New York, NY
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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Columbia admits based on the common app and also requires the most supplements I had to write. (About 4 extra essays). They weren't difficult and they are meant for the school to grasp a better idea of the applicant so I couldn't complain. The more opportunities you have to market yourself, the better.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's not Columbia's fault but the fact that we live in NYC. There are plenty of off campus housing opportunities they are just extremely expensive. Columbia has guaranteed housing all four years which I appreciate. Doesn't mean it's cheap either.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Students find it very easy to find internships because of their independent, go-getter attitude combined with crazy networking opportunities at Columbia. As a pre-med it really depends on who you've done research with or what programs you may apply to. I have had two unpaid internships and am exploring another this summer. This is the problem for pre-meds...there are plenty of opportunities but many of them volunteer/un-paid so you may have incredible experiences but you may not be able to afford them on your own without outside financial assistance.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Some of my friends tell me there isn't a major for them however there are plenty of options. There are some majors that require courses in multiple disciplines, which gives the students a taste of many areas of studies. Because we have a core curriculum here at Columbia, students will have access to global core departments, language departments, philosophy departments, etc so once they discover their niche they can further explore major options. As far as majors related to health, as a pre-med student I can say I wish there were more beyond "hard" sciences like biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, etc. A public health major would have been awesome.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are usually well-equipped with relatively new systems and printers. however, for most of the semester, during peak hours, it is quite crowded.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics facilities are quite good. While the Columbia Lions have a rather dry run this season, things are certainly picking up.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many housing options available - some close to the campus, some not so - including dorms, apartment shares and studios.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is a decent place to go for a workout during the winter when it's too cold to go anywhere else. Housed underground, the gym is actually several levels of rooms and courts that serve well enough for the sports at Columbia.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a few clubs and bars around campus that are limited to 21+. Nevertheless, that isn't to say that there aren't a range of weekend parties to attend at the Frats or upperclassmen dorms.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I did not do internships through the program but i heard it is pretty easy to get some once you are into college.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Columbia University is in the center of the biggest city. It has all the transportation needed : metro, buses, taxi, etc.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I will study Urban Design in a master of science in architecture and urban design, and i am really excited. I heard the program is really intense and interesting, and I know teachers are really good.

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College Junior

Drug Safety: I just came here. I don't really know anything about the drug scene.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Not very talkative people. I feel like its hard to meet those of the opposite sex.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: My undergraduate university, UC Davis, had much newer facilities on campus.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Everyone is doing something on campus at all times.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Core Curriculum that provides a very diverse education

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Though there are certainly people who use drugs, there's not pressure to get involved in the drug scene and it is definitely not a big percentage of the student body.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Because of the New York City location, finding a good club is no difficult task. You basically have the entirety of Manhattan at your disposal. Frat row also is known for frequent parties right near campus.

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5 College Senior

Majors: Internships are well worth the time, and they help build your resume. There's a ton of opportunities at Columbia.

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5 College Senior

Nightlife: There's tons of great bars and restaurants on the upper West side, though if you're looking for a more mature atmosphere, you might want to go farther afield.

3 College Senior

Athletics: We have an awesome gym and pool, but nobody really pays attention to sports.

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3 College Junior

Weather: New York City is beautiful but the weather is not.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Columbia strives to create an atmosphere that fosters diversity and intellectual exchange. As a result there is a much higher percentage of international students along with students from all over the United States, who represent virtually every culture, social and economic strata.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Columbia University is not known for its athletic programs. While that is not to say there are not successful sports teams the truth of the matter is that Columbia has little school spirit. Most sporting events, with the occasional exception of a basketball game, pass by unnoticed by the student body a problem that is compounded by the football team's lack of success.

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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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