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New York, NY
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$47,246
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Very Hard
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Drug Safety: I really didn't see much of the drug scene since the crowd I hung with was more into alcohol than anything else, but I hear it's around. I don't know much about it, though, other than that there are numerous pot smokers.

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Campus Dining: Unfortunately, the near impossibility of decent off-campus housing combined with the disappointing kitchens in the dorms make it difficult to cook for yourself. Bring a lot of money to eat out.

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Campus Dining: Lerner Hall has the best soup to warm you up on a cold winter's day. The lines suck, and sandwiches and sushi are seriously overpriced, but they are tasty. The dining halls have good salad bars, but the hot food is not always appetizing.

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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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Facilities: The facilities are beautiful. No other campus in NYC rivals it. And it is one of the only places in New York where grass is present. The gym is crowded but nice-truly the best place on campus to spot hotties.

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Facilities: The libraries are staffed by people who actually know what they are doing, and the stacks are well maintained. The media centers can be crowded, especially in the course reserve section. If you have to watch a video for a class, watch it early because there are usually only one or two copies on reserve.

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Facilities: An area that receives constant complaints at Butler Library (the main library on campus) is the digital editing equipment. There are only two stations for the entire undergraduate population, and there is a two-hour limit per session. This makes it very difficult to finish film projects.

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Facilities: Lerner Hall, the student center on campus, is the only building that does not look like it belongs here. In a community of brick and ivy stands this awkward glass structure that houses cafes, computer rooms, theaters and general meeting space. Once you get past the offbeat design of this place, you can enjoy the social atmosphere.

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Facilities: The gym needs a little work, but it gets the job done. Lerner isn't much of a student center, it's a ridiculous waste of space and really inaccessible and uncomfortable compared with other student unions I've visited.

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Facilities: The facilities are a very nice and beautiful, too. Everything is state-of-the-art and adorned in an amalgamation of Greco-Roman classicism. Forget about the Gothic embellishments of Princeton and the University of Chicago, we've got Ancient Athens.

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Facilities: The facilities are pretty good. The student center is questionable as to whether it's nice or not. I don't care for it all that much, but hey, that's just me.

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Facilities: The athletic center is awesome, but it can be crowded during peak hours. Lerner is pretty cool; it's the most interesting building you'll see on campus. You can study there, get some food, and meet up with people.

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Facilities: On-campus facilities are pretty good. Computer labs are good. The fitness center is awesome once you figure out how the heck to get around there. The student center is a pain to get around, but everything is there.

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Facilities: The gym is on campus, and it's very active; depending on when you go, it can be very crowded or empty. We could use some more facilities, though. The computers are always kept up-to-date, and they're are all over the place.

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Facilities: The facilities are good, and they are making improvements constantly. Classrooms are well-equipped, and libraries are nice spots to meet with teachers and classmates. The libraries are well lit, comfortable, and plentiful!

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Facilities: The work-out room kind of sucks; I highly advise you to get a membership at Wellbridge Fitness Club, if you have the money. They have a hot tub and a pool.

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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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