Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
7,236
Tuition
$47,246
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 999 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't done an internship yet. I would do one during school but there is no time with all the other classes and extracurriculars.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love the film department, but there are a lot of requirements.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: They take forever to log in.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: To get to the airport is my only hassle ever.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Without my financial aid package I could not have attended.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's too expensive to live off campus in NY, so most people don't even try.

College Sophomore

Parking: No one drives, it's New York City

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People only really support men's basketball, and that's because most other teams suck. Except maybe wrestling and fencing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is guaranteed for everyone which is cool. I have had a good housing experience. A variety of options that should satisfy everyone.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The bars are pretty lame, but occasionally they are fun. Frat parties can be fun but are often too packed (NY). Clubbing would be fun, but we are so far off campus it can be a hassle and expensive with cab fair.

3 College Junior

Academics: Academics depends on what department you are in.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not a good area but if you mind your own business you should be fine.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local atmosphere of medical campus/Washington Heights neighborhood is not ideal. There is a lack of shopping and nice restaurants which have been dominated by the local population. It is dirty and dangerous in parts.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: I wish there were more opportunities for intramural sports.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing in the neighborhood by medical campus is affordable yet the environment is not ideal.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Medical campus is not located in an area where many are living off campus and have a social life.

3 College Junior

Computers: Only two computer labs and total of about 20 computers. Printing is free for 1000 pages per semester which is convenient.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Medical campus is located in a less than ideal neighborhood and facilities do not have aesthetic appeal.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I do not know of people who use drugs on my campus.

4 College Junior

Transportation: A and 1 Subway stations are one block from campus

3 College Junior

Weather: It does not seem to be better or worse on campus compared to other parts of the city.

3 College Junior

Majors: Professors are brilliant and top in their field but they act as though students are not important and place their research first.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: This has been a topic of great debate most recently. There will hopefully a lot of reform concerning health care services and the counseling and psychological services very soon.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics are stellar and the work is rigorous. But the culture of stress on this campus is sometimes overwhelming.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not involved in Greek life. Occasionally go to a party in a fraternity or sorority's brownstone and always leave disappointed.

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Sara Cervantes
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2014
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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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