Columbia University Summary

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Basic Statistics

New York, NY
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
7 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The prestige that comes with an Ivy League education
  • Access to smart professors and curious peers
  • The Core Curriculum
  • Diversity of student body and opinion

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Coming home to your high school friends who haven't had nearly as interesting a year as you have
  • Cost of education and cost of living in NYC
  • Housing and the housing lottery
  • The eternal dilemma-studying or doing something cool and interesting in NYC

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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!

Columbia Student Reviews

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: More international students than I've met ever before. Most professors are internationals. There's cultural and self expression clubs for every identity that you might want to support.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Comparatively small campus means less scenes but still intense parties. People party as hard as they study, and here they study hard.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are kitchens in every suite and sometimes communal refrigerators (in specialty housing, they have everything from private dining halls to their own washing machines). Good value, constantly improved and updated.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: No one parks here. If you commute, you take the public transportation. Parking lots are absurd if you're staying for longer than a day.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are computer labs in nearly every building and wifi on all campus premises. Printers always break from overuse, though.


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