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New York, NY
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7,236
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$47,246
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Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Athletics: There If That's Your Thing – People here definitely have the choice to either seek out sports and athletics or not. The scene here isn't like the colleges you see in movies; there's not really a push for going to games. That's not to say that we don't have amazing teams and games and fans though; the games are huge. I'm just saying that a lot of people choose to stay away from athletics. Also, I suppose it's worth mentioning that the football field is not on campus; it's a few miles uptown (but there's a free shuttle!) We also have an amazing fitness center though, very top-notch.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Below Average – major sports (football, basketball, baseball) are not the best and student involvement can seem a below average, but it is nowhere near as bad as some people make it out to be. Sporting events are still always fun to go to.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Basically, the teams suck, but the school keeps hope alive. To an embarrassing degree. If you were never a huge school-sports person, you won't mind, but if you crave that culture, Columbia is a land of die-hard fans who really spend all their time dying. Very hard.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Um...What Health? Safety is good--Public Safety can be jerks from time to time (yelling at drunken students, refusing to escort you if you're half a block out of range at 3 a.m.) but for the most part they really come through. Health Services...well, put it this way, St. Luke's is right next door. Give them a try.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's New York – What else is there to say? Places to eat, places to drink, places to do everything you could imagine and then some. Around Morningside Heights, there's fancy food (Community, Il Cibreo), good old standards (Koronet's, Absolut Bagels), parks (Central Park, Morningside Park, and Riverside Park) and amazing neighborhoods like Harlem and the Upper West Side. New York is a fabulous place to go to college--except whatever you do, draw up a budget before you go, because having a good time is EXPENSIVE.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: All buildings are within walking distance. The furthest dorm is about half a mile away from campus, but very few people elect to live there. You will be able to get to your classes in 10 minutes or less. If there is a sporting event at the off-campus athletic complex (Baker), there are free coach buses, and the subway is a great option as well.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Okay – We have many wonderful teams, and some teams that are not as highly ranked. The most attention goes to football and basketball.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Sport are there, we don't expect our teams to win.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Dodge has excellent resources for athletes, while it is mediocre for non-athletes. The cardio machines are often full. I have not been to the general use weight room, but the dance room is beautiful.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Accepting & Diverse – Lots of different ethnicities. The most represented ethnic groups are white and Asian but these do not make up a heavy majority. Everyone seems to mix well.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Seriously... It's NYC – No one in their sane minds buys or uses a car here. NYC has over 20 train lines, ever-expanding into letters of the alphabet we barely use. In addition to this, there are extensive bus routes and taxis at every corner. Well to answer the question, I imagine parking would be a hassle if one hypothetically drove a car here. If.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Columbia's Marching Band is more notorious than Columbia's sport teams and that's for mocking Columbia's football team with taunting renditions of our school's fight song. Honestly, Columbia isn't known in the Ivy League or any league for that matter for being great at football, basketball, or any major sport. As a result, school spirit is lower than average when it comes to sports. However, little known, is that we have the #1 fencing team in the nation. And our swim team is pretty stellar. Other than that, nothing to write home about.

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1 College Freshman

Athletics: They Suck – School spirit is non existant, especially as athletes usually are kids with 2.5 gpas who Penn wouldn't take but we did for our terrible teams. They don't train that often, and get all sorts of special treatment. hate them.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Great Stuff – Everything gets crowded, but for good reason. Everything is good.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Nothing Like You've Ever Experienced – This place is a surge of energy. You will be exposed to more things here in a week than you have in your entire life. You will meet incredible people and do incredible things and have an incredible time. You will find yourself here. Your life will never be the same.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Come on-- It's NYC – Remember you are not living in the Midwest. Everything here is more expensive-- especially housing. There are quite a lot of rentals available, but they are not cheap. Easily 1800 a month. Easily. Try to stay on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of Places for College Students – Although you're in NYC, you are in a part of the city that is dominated by Columbia University. Therefore, there are a TON of local restaurants with fairly cheap prices within ten blocks of campus-- and I mean a TON. And there isn't only quantity: there's also quality. The food is delicious and is from tons of different cultural backgrounds.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Columbia has a pretty big endowment and is very generous for financial aid; only a few schools give more in terms of monetary aid.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Pretty challenge, but curves in most classes are fair. Gotta work hard and compete against lots of smart mofos

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties mostly take place Thursday - Saturday, but there's not too many and frat parties are pretty exclusive. Hard to hear of house parties if you're not close with anyone hosting it.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: We're in the City Duh – We're in freaking NYC plus we're an Ivy League. Enough said.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty Awesome – There is a lot of stress in terms of studying no going to lie. But the diversity of the people here are great. The professors, at least for lower level classes are sub par however, but the residence I live in, Hartley is a great place as its party free so I can sleep easily. Anytime I want to party though I'll just head over to EC or Carman or downtown to a club.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There Could Be Better in NYC – Factoring in that Columbia is in the city, relative to the rest of Manhattan, the food in Morningside is at best mediocre. Absolut Bagels is good as well as Artopolis, Mill Korean, and the Chipotle nearby, but in general, good food is all found downtown near NYU.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: You'd Actually Pick Dartmouth Over This? Other schools just seem so boring now that I've been here for 6 months, and this coming from someone who was nearly content to go to a tiny New England liberal arts school. That said, just come confident and ready to do things you might not expect to do, and you'll have an amazing time!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: No Issues – No issues. RAs keep people from doing stupid things. The War on Fun seems pretty much done with.

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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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