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Reviews 1123 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of alcohol, usually pretty good music

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: LOVED Carman hall freshman year!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Simple guest policy in the dorms

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Love going to mens basketball games

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not much to do unless you go downtown

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I mean, it's New York City. The greatest city in the world. Atmosphere doesn't get much better than that.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Decent options in my opinion. John Jay, Ferris, and JJ's Place are the three main options. JJ's is the late night spot but doesn't always have the healthiest options.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The general athlete community and die hard athletic fans attend all the games. Some casual fans attend here and there. Especially men's basketball. But other than that, athletics isn't really a major part of campus life. It's there if you want it, but you wouldn't exactly feel like you're missing out if you're not involved.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anything you could possibly want

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You find the nightlife gets better and better when you leave Columbia's no-fun-bubble.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Columbia is one of the most diverse schools in the world

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Choosing Columbia if you care about school sports in any fashion is a terrible idea. However you have plenty of professional sports in NYC

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors in the engineering curriculum are very informative and have a passion for their subjects

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties are limited depending upon your major

4 College Junior

Majors: The advisors are great and flexible to meet. They want the students to succeed.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The engineering and science program is very challenging and offers diverse courses.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial Aid is extremely difficult to get for a family with average income and assets. The application does not ask what hardships a family has taken or how secure your current income is. A home should not be taken as wealth, this is the place you live in.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is stressed on campus with strict measures taken if not obeyed

3 College Junior

Diversity: Columbia students are from many different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It ok for campus dining, not like home.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses are very challenging, some classes are small while others are 100+

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The University has a strong reputation and is well respected in the industry.


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Sara Cervantes
Austin, TX
English and American Studies
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Columbia has a unique culture and school spirit. The intense workload and level of academic rigor bring students together in a culture of cozy complaint. Columbians constantly whine about their amount of work, but they also find a way to come together and persevere, and friendships are formed in this shared struggle.

Columbia is not for the faint of heart or those who need their hand to be held every step of the way through their college career. If you need help and seek it out, you will find it. But no one is going to sit down and explain everything to you, and Columbia can be pretty intimidating for that reason. However, this means that students are given the opportunity from the get-go to be independent and to decide for themselves what their college experience will mean for them. Columbia provides amazing resources and can help you achieve just about anything, or will at the very least encourage you to pursue whatever it is you want. The academics are amazing, and the Core Curriculum gives students a shared knowledge of Western thought, which is hugely influential in the way students will approach academics, careers, and life in general. The Columbia experience is an incredible one, and any student lucky enough to get in should definitely take advantage of such a wonderful, rare opportunity!

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