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

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It can be fun if you make it fun and if you're into sports. But if you're not, no pressure.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: This question is really obscure so I'll say Columbia is awesome. 10/10. Would definitely recommend.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's always something to do, no matter what your interests are.

5 College Sophomore


On an unrelated note, I'll be honest. Columbia students do not view Barnard as a part of our community, or even as an appropriate school for that matter. Sorry.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Core Curriculum is great, it allows you to explore interests without getting in the way of your major or study abroad programs.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is really and fun, in my personal opinion. Professors are great an surprisingly approachable.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I am aware that campus police exists, they are readily available to help but I wouldn't bank o their help.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off-campus. It's New York City. Why would I brave hell before my time?

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Racial and economic diversity is great, I'd say political atmosphere is mostly liberal but it's nothing you wouldn't expect.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not worn your time not worth your time not worth your time

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People at Columbia dress really well, but all the attractive males are either gay or complete dickwads. This school is heaven if you're homosexual or a hetero male, but if you're a hetero female, you won't be finding your MRS. degree here.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The advising system is really phenomenal. The office is pretty much always available to answer any questions.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The English Department has such an amazing variety of courses to take and the program allows for you to explore all your interests, whether in Creative Writing or a foreign literature course.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman residences are the best by far. Single rooms are pretty rare for sophomores, so as long as you make a friend or two you should be fine for the next year.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: New York City. Anything you could possibly want is in this city. The diversity of the cultures, nightlife, food and activities are almost unchallenged by any other city. Parking can be incredibly difficult and frustrating, but you really don't need a car. The public transportation system is one of the greatest in the world. Between subways, buses, taxis, trains, ferries and even cable cars you can reach any corner of any of the five boroughs that make up the city easily, including the all the stadiums to any sporting event. Unfortunately, it is an expensive city, but if you are willing to sacrifice a few luxuries, such as not having an elevator in your apartment building, and you budget properly, it is possible, and worth it.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: The General Studies program at Columbia University was established in 1947 to support students who had had a break in their education, focused mainly around men who had been drafted during World War II. The school has opened up more and accepts many students classified as non-traditional. This program has provided many people with second chances at their education and first chance at one of the most well known colleges in the country. The program even continues the tradition of those who have served in the military, holding a Veteran population of over 400. General Studies students typically do very well at the school and professors enjoy the life experiences and insight brought into the classroom. It truly is a unique and incredible opportunity for many.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The athletic center on campus is relatively small, but the space available is utilized well. The main athletic facilities for sport teams is located off campus. There are so many libraries on campus I'm not even sure of the number. All libraries provide a different atmosphere and are therefore filtered through by students frequently. Different atmospheres are typically preferred according to the subject being studied and the libraries provide excellent options. There is plenty of well maintained lawn space for students to lounge out on. It creates the illusion of not being in a big city while escaping the classrooms. Overall, student life is, in my opinion, above average. An excellent school that provides so much to their students.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: You can find any food type you desire in New York City, typically not far from wherever you are. Around campus there are food types ranging from just a slice of pizza to Ethiopian Cuisine. If someone is unable to find something good to eat, they just haven't looked.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: There are no athletic scholarships offered at my school. All athletic participants do so voluntarily in addition to their academics. Therefore, it's a big deal when a team does well, but heavy emphasis is rarely placed on any sporting event. I mentioned the athletic facilities are relatively subpar, I speak only of the weight room for Columbia. That being said, the campus is in northern Manhattan where there is not much space. The gym is underground and they do a good job utilizing the space to the most efficient way possible.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Having served for six years in the Navy's Submarine Force, I was accepted as a non-traditional student to Columbia University's General Studies program. I was nervous starting college at 24, having had such a long break between High School graduation and starting college, but the University is incredibly welcoming and bends over backwards to make sure of student success. I understand it's a smaller college, but the Advisors in all categories seem to legitimately care for the students and do whatever they can to ensure a quick and successful graduation. Even the landscapers are welcoming, always smiling and wishing everyone good days while doing phenomenal jobs keeping the campus beautiful.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I have never noticed my school presenting favoritism nor heavy annoyance toward any group of students, no matter how they classify themselves. In fact, pride and desire for the school to see the range of cultures on campus is high, so representation of whatever your culture or life-style is is strongly encouraged.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great public transport, but expensive. Taxis are no better.

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College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not much to be strict about.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You're in NYC. Food trucks. Restaurants. Everywhere!

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish I got money.

5 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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