New York, NY
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a great deal of diversity on campus, especially due to the amount of international and graduate students.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttle is reliable but only runs between 9pm-4am

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbia university is located in NYC thus the lifestyle is amazing

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Some of the greatest professors for economics in the country are teaching in Columbia University.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Columbia has amazing study abroad programs

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is very good, but the class are not that professional

4 College Freshman

Computers: I think most people on campus bring their own laptops to school, so the computer labs are always free for anyone who didn't bring one, or needs to use the printers. I don't think I've ever encountered a completely full computer lab.

Each student is allotted a certain amount of pages for printing each month. I'm not quite sure what the limit is (I think it's 100 pages) since I'm only a first year; the amount of printing I've had to do has no where near approached the limit. For people who have to print out a lot of pages for papers or whatever, I hear there's a way to hack the printers for unlimited pages.

There's wifi all over campus, and the network's never been slow or down for me since the year started. However, my roommate mostly uses her iPad to access the internet, and it's lagged a bit for her a couple times.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbia's in a great place in NYC, close enough to the big attractions so that it's convenient to get to them, but far enough away where the noise isn't distracting. The main campus is located between Broadway and Amsterdam, so there are all kinds of stores within walking distance. The 116 Broadway subway stop is right in front the school gates, so transportations super convenient. Times Square is only a 20 min subway ride away. Museum Mile, on 5th avenue, is only a 30 min bus ride away. The school offers discount tickets to many of the shows, plays, and concerts currently showing, and your student ID lets you get into many museums and similar places for free.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Living in New York, trains and buses are easy and accessible. I live in Brooklyn and my average travel per day is about an hour. It is very convenient.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food options are great but after a while, you might get tired of them.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know too much about Greek Life.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: New York City has the subway system but it might take some getting used to if you've never used the subway.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's New York City. There is always something to do!

4 people found this useful Report

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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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