New York, NY
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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.

4 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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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