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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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful, but it is pretty small (since there isn't much space in NYC). Most of the good spaces open for studying are crowded.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Compared to the other Ivies, Columbia is more diverse in race. There are many international students and people of varying sexual orientations. Everyone seems to be very accepting and open to those with different upbringings/experiences.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Columbia does provide some cheap apartments off campus, but if you can't get one, apartments are very expensive and pretty hard to find in Manhattan.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Althoughthere arequite a number of aoartments around campus, they tend to just as expensiveor even slightly more exoensive the on-campus housing. Grad students normally opt for off-campus housing due to the added freedomand privacy.Undergradsoften go for on-campus housing because of the camaraderie of living with other freshmen and the fact that Columbia guarantees housing for all undergrads. I bet grad students would go for On-campus housingif it was guaranteed for them.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: Columbia University is pretty diverse in terms of Ethnic Heritage and Sexual Orientation. It is however fairly homogeneous in terms of politicaal affiliation with just a little diversity in terms of economic status. However, diversity due to ethnic origin and nationality coupled with extreme levels of liberalness makes Columbia seem much more diverse than it actually is.

2 people found this useful Report

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