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New York, NY
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7,236
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$47,246
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Overall Experience: Having always lived in New York City, I would definitely recommend that people come and experience it as well. It is a great city, but it's not for everyone. If you are not accepting of diversity and are close-minded, it is not the place for you.

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Overall Experience: The most important thing is that if you want to live in New York, come to Columbia. If you don't want to live in New York, don't come to Columbia. It's pretty simple.

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Weather: Go to Kenneth Cole. Wear black.

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Weather: I'm from California, so I miss the sunshine every now and then, but New York is absolutely beautiful. The past winter was mild, so I can't say I've been in below-zero weather. Springtime and fall are gorgeous. I love to go for runs in Riverside Park.

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Weather: Okay, New York City sucks in the winter and summer, but fortunately, it's been really mild this past year. Winter sucks because it's not only cold, but also windy; it's really humid in the summer. Every other season is comfortable.

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Transportation: There are subway and bus stops just outside the Columbia gates.

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Transportation: NYC is famous for its MTA transportation system. One of the largest in the world. Once you know it, you can travel anywhere in the world without fear.

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Transportation: New York couldn't function without public transportation. Fare changes and construction are annoying.

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Transportation: There are trains that will even take you all over New England if you want to get away!

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Transportation: There is a subway stop right on campus, as well as a few bus stops. You will be using them both constantly.

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Weather: Summers in New York are magnificent. Too bad winters are so long. Leave your wardrobe at home and update it with NY fabulousness!

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Weather: New York can be freezing in the winter, and it's hot and humid in the summer. Layering clothing is essential to winter survival because you are constantly moving in and out of heated classrooms to cold halls. Bring a coat that is waterproof and easy to put on and take off. Hats, scarves and gloves are a must, too.

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Weather: Summer in this city is gross. There is a layer of slime that coats everyone's skin from late spring until fall arrives. Bring clothing that breathes because air-conditioning is a luxury that most people choose not to possess. Bring baby powder. Lots of it.

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Weather: Bring an umbrella, or two.

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Weather: Columbia experiences all four seasons!

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Weather: Mild in spring, and cold cold cold the rest of the time. Be prepared for very cold weather, though, it isn't consistently bad.

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Weather: New York gets very cold, windy, and wet in the wintertime. In the summer, however, the weatheris hot, humid, and sticky. You're going to want to break out your coats and sweaters, and you're going to want to bring not only some of your lightweight summer gear, but an air conditioner, as well.

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Academics: Every professor I had was excellent. I found that they were all approachable. My psych professor got me a summer job.

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Academics: Use your own discretion. One student's heartless wench is another's ultimate educator.

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Academics: The good things about most of Columbia's teaching assistants (TAs) are that they are easily accessible to their students, and they will try to work with students who are having problems in class. The bad news is that they are notoriously hard graders who are difficult to please, and they tend to be petty.

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Academics: There is a core curriculum that will take up about two years of your studies. Although the classes are helpful, if you aren't so sure what you want to do with your life, the core could also hurt you because it prevents you from being able to try out a lot of different things with your credits. No matter what you think, don't take more than 19 credits in one semester. It is not worth it; trust me.

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Academics: A great Web site is http://culpa.info (CULPA Web site). You have to have the professor's name, but it will give you a review of that prof. It can be really helpful in picking classes. Be sure not to base all of your decisions on it, because sometimes, you may totally disagree. But if 10 people say that if they had a choice between lighting their hair on fire or taking some guy's class, and they pick the fire, I'd say steer clear if you can.

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Academics: The teachers are excellent, but you have to make sure by doing research before taking a class. There are some teachers that are definitely not worth spending your money on. Also, there are many brilliant graduate students who've taught the best classes that I have ever had. However, be wary of the graduate students who are tough graders, arrogant, and frankly, a waste of your tuition. Why do you want to come to Columbia to take a class with a graduate student, who, although may have excellent grades, has very little experience teaching?

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Academics: Adjuncts are swell. The prestigious ones are a bunch of windbags held afloat by their egos alone.

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Academics: The academics are intense. At Columbia, the teachers are uniquely committed to shaping the minds of all of their students.

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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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