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

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Again, this applies to the Health Science Center (168th St). Washington Heights has a little variety, but to get to New York's more famous foods, you have to ride the 1 or A trains South for ~30 min.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Being in the Health Science Center, we have easy access to professionals from a variety of backgrounds who either speak in class or allow us to observe them at their work.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: We go to school year-round, and have experienced the freeze of Winter snow and the humidity of Summer. Spring and Fall are nice, though.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I commute in from a nearby town, which takes me ~1hr each way. Driving in Manhattan is frustrating at best, and parking is either impossible or expensive. The subway is a student's best bet.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: My campus is the medical center, @ 168th St. This campus is far more urban than the Morningside campus seen in so many films. All classrooms are within walking distance, and the Bard Hall gymnasium provides an often convenient means of exercise between classes. The downsides of campus are chiefly that we're somewhat far away from the more interesting spots of Manhattan, and the variety of food available in restaurants near campus is somewhat limited. There's also a lack of outdoor "green" space.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: The University has many options and provides all kind of facilities for students.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: New York City is our campus!!!! Anything and everything is available!

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5 College Senior

Academics: I'm in Columbia University and I'm very satisfied with my education. The workload is hard and continues but it prepares you in a way that the student will be ready to deal with the real world once complete the degree.
The instructors and staff are very helpful and involved with the students.
It is an amazing school!

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: We have public subways, taxis and buses that run 24/7.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I prefer to walk everywhere, but if the destination is over 30 blocks then the subway is always running and easy to use. If you don't want to wait for the mass transit, there are taxis everywhere that can be hailed or contacted via phone or computer.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options to eat an NYC! One of the major must-dos when at Columbia is Coronets, where pizza slices are bigger than your head. There is also an amazing hungarian pastry shop on amsterdam where students flock to study at, along with many other cafes. Although the quality isn't amazing, there is the famous Tom's Restaurant, also known as "Tom's Diner" from Seinfeld.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city life is awesome! It is easy to walk or take the subway to a variety of places, such as East Village, Washington Heights, or Union Square. While living in NYC is expensive, it is definitely worth it. Shopping and eating at all hours of the day and night are available, and there are loads of opportunities for cultural, musical, and sports events.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: As far as Ivy sports go, Columbia is pretty decent. But let's face it- we go here for the academics, not the sports. While there is team spirit present, our best abilities lie in fencing and archery, not football like most traditional colleges.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is in the heart of NYC, the best city to study in with an abundance of culture.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is alright. Gorgeous fall and spring and even winter, but summers can be unbearably hot and humid.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus and I always feel the presence of Columbia police and safety guards.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's New York, so not only are you getting the smartest students anywhere but also the most attractive and best dressed.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I love the change in seasons but I know others may be impacted by the cold weather.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Columbia makes a very active effort to attract qualified students from everywhere in the world.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Many students are very focused and are more interested in studying than partying.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great neighborhood in upper west side/ morningside heights.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Great Diversity, many students from all backgrounds and cultures. Many international students as well.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is a scary place. The process as a whole is ok, the people are nice, but trying to understand the statement they send is a little mystifying. I've had to ask several times what certain items are and how they have calculated them. They are slow to respond, but eventually get around to it. You just need to stay on top of it all.

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3 College Senior

Facilities: The buildings at Columbia University are really unique in that they are architecrally pleaseing to look at which gives the campus a very traditional feel. The athletice facilities are well equiped and have been recently upgraded. Lots to do if you chose to do it. ....

4 College Junior

Majors: Usually unpaid, but usually means I'm working with great people.


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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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