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$47,246
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Very Hard
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Campus Dining: The food is very good. There is nothing to complain about in the slightest. However, the dining plans are outrageously expensive. For the price that you pay there, you could eat at a pretty nice restaurant every day. Eat out; it is more convenient and also faster. Plus, there are so many places to choose from. The sandwich place in Café 212 is really good, especially their lunch specials.

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Campus Dining: During your first year at Columbia, they make you enroll in a meal plan that includes cafeteria food at John Jay. All I can say is that you should pick the meal plan with the least amount of meals but more points. The food is not that bad, though. I actually had no problems with the food, and if you don't want to eat at the cafeteria in John Jay, we have about five other cafeterias that have better food.

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Campus Dining: Food on campus is fine. Best food can be found in Uris Hall (the Business School). It's not very junk food heavy, so it's unlikely that you'll gain the Freshman 15.

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Campus Dining: Save your money to eat downtown on the weekends. Manhattan is rich with culinary delights for the Epicurean in all of us.

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Campus Dining: Dining hall food is the same as anywhere. 212 is a great place for sandwiches, and Ferris Booth features healthier dining options like fresh fish with vegetable side dishes.

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Campus Dining: The dining hall is bad, I admit. The places where you can swipe your Columbia Card to use dining points are great. There's stir-fry, sushi, sandwiches, and Pizza Hut. You can get pretty much anything you want.

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Campus Dining: The first-year meal plans at Columbia are terrible. They are way overpriced for what you get. Get the meal plan with the fewest meals and the most points, trust me. However, after the first year, most students opt out of the plans and just put dining dollars on their student cards.

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Campus Dining: No complaints. John Jay is the freshman dining hall. Café 212 is a good campus spot. There are some other places on campus to grab some food, too-Hewitt, Mac, and Java City.

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Campus Dining: On campus, food is okay, and there is a place to eat in the student center called Ferris Booth Commons, which is nice. Also, the grad schools have good places to get food, like Uris at the business school-I always eat there.

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Campus Dining: You really shouldn't have any high expectations where that is concerned. Granted, the food isn't the worst in the world, but it's far from high-quality. John Jay dining hall is definitely not my favorite place to eat, but it's convenient. There are other delis and cafeterias on campus that are actually pretty decent if you want a sandwich or a quick bite to eat.

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Diversity: I feel like I am in Wonder Breadville. However, I heard from others that this is the most diverse Ivy league school that you will ever find. It is not diverse enough in comparison to the city in which it is located.

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Diversity: With hundreds of clubs and activities, Columbia has something for everyone, from debate to fencing. Columbia attracts students from all over the globe. There are no dominant ethnic groups. The common denominator here is achievement-not race, culture, religion, or social class.

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Diversity: Extremely diverse-it's NYC, after all.

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Diversity: I'd say the campus is extremely diverse. There are tons of minorities on campus, with the largest groups being Jewish students and Asians.

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Diversity: There are over 100 countries represented in the student body. No matter what language you speak, or want to speak, I would venture so far as to say that you will never have any problem finding an interlocutor.

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Diversity: Columbia prides itself on diversity. That said, there isn't much racial mixing.

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Diversity: It's incredibly diverse. You meet people from all walks of life here.

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Diversity: It is the most diverse Ivy League university.

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Diversity: Columbia is the most diverse of the Ivies; that's why I chose to come here. I've met people of all types and personalities, and it's been an awesome experience from my sheltered, Catholic school background.

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Diversity: It's New York! You can find anyone of any nationality here; it's great!

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Diversity: There are many diverse things going on from theatrical, to political, to religious, to musical events-anything. It's a great place.

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Diversity: I have met a lot of really amazing individuals who are so smart, unique, musical, athletic or funny-all the while being really normal, which is a huge plus! I was somewhat worried about the Ivy stereotype of super dweebs and ridiculously rich kids. Granted, there are a few of those, but everyone at Columbia is just really grounded and normal and fun! The City, well, what can be said? It's amazing! It is still, by far, the best place on earth, and sometimes, my friends and I literally stop and say, `My god, we live here!' There's just so much to see and do and be; it never ends!

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Diversity: The last time I checked, Columbia was something like third nationally with respect to foreign students. There are a lot of Jews like myself, and there also a lot of Asians. Columbia is very diverse, and it is all for the best!

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Diversity: It's very diverse, but we could use more diversity of character instead of ethnicity.

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Diversity: I think that Columbia is the most diverse school in the Ivy League, and it's apparent from the very first second you step on campus. The only thing about Columbia is that sometimes, people tend to get into cliques, but if you're open to making all sorts of friends, then it won't be a problem.

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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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