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New York, NY
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$47,246
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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: 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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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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Overall Experience: Lots of people at Columbia either convince themselves they love it or wish they were somewhere else.

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Overall Experience: If you are interested in being around a diverse student body, a strong education program, and the benefits of living in New York City, I would recommend Columbia. It is a very safe campus, and there are security stations everywhere. It is not a dangerous neighborhood; there are tons of students living around the area. The campus food is pretty good, but not gourmet. The drinking spots are endless, and the campus spots are okay, but the focus at Columbia is not partying, it's studying and making connections in New York City.

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Weather: It's weird. I despise the cold. When I left school in May, it was in the 40s and rainy.

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Weather: Extreme weather is the name of the game. It will be very hot and muggy when you move in, but once fall kicks in, it's time to break out the winter coats. January and February are white winters.

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Weather: New York weather is pretty unpredictable. It tends to stay pretty cool for the most part, but it didn't snow as much as I would've liked. I find cooler weather incredibly wonderful.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Overall Experience: It was the most amazing experience of my academic life, both as an undergrad and graduate student. As part of the Ivy League, this makes you special and separates you from the rest of the pack.

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Overall Experience: Overall, I love attending Columbia. My only regret is that there is not a big athletic or Greek scene.

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Overall Experience: I am done and have no regrets. I met some awesome people whom I will never forget, and I plan on keeping in touch with dozens of them. One of the great things about Columbia is that it is in New York City; many students end up staying here after graduating.

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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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