New York, NY
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College Freshman

Greek Life: Not involved in Greek life

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not currently living in campus housing

5 College Freshman

Academics: Ivy experience, with LOTS of program and personal support networks in place

College Freshman

Scholarships: I am still working on this process

5 College Freshman

Majors: This is the best of the best

College Freshman

Majors: Great reputation, but I need more time to decide

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Again, its what you make of it - NYC has everything, if you are willing to travel a little bit

College Freshman

Nightlife: Completely depends if you are talking about only campus nightlife, or the further options available in NYC

4 College Freshman

Transportation: NYC Subway is easy - campus is on an express line

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is one of the top universities for many reasons, one of which is its high expectations for its students, so the strictness is expected.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: More international students than I've met ever before. Most professors are internationals. There's cultural and self expression clubs for every identity that you might want to support.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Comparatively small campus means less scenes but still intense parties. People party as hard as they study, and here they study hard.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are kitchens in every suite and sometimes communal refrigerators (in specialty housing, they have everything from private dining halls to their own washing machines). Good value, constantly improved and updated.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: No one parks here. If you commute, you take the public transportation. Parking lots are absurd if you're staying for longer than a day.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are computer labs in nearly every building and wifi on all campus premises. Printers always break from overuse, though.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of freedom to do what you want compared to smaller campuses. For drugs there's usually crackdowns on attention-focusing drugs like in 2010, but marijuana seems prevalent. Lots of fake IDs and bar-hopping students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: The Economics major has very strict requirements for taking prerequisite classes before the class that needs them, or else they will not give you credit for the class.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Most Economic majors want to go into finance, whereas I want to go to graduate school and so do not have as much support from clubs and research resources. There's a huge business presence and major finance corporations from around the world recruit from our economics department.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very interesting people. Columbia is much more diverse than most schools. Not only are there a huge international presence, there are also General Studies students who come from the military, from successfully running businesses, and all walks of life.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every week there's at least two public safety announcements of disturbing events around campus, like shootings or pipe gas explosions or robberies. The safety services are okay. They focus a lot on mental health and stress-relief as Columbia's rated the most stressful school some time ago.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you share an apartment with more than three others then it can be affordable, and by that I mean roughly on-par with on-campus housing. Not much money is saved for the added inconvenience.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Coming from a very small town, New York City is nearly too much to ask for. The subway connects you to every attraction in the city but there is never a shortage of events on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Tthe few teams with notable success nationally are fencing, archery, and basketball. The homecoming football game is a tradition but aside from that no one attends the events because the stadium is out of the way, the campus is small, and the football team is consistently horrible.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's nice and people are generally polite and friendly.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: Very diverse in all aspects.


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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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