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Reviews 1123 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Junior

Campus Dining: I've eaten there once and that is not enough to for an opinion.

College Junior

Majors: I am just getting started and haven't attended my first semester yet.

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College Junior

Guys & Girls: I have no experience yet.

College Junior

Academics: I have not started classes yet.

College Junior

Academics: I have not started yet.

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have registered for classes, but still have no experience of the campus life.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I saw a little of everything.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of great places to eat in Morningside Heights.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It can be fun if you make it fun and if you're into sports. But if you're not, no pressure.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: This question is really obscure so I'll say Columbia is awesome. 10/10. Would definitely recommend.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's always something to do, no matter what your interests are.

5 College Sophomore


On an unrelated note, I'll be honest. Columbia students do not view Barnard as a part of our community, or even as an appropriate school for that matter. Sorry.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Core Curriculum is great, it allows you to explore interests without getting in the way of your major or study abroad programs.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is really and fun, in my personal opinion. Professors are great an surprisingly approachable.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I am aware that campus police exists, they are readily available to help but I wouldn't bank o their help.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off-campus. It's New York City. Why would I brave hell before my time?

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Racial and economic diversity is great, I'd say political atmosphere is mostly liberal but it's nothing you wouldn't expect.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not worn your time not worth your time not worth your time

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People at Columbia dress really well, but all the attractive males are either gay or complete dickwads. This school is heaven if you're homosexual or a hetero male, but if you're a hetero female, you won't be finding your MRS. degree here.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The advising system is really phenomenal. The office is pretty much always available to answer any questions.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The English Department has such an amazing variety of courses to take and the program allows for you to explore all your interests, whether in Creative Writing or a foreign literature course.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman residences are the best by far. Single rooms are pretty rare for sophomores, so as long as you make a friend or two you should be fine for the next year.

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Sara Cervantes
Austin, TX
English and American Studies
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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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