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Reviews 1123 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not utilize off-campus housing. I have an apartment in midtown Manhattan - it is not affiliated with the school.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: Extremely diverse. There are students of all ages, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity and religion in my classes.

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College Junior

Weather: The weather has nothing to do with my campus experience

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5 College Senior

Academics: The secondary school program at Teachers College incredibly excellent. All of my professors have been middle and high school teachers for many years before going onto the college level. The majority of my professors have also written many textbooks, essays, and papers that pertain to my major and are the head of my field. Having had so much experience, most of my classes are based on hands-on learning. For example, we are required to develop our own lesson plans based on a single book provided by the professor or we experience the process of creating a character for a play by actively shadowing each other and observation. There are many opportunities to listen to guest speakers as well. The program is set up to have a guest speaker and a workshop every week of the semester. The topics have gone from using media for social justice in the classroom and the integration and application of LGBTQ literature in the classroom. There are also student-teaching opportunities all over the city. The program requires that each student works in both Middle and High school settings. The expectations and requirements of fulfilling the student-teaching assignments are very clear.A supplement class if required while student-teaching so that the student teachers may process and workshop what they have observed and learned in their classroom with other student teachers.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Living in New York City in general is not cheap. However, around the campus of Columbia, there are many cheap places to eat. Only a couple blocks down from the campus are a couple of Starbucks, for the caffeine boost, and a Chipotle. There are also a couple other restaurants nearby. However, if you're looking for good eats, going a little more downtown is the best. One of my favorite places is called Cafe 28. It is down along 28th street and Broadway, a little ways down from where the campus is, but there is a large variety of dishes with the addition of a cafe. The food there is reasonably priced and prepared daily.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The professors at the Teachers College branch are at the core of knowledge in the education field. They are incredibly well versed in their specific areas but also know who to refer students to if there is another expert who would be more helpful. The professors and teaching assistants are easily accessible through both email and in person. The curriculum is very specific to each major and there is a very clear outline of what is expected of each student. All requirements for graduation, certification, and class expectations are clearly spelled out. Although the workload is intensive, it is expected of such a rigorous and demanding school. The professors, assistants, and other staff are there to help the students every step of the way. What I like best about Teachers College is the fact that students are expected to collaborate, discuss, and explore the subjects as groups and then as individuals. We get as much in-field experience as possible and are provided with all the possible resources needed. Teachers Colleges makes me feel more than well prepared to go into the workforce once I graduate.

College Senior

Drug Safety: There no scenes of drug use at all on the Teachers College campus of Columbia University.

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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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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