Guys & Girls

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
7,236
Tuition
$47,246
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very interesting people. Columbia is much more diverse than most schools. Not only are there a huge international presence, there are also General Studies students who come from the military, from successfully running businesses, and all walks of life.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The stress culture abounds at Columbia, so there's often great talk of random hook-ups or hooking up just to relive stress. While there are many long-term relationships, it can be difficult finding someone who is interested in taking time away from their studies to pursue a relationship.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The students on campus are cool.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the guys here are attractive, especially if you like smart guys like me. Queer scene is pretty vibrant but it can be hard if you don't put yourself out there -- though that applies to almost any dating.

6 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's New York, so not only are you getting the smartest students anywhere but also the most attractive and best dressed.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Smartest Guys
  • 34th
    Smartest Girls
  • 148th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls
  • 314th
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 715th
    Friendliest Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Cervantes
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Though most students don't decide to attend Columbia in search of love, many students agree that there are plenty of attractive people around campus. Students cite individuality and an interesting personality as the main components of attraction, though there are certainly good-looking people around. One peculiar feature of Columbia's dating scene is the fact that Barnard College, a women's school affiliated with Columbia, is located right across the street. This means that the guy-to-girl ratio of undergrads in the vicinity is definitely skewed, providing a challenge for girls seeking guys. Additionally, there is a large LGBTQ community at Columbia, making it a welcoming environment for all sorts of sexual orientations.

Columbia is a diverse community in all aspects, meaning it is difficult to pin down the particular dating atmosphere. While hookups are definitely plentiful on campus, other students find themselves dating or even engaging in long-term relationships at Columbia. Overall, social interactions are fairly relaxed, and students tend to be comfortable in their expressions of sexuality. Less relaxed is the clothing style at Columbia, where most students opt for button-downs and oxfords over sweats and sneakers when going to class. This is likely due to the fashionable environment of NYC, but it can be intimidating for those who dress more casually. That being said, undergrads can typically get away with wearing just about anything, and individuality is always appreciated.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
47%
Male Undergrads
53%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
It's at the health services office.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Clubs
  2. Parties
  3. Student activities
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Butler Stacks
  2. Carman Hall
  3. Parties
Social Scene
The most common social activity at Columbia is probably drinking. There are lots of neighborhood bars, which are often filled to capacity throughout the weekend. If paying $6 for a beer at a crowded bar isn't your thing, there are usually parties around campus hosted by fraternities, student groups, or individual students. Additionally, if you manage to venture outside of the neighborhood, you will be rewarded with the seemingly endless variety of activities that await you in New York City!
Hookups or Relationships?
There is a variety of social relationships on campus. Though not completely nonexistent, serious relationships and exclusive dating are not terribly common at Columbia. Casual dating is more prevalent, as are random weekend hookups. However, plenty of students choose to dedicate their time to their studies and forgo the dating scene entirely.
Dress Code
While Columbia fashion may be more heterogeneous than at many other schools, there are still definite trends in dress. As a whole, students tend to dress well on a daily basis (this is New York, after all!) and seem to aim for a hipster-fied preppy chic. That being said, there is room for all sorts of quirky or laid-back tastes, and individuality is respected.
Did You Know?
In 2010, Columbia was ranked as the No. 1 college for safe sex according to Trojan's Sexual Health Report.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 42 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 49 responses

  • 24% None
  • 17% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 12% Long-distance relationship
  • 11% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 9% Casual dating at your school
  • 9% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 6% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 2% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 10% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 50% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 38% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Competitive
  • 33% Diligent
  • 17% Extremely bright and motivated

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