know they have an honor school which I might look into. The fact that they have teachers in this field is amazing. You don't want people that couldn't even do whatever it is they wanted, but try to teach you how to do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think if you want to go here you have to be REALLY into your craft because you are literally involved in it from the time you wake up til the moment you fall asleep. Everyone there is passionate about what they do so take it seriously.

    In three sentences

    This school is expensive, BUT worth every penny. The resources are amazing and the location is the best. The vibe at Columbia is passionate and driven and non judgmental.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very Safe.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life.

    What to do for fun

    Anything in the city! Jump on the red line or blue line and go anywhere in the city within minutes from where you are and enjoy the city life!

    Food and Dining

    If you live in one of the apartments you might opt out of eating at the University Center, otherwise that's where you can eat with a meal plan. The food is decent, the deli counter is the best to get food from, but otherwise there is a nice varitiy of food to choose from everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Plymouth is a very homey dorm building with nice sized apartments furnished and with a kitchen and bathroom. There is always a security gaurd on duty and to get into the elevators and rooms you have to key in so it is very safe. There is a laundry room in the basement and there is also a fitness gym and a pool table in the lobby.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Columbia College Chicago can be tough and push you to think or be outside the box, but they are nothing that you can't handle. The teachers are professional and know what they are teaching and expect you to work hard and not slack. You cannot get away with doing nothing and still pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have the passion, drive, and interest in the arts come to Columbia because you will find so many classes that expand your knowledge in the arts. This school will teach you how be in the 'real world' with your career choice and they strive to push you for greater opportunities with your work.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is a diverse community of young adults that strive for professionalism. This school offers many classes for your specific major and for your own exploration in the arts. The teachers are professionals working in their line of work outside from teaching at Columbia so the advice and learning environment is very real and true to what you want to do.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is great and police are always patrolling the areas - but be smart and use common sense.

    Greek Life

    None - it's art school, kids.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from as well as the option to create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy kids!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey, yes, but you get what you pay for and the experiences is so worth it!

    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING! You are in CHICAGO! See a show, go on a sight-seeing tour, explore the city, try new restaurants, go to industry events - anything is possible and everything is accessible.

    Food and Dining

    The University Center is a great place to dine and meet new people - even work on homework! Other than that, the city has tons of convenience stores and restaurants everywhere you look so there is always room to try new things. However, I suggest that all freshman get a meal plan - it's one less thing you have to worry about!

    Dorm Life

    Security is tough, but rules are there for a reason - obey them. You will make friends who live off campus, so never feel trapped in the dorms - they have all the amenities and utilities you need!

    Academic Rigor

    Columbia is as challenging as you make it - assignments tend to be broad so that students can relate them to their major and interests. You can choose to be as lazy or as involved as you allow yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that you're going to an art school in the heart of a major city - this will not be like high school or any traditional college so expect to be thrown into the mixing bowl that is Chicago. Learn all you can about your major including faculty backgrounds, new/popular courses, and connect with other students within your major to create great collaboration opportunities. NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!

    In three sentences

    Columbia is an amazing school with great professors, students and opportunities. There are so many chances to network with outstanding professionals and it's all up to the students to take the initiative and get plugged in to all that Chicago has to offer. This is a great school for anyone interested in the entertainment industry!

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Columbia lets its students enter programs besides their major as electives. A student can work on a wide variety of mediums to put their potential to its fullest use.

    Food and Dining

    Columbia is basically in District one of Chicago, which is a bustling city full of flavors to explore. From deep dish pizza to red hots, the food is fairly priced and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Columbia offers apartments where you can live with roommates from Columbia without feeling like you are trapped in a dorm. It is still best to be responsible and stay on top of bills, but you also have the privacy of your own place if you are willing to pitch in.

    Academic Rigor

    Columbia is a private liberal arts school where working hard equals success. You can't just slack off, you only get back what you are willing to put in, but that final product will be more than worth the effort along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start searching for scholarships early because Columbia is a private school and is expensive, but the skills gained will be worth the cost. If you get scholarships early you also won't have such a strain later in the year to get all your finances in order for attendance.

    In three sentences

    One of the most promising schools I talk to in my search. I love the way the classes are set up, with all students being able to join all programs. The cost will be more than worth the returns.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent campus safety!

    Greek Life

    None :) and it's better that way!

    Clubs and Activities

    Student organizations, and intramural sports, but not a sports or greek school

    Great for these types of students

    Creative types. There are no Fraternities or Sororities here, the entire school is your community so there is no exclusivity among the student body, everyone is connected. Collaborations are encouraged and many students in a way, teach each other. Networking is key.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year the school shuts down part of Chicago for Manifest. It's a festival specifically set up to showcase Junior and Senior student's work. There's an industry night, where people who work in each student's field are available to meet and speak with and they watch the student showcase's as well. You get the opportunity to shine and network at the same time. Students zipline through the festival, concerts go on, food is free, you can check out anything from student made movies, to readings, to student made video games, to comedy improv features, etc. The list goes on and on. This is only one unusual and fun tradition, Columbia College of Chicago has many unique events and student geared celebrations to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    I've never had an education like this, and this is my third and final college. I have worked in admissions offices before at other schools and every dime that you pay for in tuition at this school, is well spent and an excellent investment. It's an investment into your future.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city! Attend any of the free readings from visiting authors or students, often there are several a week. Check out free screenings, festivals, and other activities hosted by the school.

    Food and Dining

    Food is available in the UC and many options throughout the city.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent, dorms located right down town a block or so away from classes.

    Academic Rigor

    This school challenges and stretches you. It molds you into an artist who can work in any condition. If you go to class and do the work and do the best that you can, you will succeed. It's the kind of place where what you put into it is what you get out of it. No one is going to force you to work, you have to want to be here, and want to create your body of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and keep in contact with admissions counselors. They will help you every step of the way. Make trips to the school in person if you're able. In person is so much better, because you truly get a feel for the school, and you become familiar with the people working in each office.

    In three sentences

    Truly the best school I've ever attended. It's focused on catering to the individuality of each student, while offering the broadest Liberal Arts education that's available. The technology, community, resources, class sizes, and opportunities offered at CCC are unparalleled and one-of-a-kind.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sometimes the downtown areas get a little sketchy at night, but as long as you're not traveling alone and with headphones stuffed in your ears, you should be okay.

    Clubs and Activities

    iO Theater, The Second City, Blues Fest, Jazz Fest, The Taste of Chicago, Blackhawks Hockey, Chicago Bears Football, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Sox Baseball, Comedy Sportz, The Laugh Factory.

    Great for these types of students

    Filmmakers, Artists, Adventurers, Designers, Fun-Lovers, Connoisseurs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grant Park is right across the street from the Film/Video building, and there is always something going on there, especially during the summer.

    Bang for the buck

    If you take full advantage of the offered services and resources of this school, you will take a lot away from Columbia.

    What to do for fun

    This city is packed with life and fun loving individuals. The night life is nonstop everywhere you go, and the people are friendly and accommodating. The biggest scenes are perhaps the theater and comedy scenes.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of amazing places to eat in this city, and there isn't a person in the world who couldn't find the desired cuisine. It may take a train ride though.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't plan on paying attention in class or taking your education seriously, don't attend Columbia College Chicago. This school is amazing if you are seeking to retain your education and become better at what it is you love to do, but if you slack off, the wisdom of the teachers and lessons will be lost on you.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is a great place for aspiring artists to learn to hone their skills, broaden their knowledge and experience, and brand and market themselves. The tuition is high, but it is well worth it if you take full advantage of all the resources provided. This school, for me, has been all about connections, networking, and learning to collaborate.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a city. Things happen. It's important to be aware at all times, travel with friends, and don't go into unknown areas alone at night.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have pages on our website dedicated to clubs and its easy to find and become involved in the ones that are right for you.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for those who have a passion for art, and know what they want to do with it. Best for those who have passion and drive, and are willing to work hard for their career.

    Bang for the buck

    It's very expensive. Including room and board the general cost is $40,000. With scholarships and government aid, it goes down, but I had to take on the RA position to get free housing. Take into consideration that your helping to pay for state of the art equipment that will help build your portfolio, as well as paying for the knowledge and connections your teachers can share.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and programs you can get into. Honestly the classes are fun as well. Living in Chicago is an amazing opportunity, and it's easy to take advantage the resources around you.

    Food and Dining

    Not many people utilize the meal plan, but the dining center has sandwiches, a grill, comfort food, a salad bar, Chinese food, and prepackaged food. It's all pretty tasty, but the menu is on repeat the whole year.

    Dorm Life

    Apartment style dorms give you amazing independence, especially since the campus is stretched across downtown Chicago. The students are pretty friendly, and your surrounded by creative intelligence that is amazingly inspiring. As an RA, I get to interact and help the students on my floor, and it's a fulfilling job.

    Academic Rigor

    This school will challenge you, but in ways that are exciting, and usually within the realms of your intended career. It will push your creative limits, and drive you to build things you've never imagined.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important to remember that your portfolio won't build itself! You're not going to an art school to show an employer your degree; you go to build an impressive portfolio. Make sure your classes are helping you build one, or perhaps your program isn't right for you- and always use your free time to work on your craft.

    In three sentences

    I am Columbia. This statement really captured me when it came from the lips of students past during my freshman orientation. This is a diverse community full of creative energy and potential, with amazing teachers guiding you to your path of success.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a group or go see the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dorm was good food. Sometimes the schedule of when the food was being served was a little difficult to work around because it was hard to eat there between my classes.

    Dorm Life

    Living on the dorm for only one semester was a new experience. I did have good roommates. I was able to talk to my roommate before moving in, but I wish I would have been able to contact my suit mates as well, before moving into my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Columbia allow everyone to be as creative as they would like and also push students to think outside of the box and grow as a person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with as many activities as you can and don't be shy to be yourself. Columbia is open and welcoming to everyone and allows you to be yourself.

    In three sentences

    From the moment I went to the open house at Columbia, the community has been very welcoming and helpful. They have created a safe and warm environment to learn and work in. There are so many opportunities to be creative and get involved in the community which is a different, yet very exciting, experience for me.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manifest in the spring time is a must! Wicker Park has some great hangouts, especially the Wormhole. The Lincoln Park Zoo is always free. A lot of people can be seen at Bar Louie at Dearborn Station. The Loft is a fun spot to relax on-campus. The bean is always fun to visit.

    Bang for the buck

    It is completely worth the money to go to Columbia because you not only get an education but so many opportunities and connections for a future career!

    What to do for fun

    Explore, Explore, Explore!! The city is our campus and there is always a new adventure to be had. Grab a friend and get on the CTA. You may just end up finding your new hangout in one of the neighborhood coffee shops.

    Food and Dining

    I did not have a meal plan so I can not speak for that, but the food that you can get on-campus (our campus is the city of Chicago) is excellent. There are plenty of options from Indian food, Mexican, Italian, American, Thai, and really anything your heart desires. It is not too expensive either. There are also plenty of grocery stores available to you including Jewel, Trader Joe's, Aldi and more.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome because they are all apartments. Security can be annoying at times, but honestly they are there to keep you safe and that is important to have, especially in the city. There is always something going on in the dorms as, and you get a lot of free stuff!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics make you work, but mostly it is work that you will enjoy because you should be passionate about it. The teachers here want you to succeed and they help you out in more ways than one. It is very easy to get an A in anything you set your mind to, however you do have to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to live out your dream than this is the place to be. Located in downtown Chicago, Columbia is full of life. Don't be afraid to live what you love because in the end you will not regret it when you go here!

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is unlike any other school. Here you learn about what you are passionate about. It is a school for and by creatives and there is always something new and exciting to do.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    No.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of Clubs and activities! There's a club for every major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Columbia has an alumni song.................No one knows how to sing it. For sports, we watch the hipsters.

    What to do for fun

    Shop! Eat! Go to the Library! Hang out in The Loft! You'll never be bored, trust me.

    Food and Dining

    Downtown Chicago? There are so many food places you can't even imagine.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful, engaging, you actually feel like you're at home. Staying on campus should be a requirement! If you commute back and forth to campus you don't get the full experience. Living on campus, you meet so many people and are able to hear about the variety of programs.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes push you and professors want to see you succeed. Ultimately, though, its your choice on how far you want to be pushed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to become inspired and get ready to get engaged! There are so many activities going on on campus and in the classrooms. Explore! The downtown area of Chicago is your campus.

    In three sentences

    Live What You Love. The Motto for the best arts school in the whole country. Columbia College Chicago is the best, even the $42,000 cost of attendance is worth it.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything! Go outside and go for a walk. Go to the park. Go swim in the lake. People-watch from your window. If you can't find something to do for fun, there is something wrong with you.

    Dorm Life

    I personally love living downtown Chicago. There is always something to do. Student housing is awesome.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and get to know your teachers because they currently work within the fields they teach.

    In three sentences

    I am able to practice what I love here. Although it is hard work, I enjoy what we learn and do in class. I couldn't have made a better choice.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    You live in the middle of the city, go explore! You can go to the lake, shopping! You can also chill in the dorm or gym

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is huge. It has everything you could possibly want. They also have an amazing salad bar

    Dorm Life

    University center is amazing! The cafeteria is huge, and the weird colors and architecture is awesome! The rooms are beautiful and you have a great view of chicago from your room.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are amazing. They are also currently doing things in their field outside of the college which is col

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a school for you if you are looking for something artsy it will really suit you, its not a typical college!

    In three sentences

    This school is dream come true. It is everything you would want for a creative mind, and in a perfect city.

  • 08/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am not familiar with greek life at Columbia. It does not seem to be a frat/sorority school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are always things going on for those who like to participate in school programs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Any person who has a passion for art would like Columbia College.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Being in the middle of Chicago, there are always lots of fun things to do. I like to go shopping, visit museums, and visit local restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus. I never eat at school.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to school.

    Academic Rigor

    There are lots of projects that demand a lot of time. The amount of scholarly work required though is minimal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Embrace your own preferences and personality. Get to know as many people as possible including professors.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a very diverse school that offers programs and activities for anyone looking to enter an artistic field. The professors are experienced artists with great insight. Most of the students are open and friendly.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The programs look both fun and very useful to get me started in my industry. The cost is not too ridiculous, especially for all the resources you have. I'm excited to visit!

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None, that I know of.

    Great for these types of students

    Creative, Open-minded, innovative.

    What to do for fun

    What NOT to do for fun should be the question here! You're in downtown Chicago. There's so much to do. Just walk a few steps and you're at Grant Park, which is a sight to see itself! There's plenty of parks, museums, the aquarium, concerts, the art institute, shopping, sears tower skydeck- and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining around campus has such a large variety of options on types of food and costs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Columbia is quite the experience. Though it is much more costly than living off campus, the dorms are recommended for first year students. My first year at Columbia I live in the Dwight, which was nice considering they weren't your typical dorms. At the Dwight, and a few other dorm residences on campus, the building has furnished apartment style rooms, which seems to be much better than your normal dorm layout.

    Academic Rigor

    Students here at Columbia learn what it takes to be the best at what they want to do. They are given that extra push to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago has to be the best school for the arts and entertainment industry in the country. Classes are taught by professors who currently work in the industry that they are teaching, which is very helpful. The people who make up Columbia's student body are all very diverse and the most interesting individuals you will ever meet.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have felt safe with building security. They ask to see identification now and then.

    Greek Life

    I am not familiar with this area.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many opportunities to volunteer for events. Networking can land a great job! There are also work out classes and safety classes provided in some buildings.

    Great for these types of students

    Columbia College is a school full of outgoing, brilliant, and extremely creative students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Non that I am aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia classes help understand why staying relevant with the world is very important. This education helps you broaden your outlook professionally and personally. I am very happy to be a student at Columbia College!!!

    What to do for fun

    There is Millennium Park to check out in the area. The lake is a bus away for relaxing study time or as a jog break. There are theaters with great shows in the area.

    Food and Dining

    Columbia College is right in the heart of Chicago therefore, surrounded by many affordable dining areas for various taste. Many quality food spots are at walking distance. For coffee drinkers there are Starbucks and Dunkin' Doughnuts near by.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms, but I have seen they are well equipped with study areas, entertainment areas, and have security. The apartments have beautiful views and are roomy with kitchens. There are noise proof study rooms for music majors.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors state what they expect out of a student right away, the syllabus usually set, with minor changes. Professors can be flexible in certain circumstances because life happens. The assignments are fun and enriching, be ready to learn much more than meets the eye.

    Tips for prospective students

    Organize time wisely for study, homework assignments, and projects. Always as questions if something is not clear, you may even be asking a question other classmates may not be clear with. Let your beautiful imagination flow because it makes you one of a kind.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College is home of creativity and opportunity in the beautiful heart of Chicago! The professors genuinely care for students and go an extra mile to help, the same goes for the advising and financial staff. The college has had all the resources necessary for projects and assignments.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The RA's (Residence Assistance) and the 24 hour security on the first floor are always active and alert. In addition to that, each and every student have a card key to use to leave in and out of their apartments and it allows security to know who have went in and out of their dorms.

    What to do for fun

    The college is always giving out times for many events such as a beach party, eating free pizza, learning new students name through a scavenger hunt and many more. Students are also allowed to tell the Student Board about what else they would like to see.

    Food and Dining

    There are many stores that are within walking distances. There are a couple of Subways, one which is by the Dwight apartment and the Pan's Pizza and Dunkin's Donuts is also next to Columbia's Dwight apartment. Jimmy John's and a Target store is a couple of blocks away so many students are sure to grab whatever they want to eat without worrying about going far away from their dorms.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at first can start off slow and students may have to clean up their apartments when they first move in but the pace starts to pick up as the school year gets busy to relate more with roommates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be prepared and do not hesitate to ask the RA leaders on each floor for help. Also, remember the streets downtown.

    In three sentences

    The college always have events ready for students to participate. No matter what time, there is always something to do. In addition, the diverse people at the College are outgoing.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything, you're in a great city

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out and explore Try to meet as many people as possible

    In three sentences

    It is amazing so far. The students are interesting and the facility is caring. The fact that it is in an exciting city just make everything even better.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    TH SAFTEY OF COLUMBIA IS VERY SECURE, THEY HAVE SECURITY THOUGH ALL RESIDENCE LIFE AND WE HAVE SAFTEY CLASSESTHROUGH ORIENTTION TO GET YOU USED TO THE BIG CITY.

    Great for these types of students

    FASHION DESIGN THEATRE MAJORS PHOTOGRAPHY GRAPHIC DESIGN

    What to do for fun

    COLUMBIA IS LOCATED RIGHT IN THE HEART OF THE CTY. SOOTHERESPLENTY TO DO. THERE ARE LOTS OF SHOPPING STORES AND THE LAKE IS NEAR BY SOO THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO LIKE FOR INSTANCE, BEACH VOLLEYBALL, FESTIVALS, KYAKNG, AND CONCERTS AT THE PARKS.

    Food and Dining

    THE FOOD AT THE SCHOOL IS PRETTY GOOD , BUT THE RESTARAUNTS AROUND ARE EVEN BETTER. BECAUSE YOUR IN THE CITY THERE ARE MANY RESTARAUNTS LIKE SUBWAY, MC DONALDS, HAROLD'S CHICKEN, SUSHI BARS, PIZZA JOINTS, JIMMY JOHNS AND SMALL GROCERY STORES ALL AROUND.

    Dorm Life

    THE DORMS ARE AWESOME!! THEY ARE MORE UP TO DATE AND ARE MORE AN APARTMENT STYLE DORMS. THEY COME FULLY FURNISHED, WITH FLAT SCREEN TV'S , FULL KITCHENS FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO COOK, AND SOME RESIDENCES COME WITH POOLS AND FITNESS AREAS, COMPUTER ROOMS AND LAUNDRY AREAS.

    Tips for prospective students

    BE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF ALL FINANCIAL AID MAKE ALL DEADLINES PRIOR TO SCHOOL INFO FILL OUT AS MANY SCHOLARSHIPS AS POSSIBLE

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is a very diverse school. With it's great location, you will have opportunities to explore and market. Columbia college is a great start for any student who wants to jump right into their profession.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In every Residence Life building there is a security desk managing the flow of people coming in and out of every building. There can only be a certain number of guests per student and certain rules apply. Non residents can only enter the buildings if a student checks them in. In the Columbia classroom buildings, there are security desks and officers on the main floor by the main entrances to ensure safety and take care of any suspicions. Columbia also has Campus Security who drive around in cars along the streets of the South Loop and can be contacted if needed.

    Greek Life

    Columbia is so focused on being creative and successful that there is no Greek Life on campus. Columbia is very proud of not having sororities or fraternities because it is a dry campus and does not feel the need to partake in Greek Life to have a good college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all sorts of clubs and activities here at Columbia. We may not have official sports teams but there are clubs that meet to play sports just like the clubs that meet to make films or work in the photography lab. I'm pretty sure you can find a club for just about anything here at Columbia. There are always many activities to do or participate also whether the school puts them together or you find them in the city on your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Columbia is great for the artistic type of student who is constantly creating and not paying attention in class because he or she is doodling. That's accepted here because everyone is always expressing his or herself. It is a good school for people who have felt like they don't fit in anywhere else because they like different things or they dress uniquely or have crazy hair with a lot of piercings or tattoos. All of that is seen as a form of expression and creativity here. People who want to strive and be successful but are fearful of what a career in the arts will hold for them belong here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are not many unusual traditions at Columbia but an unusual yet awesome location exists in one of the housing buildings. The Dwight residence hall has a graffiti room on the twelfth floor. Every year the walls and floors are painted white and students or visiting guests are allowed to paint or draw whatever they'd like, wherever they'd like. Many of the classrooms at Columbia don't have desks or lecture hall seatings because the classes are smaller in number but bigger in space because of the content of the class. The whole campus is Mac based so that's pretty unusual and awesome too.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is one of the best schools around for the fact that the faculty and programs are so efficient when helping students become successful. Most students who graduate from Columbia find themselves with internships while still in school. That is a great way for a student to start his or her career.

    What to do for fun

    Columbia always has so many events happening on a daily basis so there are endless opportunities of fun things to do. There are dance performances, film showings, concerts, exercise classes like Yoga, Pilates, or Zumba, and plenty of art galleries or exhibits to attend. There are also many professional guest speakers that come to Columbia's different departments. If Columbia events are boring to you and the common areas don't interest you, there is a whole city of things to do like hopping on a bike and going for a ride down Lake Shore Drive, shopping at the stores along the Magnificent Mile, exploring new food options, taking pictures while walking around the city, going to museums or Navy Pier, and so much more. Being at Columbia gives you endless opportunities not only through the school but in the city also.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone who is dorming at Columbia has the option of receiving a meal plan. If you live in a dorm where you have your own kitchen you can opt out of having a meal plan and use your kitchen. The downside of having a meal plan is that the food court is only located in one of the residence hall buildings so if you do not live there you have a few minute walk between you and your food. I have heard that the food is delicious so it is worth the walk. There are many local fast food places and dine-in restaurants in the South Loop so that is always a great option!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Columbia are by far some of the nicest dorms on a college campus. Many of the dorms here are apartment style dorms where students have the option to have their own bedrooms but share a kitchen, bathroom, and living space with other students. The dorms or apartments are nicely furnished and very up-to-date with appliances.The four residence life buildings at Columbia are very clean and safe. There are plenty of activities and common areas in each building that allow students from every floor to hang out and get to know each other. Dorming is a great idea because it helps students meet other students and lets you experience life in the Windy City since you are living in the South Loop.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very important at Columbia, almost as important as the majors themselves. There is a strong focus on liberal arts or as many people call them, gen eds. Even though this is an art school, Columbia puts emphasis on these classes because everything can be connected back to the arts and your major in some way. Columbia also emphasizes the importance of a student getting his or her degree which shows that they do push their students to strive for success and nothing less.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not assume that just because you are going into an art field and studying at an art school that the classes will be easy and you won't be doing homework. All of the courses at Columbia, Honors Program or not, are designed to push the students and connect everything back to their majors. Always try your best and stay creative because the staff and professors only want to see you strive and be successful!

    In three sentences

    Columbia is an excellent school for anyone going into any art field. The school truly focuses on each individual and his or her major from the very beginning while still maintaining adequate, general knowledge. The diversity and acceptance at Columbia is very unique and rare which makes the creative experience even better.

  • 10/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None.

    What to do for fun

    Navy Pier, film screenings, plays, concerts, hang out with your friends, HAVE FUN.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't have a food plan so I don't know but my roommates did and they liked it a lot!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! The dorms are so beautiful and clean that it's hard not to have a tough time adjusting.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty moderate but more difficult in your major which makes sense because those are the classes that really matter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore everything. Make tons of friends. Go out on the town. Squeeze every last opportunity out of Columbia that you can.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is the best place to go if you know exactly where you want to go with your passion. Everyone here is so creative and collaborative that it's difficult not to be inspired by your peers. To top it off, the teachers know exactly what they're talking about and are super wise, so listen!

  • 10/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I went to one of the open houses and it was there hat I fell in LOOOOVVVEEE with chicago. before i went i only thought that chicago was what i wanted then

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be serious this in Chicago. DOWNTOWN Chicago. In the south loop. I've lived in Chicago all my life and I can say this is one of the most dangerous areas in our city more dangerous then the south side. A lot of people come to this city and not consider their safety. They go to parties, stay out late, get drunk, get raped, or go missing. Now this isn't to scare you away it's just to warn you that if your gonna go have fun late at night or far from the campus do it in groups, be smart about what you consume and who you hang with. But besides that it's a fun area so go explore! See the bean and the water tower!

    Greek Life

    There is mention of Greek life but I haven't seen it on campus lately.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to even think about. One tribe, Black student Union, Muggles Association of Columbia. What ever your interest there is a club and if not you just need to make one. There are a lot of campus events that are posted all over the school just last week Yo Goti performed and Trey Songs also came and performed.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a campus good for people who want to be themselves, like being weird, and meeting as equally weird people. If you like being normal with jocks and cheerleaders this isn't the school for you. It's a very trendy art school with no sports team, school colors, or known school spirit. This school is only good to those who want to make it good for themselves if you come in thinking the school is bad then you will get a bad experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Columbia has a lot of cool places such as underground cafes for students and certain areas for your major that you can check out materials for free. The learning studio (homework help) , college advising, major advising, and portfolio center (career help) are set up to help you come out with the best portfolio for your major. There a various on campus jobs from newspaper editor and clerk. The school library is five floors and

    Bang for the buck

    All I can say is i'm loving it, I'm making friends that will last and slowly building relationships with equally artsy people like me. I enjoy my classes and love the lounge rooms with the hammocks. So far so good. Though some classes require you to buy certain materials for their class. I've taken a photo class and spent $100 dollars buying film and photo paper for that class and I'm not a photography major. If you can find away to cut corners to save money for food DO IT.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs around, on campus parties, and school events. There is equipment and resources available to make and since your in Chicago there is always something to do a concert or a rally to go to. You are also located in south loop of Chicago a beautiful shopping district.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning hall is very small and shared with the other universities in the south loop, the hours are odd and there is not a lot of selection for food choices, so if your vegan you probably don't want to eat here.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorm I'm a commuter though from my experience of going there the dorms are over priced because they are placed in the south loop area. Depending on which dorm you get you would pay double the tuition of someone else. You are better of getting your own apartment or living from home if possible. The dorms come in different options from five bedroom and two bathroom to regular sweet style dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I've always been the student who does there work on time and turn it in. I feel like my art classes are more challenging then my core classes but I will say they are all different levels of difficult that I can't fit into this survey, but if you put your mind to it you will be able to do it and it's just to simple.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your one of those students who wants to just dive right into your major. DON'T COME HERE. There are core class that you will have to take every year and classes that you have to take to even start your major. You will only have to take one of each liberal arts subject but I would rather just not take math or science.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is a very open school that challenges your mind. The teachers and faculty are as weird and quirky as you are. Columbia also preaches Live what you love. and Make your own posse.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I am so happy I got accepted here. I've only visited once but I fell in love. I can't wait to actually be a student.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Cool resturants

    Dorm Life

    It seems like it's far too expensive for a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Offers journalism, thats great

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    By the reviews that I've seen, I'm extremely excited to apply to this school next year as a senior in high school. This school seems to challenge the artistic part of a person and that is a great thing for students interested in pursuing the arts as their career.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police everywhere

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive so make the best out of your future.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want! It's downtown Chicago!

    Food and Dining

    Can't beat Chicago's pizza.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm's aren't bad. Depends where you stay at.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in the community and NETWORK.

    In three sentences

    Columbia is right in the heart of downtown. The diversity, artistic freedom, and fast paced lifestyle is perfect for artist everywhere.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artsy people

    Bang for the buck

    College in itself is a waste of money and should be free but I need the training.

    What to do for fun

    Go to any of our open-mic or theatre events.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan but I heard the food is so-so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the weather and walking!

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    My particular dorm is very strict about who's coming and going....even my parents!

    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    Creative!

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything you can imagine.....you're at at arts school.

    Food and Dining

    You're in the middle of Chicago....it is full of different culinary experiences.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms have to be one of the more positive aspects of being at Columbia. I was lucky enough to get into an apartment and was extremely lucky with my roommates!

    Academic Rigor

    The first part of the fall semester was not bad but as the weeks progressed we got into new and exciting things within my major.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not your typicla college experience. If you're looking for the Friday night football game and the frat house....you won't find it at Columbia.

    In three sentences

    Great creative atmosphere. Knowledgeable and professional staff. Professors are top notch.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you can imagine! There are shows, plays, music events, festivals, poetry readings, gallery showings, and everything in between. Student organizations and clubs are always putting events together, and the city is full of free, fun things to see and do.

    Food and Dining

    I've heard the meal plan offers some pretty decent menu items. Aside from what the school itself offers, the city is a culinary delight and there are amazing restaurants on every corner, plus convenient grocery shopping right nearby.

    Dorm Life

    There are many housing options, and each has various charms. Some buildings are calmer than others, it all depends on the people! The housing itself is nice and convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are there to make sure you work hard and succeed. They all work in the fields they teach, so they know what they're talking about and want their students to be just as knowledgeable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Check out all of the clubs and organizations that are available and really put yourself out there. The city is an amazing playground for creativity and inspiration, and it doubles as the school's campus, so make sure to explore it!

    In three sentences

    The people at Columbia College Chicago, professors and students both, are welcoming, warm, and enthusiastic about everything they do. The atmosphere is so friendly and creative, and everything from the diverse buildings and classroom settings to the people themselves work as inspiration and motivation. Everyone and everything that is a part of this school are part of an equation that equals success for the students, if taken advantage of.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is in the city and there are always dangers that can come with that. Make sure you are observant of your surroundings and try to stay around people. If you are vigilant you should be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    I joined a club my first semester and it made a huge difference in my life. I met all the friends I have in that club and we all bonded over one thing that we love even though we are all there for different studies. It's a great way to ease into a new school.

    Great for these types of students

    This place is great for people with diverse interests. You are surrounded by people studying some really great fields, and you get to meet them and learn from them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The marketing communication building gets very busy before classes so make sure you arrive early at least 20 minutes I would say or you may be late trying to catch an elevator.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, the school is expensive, but I have taken classes at another art school and got nothing from it. Columbia really strives to build a creative environment that inspires its students and pushes them toward being successful. Many other schools push their students through school with no networking skills and don't offer half of the activities and opportunities that Columbia does.

    What to do for fun

    The school hosts a lot of social events each semester, and you're in the heart of Chicago. There are places all around to go and explore. Just make sure you're observant and safe.

    Food and Dining

    The school is surrounded by great food.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms so I'm not sure on this one. I've never heard anything too bad from the people I know who do live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    So far I have found myself in classes that keep me intrigued and that push me to work hard and think outside the box. As my education continues my classes are getting tougher, but since I am studying something I have a passion for it makes it all worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with student organizations upon arrival. There are a ton to choose from, and it's a great way to meet new people. Attend the events on campus. There are a lot of free events for networking and learning so take advantage of them. You may meet a future employer. Study hard, do your homework, and be passionate about the work you're doing. Take advantage of the resources the school provides and you will do great.

    In three sentences

    Filed with opportunities for you to find success Knowledgeable staff that are willing to help you in any way possible Filled with interesting people in diverse fields

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    it is cafeteria food, they may have something good now and again, but the food i had on the visit wasn't so great. I'd suggest either grocery shopping and making your own food, or eating McDonalds or other cheap alternatives (which I dont really suggest since I hate McDonalds).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves seemed really nice. It is hard to speculate what the actual dorm life is like without living it in my opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    The training, at least from what they advertised that they do real life settings as training for your chosen profession, and I feel that it is important to get practical experience before you actually enter the field.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would not their initial presentation dazzle you too much, sure it is quite a performance, but you need to make sure that this college is a fit for you, and asking critical questions to staff members is a perfect way to do this.

    In three sentences

    It was an amazing campus visit. The campus was really lively, with performances and students showing off their art everywhere. The staff was very helpful in answering questions, and if they couldn't answer your question, they would direct you to someone who could.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Each building is secure with multiple guards. Living in a major city could always be a little intimidating but with the security and location of the campus, danger is hardly ever existent.

    Greek Life

    Columbia does not have Greek Life, thank goodness.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs, but hardly enough time to be involved in any.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student who is creative, positive and eager to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Plymouth Ct. is a hot spot for activities and student meetings. There is always something going on in the Lobby.

    Bang for the buck

    Every college is expensive, but Columbia offers many scholarships and assistance. The price that is being paid is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Chicago is Columbia playground. There are so many places to go and see and explore that no matter how long you live here there is always something new and exciting to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dinign hall is located in the UC. The food quality itself is not bad, but it is expensive. On a student budget, it is better to make and buy your own food. The meal plan is a great way to start off though.

    Dorm Life

    There are a couple of dorm buildings, each one unique, safe, affordable, and the perfect way to meet firends.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging, but well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    The main tip would be to have an idea of what you want to study. What is so great about Columbia is that you jump right into your major and minor classes along with the required LAS's. Another tip would be to be prepared to fall in love with Columbia, because it is inevitable.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago has an outstanding group of facuilty members. I look forward to each day of class, because of the great facilities, and energy, and knowledge I am attaining. Columbia also has such a beautiful campus, in one of the greatest cities in America.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The city is your playground.

    Dorm Life

    Great spaces.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic classes are clearly made for the average art student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the work, it's not pointless.

    In three sentences

    Columiba College Chicago is all about the real world. The teachers show you what to expect and prepare you for nearly everything. I couldn't imagine being at any other college.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sometimes there are on prize drawings to win tickets to broadway shows Street defense class is a blast! As a film student you get access to free advanced screenings of films and sometimes a Q & A session with the director or an actor.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is good, no complaints.

    Dorm Life

    I had a very negative experience in the dorms I was bullied and my roommates were potheads, many of my friends found themselves in similar situations. I switched dorms after the first semester, but I do not ever plan on living in the dorms again.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are a lot to manage at first, but to be the best you have to roll with the punches and never give up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be kind to others.

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every building has security and many of the security guards are really nice and friendly. Also in the Student Handbook, there is a number to contact security if you ever in an emergency and near one of the Columbia buildings.

    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not a part of any clubs yet but I plan on joining some and there is an insane amount to choose from. Some are major specific, some are ethnicity specific, some are for political and social issues, and some are just fun. You just have explore to find the right club for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I find new places to study all of the time in the buildings. Just this week, I found a computer lab for graphic design students which if you are not a graphic design student but have a class in that you building, you can use this lab.

    Bang for the buck

    One of my favorite resources is Columbia's personal Apple Store because they give out great discounts on Apple products and also give you really good information. I just now bought Microsoft Office and I did not know that there was a University package where you get to have Microsoft Office for four years and you only have to pay $80 for it opposed to over $200 especially if you are not sure you will use it beyond college

    What to do for fun

    Columbia hosts events all the time and the best part is that these events are major specific. Also, the school is in Chicago! Just go on the Internet and search for things to do, there are museums which most of specific days were you can get in for free, plenty of parks that host activities all of the time, there is Navy Pier. There is just too much to even list, and as a full time student, an unlimited U-pass is given to use for the Fall and Spring semesters so it is just a matter of learning the public transportation system.

    Food and Dining

    I do not have a meal plan. However, there are plenty of places to buy groceries that are nearby. I know of a Trader Joe's and Target and I have heard that there is Jewel-Osco nearby. There are also a lot of restaurants that offer student discounts.

    Dorm Life

    I decently like dorm life. It would be better if I did not have one certain roommate which I think the survey that we have to take that matches us up with our roommates needs to be reevaluated because from personally experience, I will leave it at that. Other than that, I think the rooms are excellent. I dorm at 2 East 8th and love that this building was once, only an apartment building because having the living room space and a full size kitchen really makes dorm life comfortable and I think it prepares you for living on your own better than a normal dorm because it teaches you how to keep your space clean and also with buying necessities like toilet paper, paper towels, and of course groceries.

    Academic Rigor

    I rated this as a four because Columbia teaches in a way that I understand so I find it easy to comprehend what is being taught but the information does get difficult especially if you are not in the right major like I once was. This goes hand in hand with having a passion for what you do, I was not passionate for my previous major and therefore, the classes were extremely difficult for me. Once you know the right place for you however, Columbia is excellent at tending to your needs academically and also with providing resources to help you understand further like SI sessions and a Learning Studio with tutors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a passion for what you do. Just because this is an art school, that does not mean that you are going to breeze through school and your career so you have to know that this is what you want and what you are passionate about because there are times when it is going to be hard and you are going to have to do stuff that you do not like. You will ask yourself, what is the point?, if you can't answer that then you will not make it through. A career in the art world is not for the weak hearted.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is the school for any artist who was told that they will not make it in the art world. Columbia not only teaches you what you need to know to be successful in your field but they give the resources that will make you stand out from the competition. Columbia also has resources to help build the people you network with and the simplest, most basic part is just going to class and getting to know your classmates.

  • 03/20/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    People interested in any kind of art.

    What to do for fun

    You have the whole city !

    In three sentences

    The campus is great and so are the dorms. Though pricey, it's the right school for me.

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and hard working. Don't come here if you're not social!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many great restaurants to eat around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, I'm a commuter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, stay on top of all your work, get to know your teachers, take advantage of all the FREE student resources and network!

    In three sentences

    The faculty is great, they're experts in the fields they teach. The FREE student resources are ENDLESS. A great college for people wanting to major in any area of art!

  • 04/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards in EVERY building, and I mean EVERY. The dorms have scanned keys for every student, and every new guest even if they go to school, but do not live there, has to take a picture that will be put into the system and both IDs of the resident and guest will be kept until the guests leaves. Even on the weekends, as a student, you must be signed in with student ID to enter the school facility. You always feel safe with Columbia.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Christian Film Makers Club LGBQT Club Black Student Union etc We have so many I can't even count

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who LOVES the arts, loves to express themselves through anything, even your weird and quirky ways. Its also great for international students and just people who are social.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a flash mob of dance students and a hell yeah speak for freshmen students. It's pretty entertaining.

    Bang for the buck

    The school hires teachers that are CURRENTLY working out in the field that they teach. It's pretty cool to be able to talk to your teachers about their past AND current experiences that favor your liking. Also, the fact that the school is in the city, you get to explore many cultures of the city life, the fast past of everything and beauty is eccentric! Also, the fact that our school is extremely dedicated to the arts, you are always able to do hands-on experience with your craft, speak and work with professionals and are continually encouraged to do what you love. Also, for a private arts school, it's not AS expensive as NYU or UCLA.

    What to do for fun

    Shopping Aquarium Ice-skating during winter months with public Eating at cool restaurants Kayaking on the River Hanging out at the Beach (Lake) Going to the Water Tower Exploring the parks on Michigan Ave Going to the theater, ballet, symphony etc etc etc

    Food and Dining

    Food outside of the dorms are great. It's Chicago, what's not to love?!

    Dorm Life

    Although many dorms are 4 in a room, the aesthetics of it are great! and are much, much bigger than your typical college dorm. Many parents and outside students are shocked at the value of them and not to mention the great view of the city.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes you take and the teachers you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take EVERY opportunity that comes, you could miss out on so much. Also, make sure to explore the city while you're out it. There are TONS of fun things to do that correlate with your choice of study as well.

    In three sentences

    It is a great place to learn because there are THOUSANDS of opportunities literally thrown at you. Our school has enough money to have actual celebrities and successful leaders in the field of our choice of industry to come and speak. The hands-on experience in your first year makes it all worth the while.

  • 04/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus seems pretty safe, but the city itself is unfortunately not always safe.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and events year round.

    Great for these types of students

    Creative, passionate, urban-living lovers, equality activists

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manifest Urban Arts Festival

    Bang for the buck

    The availability of classes is very good for the tuition amount. There are a lot of classes to choose from.

    What to do for fun

    There are many in and out of school events available and free classes at the school gym. You can also hang out within the school with your friends or get a bite with friends nearby.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't experienced in-school dining, but there are a lot of options to choose from as far as restaurants nearby that surround the campus. I can buy a low-priced meal at just a short walk away. There are also healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter, but I hear that people enjoy dorming at Columbia.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at my college are challenging, but it is easy to find the resources that can help make things simpler. I find that I am able to go to my professors with questions that they are often more than happy to help me with or answer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the school's resources and opportunities. There are tons of free classes, events, and ways of meeting people so you don't have to feel alone. If you're a commuter, try to attend events or join a club because doing things you like will motivate you more.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is a great school for creative people who appreciate being immersed in urban culture. I love all of the diverse people and variation of classes I can take and there are so many resources to help me choose. Going to this school has helped me build up my identity and meet people that share the same interests right here in my home town.

  • 04/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Columbia is a really safety school.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and organizations is one of the things you can do to be involved in school and also they have many fun activities. Also, around the school there are many places where you can go with your friend to have fun. For example in front of one of the buildings of Columbia there is the Grand park where you can hang out with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are variety of food and all the food is healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    Life at Columbia is one of the best life experience that students could have.

    Academic Rigor

    No C's but if you are not doing well in any class there are tutoring center where they can help you to improve your grades or even better students can ask help to their professors and the professors are always willing to help students.

    Tips for prospective students

    For all those prospective students is recommended to study hard because Columbia College Chicago has a police with have B's and A's in which is good because if you have good grades you have high chance to get scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Columbia College Chicago is one of the best media school in the country. The school provides you a high quality education, and the professors are well prepared for each class given to the students.

  • 04/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    doesn't exist.

    Great for these types of students

    those who want to live and breathe their art.

    Bang for the buck

    Columbia is not that expensive and I feel like I am getting so much.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of stuff. Your U-Pass allows the city to be your campus.

    Food and Dining

    Not everyone is required to have a meal plan so it can get expensive to eat without one. But there's a Trader Joe's and Jewel within walking distance so just get used to cooking for yourself. Toppers every night might be fun for a week but it gets old fast.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are amazing and it's fun to be right there in the middle of downtown.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the honors program so all of my classes have been difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you're getting into. You will live and breathe your art. It can be a lot more work than you may think.

    In three sentences

    I love Columbia. It's a great environment for artists. I am always getting great opportunities.