Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
7,236
Tuition
$47,246
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews 999 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

{{ error }}
close
Niche User

Weather: The weather here is the typical four seasons-cold and snowy in the winter, hot and humid in the summer. But New York also has some unpredictable weather. This spring was pretty cold. I remember, it was 80 degrees one week, and then the week after, it was 40 or 50 degrees. It's kind of weird sometimes. During the winter, you'll just get sick of the cold-that's when everyone falls into some sort of slump.

Niche User

Weather: The weather is usually pretty decent. In the winter, we usually get some snow, but the walkways and roads are always cleared almost immediately. I've never spent the summer in the city, but it can get quite humid during the first and last months of school.

Niche User

Weather: It's New York, and it's supposed to be cold, but in recent years, it was only cold for a little bit. I guess the global warming is making traditionally cold regions warmer.

Niche User

Weather: The beginning and end of the school year can get hot. Usually, winters in New York are pretty cold but really fun-the cold weather, the snow, and the lights and decorations. It's a great time to be around.

Niche User

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

Niche User

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.

1 person found this useful Report
Niche User

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.

Niche User

Weather: Bring an umbrella, or two.

Niche User

Weather: Columbia experiences all four seasons!

Niche User

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.

Niche User

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.

Niche User

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

1 person found this useful Report
Niche User

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

3 people found this useful Report
Niche User

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.

1 person found this useful Report
Niche User

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.

5 people found this useful Report
Niche User

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.

1 person found this useful Report
Niche User

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?

1 person found this useful Report
Niche User

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

3 people found this useful Report
Niche User

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

1 person found this useful Report
Niche User

Academics: All of my teachers at Columbia have been truly excellent. However, this past semester, I had an amazing, fascinating, mesmerizing teacher who taught me the philosophy of aesthetics. I also had her for another class, and believe me when I say that this woman made me want to major in philosophy. All of my instructors have been real professors, with the exception of my teacher for a mandatory freshman writing class; that one was taught by a great teaching assistant.

2 people found this useful Report
Niche User

Academics: Teachers are excellent. Even though you are placed in a big class, you have to make time to get to know the teacher so that you can have a good semester.

Niche User

Academics: Most of my experiences with teachers have been great. Columbia has a lot of grad students and TAs, but you would never know it. They are brilliant, young, and entertaining. Most of the time, all of my teachers have been accessible and approachable.

Niche User

Academics: Professors here are intelligent, provocative, and well-connected in their respective fields.

Niche User

Academics: There are some good and some bad, but as a warning, there's a wide range of teaching skills within the core itself. Some are awesome professors, and some are very poor. My freshman year, I had the ideal professor, the kind you dream of. He took us out for pastries and coffee. We went on a search for beauty in New York City, took walks in Central Park, and visited the Met and a modern gallery.

1 person found this useful Report
Niche User

Academics: I guess the teachers are like anywhere else. You have those who are so amazing that you can't believe you're in their class, and you'll have those that you won't be able to believe Columbia hired. That's college life, but there is a cool Web page that you can access through the Columbia Web site called `CULPA' that allows you to read students opinions on teachers. It helped me a lot second semester.

2 people found this useful Report
{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

Students Often Come From

Photos More photos . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Sara Cervantes
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2014
View all previous student authors

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!

Admitted Students' GPA/Test Scores More on admissions . . .

Applicant Status At Columbia University

How do I stack up?

Compared against the students in the chart, you are in the:

??? Percentile
4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!