New York, NY
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Reviews 1076 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful, but it is pretty small (since there isn't much space in NYC). Most of the good spaces open for studying are crowded.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Compared to the other Ivies, Columbia is more diverse in race. There are many international students and people of varying sexual orientations. Everyone seems to be very accepting and open to those with different upbringings/experiences.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Columbia does provide some cheap apartments off campus, but if you can't get one, apartments are very expensive and pretty hard to find in Manhattan.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Althoughthere arequite a number of aoartments around campus, they tend to just as expensiveor even slightly more exoensive the on-campus housing. Grad students normally opt for off-campus housing due to the added freedomand privacy.Undergradsoften go for on-campus housing because of the camaraderie of living with other freshmen and the fact that Columbia guarantees housing for all undergrads. I bet grad students would go for On-campus housingif it was guaranteed for them.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Columbia University is pretty diverse in terms of Ethnic Heritage and Sexual Orientation. It is however fairly homogeneous in terms of politicaal affiliation with just a little diversity in terms of economic status. However, diversity due to ethnic origin and nationality coupled with extreme levels of liberalness makes Columbia seem much more diverse than it actually is.

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Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I am not sports-centric in any way, so I don't pay attention to the sports life anywhere. But since being here I haven't heard anything about any school sports.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: NYC is the best for all of that stuff except for maybe safety. And parking but I only know that from my friend who has a car.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I have hung out with people from my class many times since I've been here, but I don't know much about any other students other than what I observe walking through campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I have been to many different kinds of restaurants since I've been here. The 24 hour supermarket on broadway and 116th is very convenient.

1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: There was no scholarship or aid opportunity other than FAFSA for the program I am in.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: My class isn't very diverse, by I see a lot of diversity around campus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I would have liked and probably taken part in a dining plan for summer students.

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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I know basically nothing about Greek Life here as I haven't been here long enough.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I would like to have known information about my program sooner.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Same as last page. As well as it would be ideal to have refrigerators in the lounges. 99% of my money is going to eating out, because I can't store anything here.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I haven't been here long enough to answer accurately. But all of the professors have been very nice and encouraging, and the lady in the hall where I had to get my ID was VERY nice. We have to check in every time we come into the dorms, which is good for security reasons, but very annoying.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I won't know till the fall.

College Junior

Campus Dining: I've eaten there once and that is not enough to for an opinion.

College Junior

Majors: I am just getting started and haven't attended my first semester yet.

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College Junior

Guys & Girls: I have no experience yet.

College Junior

Academics: I have not started classes yet.

College Junior

Academics: I have not started yet.

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have registered for classes, but still have no experience of the campus life.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I saw a little of everything.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of great places to eat in Morningside Heights.


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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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