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$47,246
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Very Hard
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Campus Housing: The dorms really vary in quality. Housing is chosen based on seniority; however there are lots of restrictions, and certain dorms are reserved for freshmen. Except for sophomore year, most students are generally able to get singles for the rest of the other three years.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living in Manhattan is expensive! I would recommend living on campus or getting an apartment in another borough, like Brooklyn or Queens. But if you aren't familiar with the city, live on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Not only is it very expensive to live in Manhattan, but in order to find affordable housing off campus, you're going to have to resign yourself to some distant corner of the city. Off-campus housing is rarely worth it because a long commute in the city everyday on your way to class will kill you.

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Off-Campus Housing: I'm from Manhattan-20 blocks away from campus-and I still chose to live on campus. Rent in New York City is super-expensive, so if you're hoping to move off campus in an affordable place, it's going to be way uptown.

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Off-Campus Housing: You can definitely sublet an apartment off campus. However, mostly everyone lives on campus, as you're guaranteed housing for four years. A couple of my friends are renting apartments over the summer at decent prices.

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Off-Campus Housing: Expect to pay at least $1000 per month for a tiny studio apartment. Sometimes you can luck out, but it usually takes a few months to find a suitable space. Rental brokers are very expensive (10-20 percent of the first year's rent must be paid to these people who help you find an apartment), and it is difficult to find an apartment without one. Some students choose to live in cheaper areas of Manhattan or Brooklyn, but the commute makes this situation less than ideal for the busy student.

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Off-Campus Housing: I really don't know. I dream of off-campus housing.

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Off-Campus Housing: With the exception of Greek housing, off-campus housing not convenient at all.

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Off-Campus Housing: You're really not going to want to live off campus, I don't think. But there are dorms that are actually not in the main campus area. There's something for everyone.

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Off-Campus Housing: There is an office that helps you find an apartment off campus. Columbia owns a lot of apartment buildings, and the commute in New York is not bad; you can also find a bus or train to get you back and forth.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is tough to find; I got lucky. It's expensive to live off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: I'm sure that housing off campus is pretty expensive. I only know one person who lives off campus, and his apartment costs him plenty more than my family can afford.

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Off-Campus Housing: Live on campus. Most housing is pretty good, except for sophomores with bad lottery numbers. I lived in a frat house sophomore and junior years. The newest dorm is called Broadway, and it is pretty nice and has air- conditioning, so the housing situation is even better now.

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Off-Campus Housing: I don't know many people that live off campus. First of all, living in New York City is very expensive, and the dorms are actually pretty reasonably-priced. Most undergrads that live off campus probably either got kicked out of housing or were transfers.

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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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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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