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DePaul University or Columbia?

I have applied to DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago and I plan on studying journalism. They are both in an amazing area in Chicago (the South Loop), but I was wondering you opinion on them. I know Columbia will cost be about $10,000 less a year than DePaul. Which school has a better internship program? Which school has better parties? Which school has better student life/happiness? Which college has the best opportunities? The best education for the price? Anything help will be appreciated, I'm open to any opinion or impression on these two schools. Thanks

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  • 9 years ago
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    DePaul is much better in every category except two. The school is nationally ranked in multiple catergories and as a whole. However, Columbia is ranked #13 in the nation for photography, which ties them with Columbia University. The school is also ranked #76 for fine arts by USNews. I would choose DePaul except for those two categories. Here is a list of DePaul alumni:

    Business leaders:

    Richard Driehaus, CEO, Driehaus Capital Management

    Jack Greenberg, former CEO, McDonald's Corporation

    James M. Jenness, CEO, Kellogg Company

    Curtis J. Crawford, CEO, XCEO, Inc.

    Edward J. Joyce, President and COO, Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)

    Greg Silich, Entrepreneur, former Leo Burnett CFO

    Laura Thrall, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Inc

    Bertram L. Scott, President, U.S. Commercial, CIGNA

    Peggy Troy, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital and Health System

    Frank M.Clark, Chairman and CEO, ComEd

    Jeffrey S.Aronin, President and CEO, Ovation Pharmaceuticals

    Brooks Boyer, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Chicago White Sox

    Leticia Peralta Davis, CEO, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

    Martin Jahn, General Director, Volkswagen Group RUS

    Sister Catherine Ryan, CEO, Maryville Academy

    Daniel Ustian, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Navistar International Corp.

    Thomas Briatico, President of Maytag Corporation

    Robert E. Goldberg, Former Chairman, Chicago Board of Trade

    Victor Faraci, Former Senior VP Marketing, Warner Bros.

    Kerrie L. Holley, Chief Architect of IBM Global Services and IBM Distinguished Engineer; IBM Black Engineer of the Year Award Recipient 2003

    John W. Martin, Jr., Former Vice President and General Counsel Ford Motor Co.

    William W. Moreton, President and CFO, Potbelly Sandwich Works

    Diane M. Pearse, CFO, Crate and Barrel

    Peter Pesce, Executive Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

    Richard Rosenfield, Co-Chairman, California Pizza Kitchen

    William M. Rudolphsen, Senior Vice President and CFO, Walgreens Co.

    Daniel Ustian, CEO and President, Navistar International Corp.

    Ernest R. Wish, Chairman of Wish Enterprises; Former Managing Partner, Coopers & Lybrand

    Kathleen M. Waltz, President and CEO, Orlando Sentinel Communications

    Daniel Krajnovich, CEO, United Healthcare of Indiana

    Margaret G. McDermott, Executive Vice president and CEO, Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Chicago

    Carol L. Schneider, President and CEO, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, Oak Lawn

    Donna Thompson, CEO, Access Community Health Network

    Dan Evans, Former Vice President and General Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers

    George Vukotich, Dean, Concordia University College of Business

    Anthony J. Andrukaitis, Director, Kelso Technologies Inc

    Deborah A. Carder, President, DuPage Association of Women Lawyers

    Patricia J. Parson, Founder and former CEO, AmerInd, Inc

    Anne Pramaggiore, President and COO, ComEd


    Politicians, government officials and civic leaders:

    Frank Annunzio, U.S. Representative from Illinois (1965–1993)

    Michael A. Bilandic, past Mayor of Chicago

    Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice, 1st District

    Joseph Burke, judge of the Illinois Appellate Court (1939–76)

    Richard M. Daley, former Mayor of Chicago

    Richard J. Daley, former Mayor of Chicago

    Terrance Gainer, Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate

    Benjamin Hooks, former Executive Director of the NAACP

    Laura Spurr, Chairwoman of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (2000–2001, 2003–2010)[1

    Samuel Skinner, former Chief Federal Prosecutor, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush

    Charles E. Tucker, Jr., U.S. Air National Guard Brigadier General

    Dorothy Brown, Clerk, Cook County Circuit Court

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