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Columbia College Chicago Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,076 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 36 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

56% Women
44% Men


Total Varsity Sports


Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball - - Yes -
Basketball - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Soccer - - Yes -
Softball - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Tennis - - Yes -
Volleyball - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 16.5%
Hispanic 10.5%
Non-resident alien 2.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.7%
Two or more races 4.0%
White/non-Hispanic 55.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 9
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 20

Notable Alumni

  • Len Amato ('75), President of HBO Films
  • Andy Richter ('88) , Actor, co-host of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien"
  • Genndy Tartakovsky ('90), Creator and animator: "Samurai Jack," "Powerpuff Girls," "Dexter's Laboratory"
  • George Tillman, Jr. ('91), Director, Men of Honor, Barbershop, Notorious
  • Janusz Kaminski ('87), Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List
  • Mark Protosevich ('83), Writer for I Am Legend, Poseidon, The Cell
  • Melissa Pinney ('77), Photographer and Guggenheim-award winner
  • Pat Sajak ('68), Host of "Wheel of Fortune"
  • Aidy Bryant ('09), Actress, Saturday Night Live
  • Scott Adsit ('87), Actor from "30 Rock"
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Elizabeth from Prescott, AZ
  • 1
  • 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…

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  • Stephanie from Brooklyn, NY
  • 5
  • 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…

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  • Selena from Orlando, FL
  • 4
  • With the exception of the University Center, all of the apartment style dorms get little to no complaints. There's wifi, cable, and amenities vary from building to building, like free…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Gerardo from Chicago, IL
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Local restaurants are about 10 out of 10 stars because they are kept in top standards.

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  • 5
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    New student center is awesome and provides yummy food

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  • 4
  • Alyssa from Franklin, WI
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    CCC offers different meal plan options, in addition to the fact that the dorms have their own kitchens, so you can cook your own food.

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  • 4
  • Julianna
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Food was good. It was also payed for with the summer program but nothing awful.

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  • 3
  • regan - springfield, il
  • I am a current student here

    there is only one cafeteria on campus and it is in the uc. the food is decent but could use more options for on campus dining.

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  • 3
  • theresa
  • I am a current student here

    the uc provides food in the caf, it was hit or miss most the time. they do have a ton of food options there so most of the time you could find something you would enjoy. unless you had food allergies, then it just really sucks.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Cal from Chicago, IL
  • I am a past student here

    Being a member of Delta Sigma Phi at my first school, coming to Columbia without having Greek life definitely had a negative impact on my ability to network and meet people at the college.

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  • 0
  • Selena from Orlando, FL
  • I am a current student here

    There is no Greek Life at Columbia, but if you are interested in going Greek, there are city wide chapters of Sororities and Fraternities that you could join.

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