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

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

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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College Freshman

Greek Life: Not involved in Greek life

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not currently living in campus housing

5 College Freshman

Academics: Ivy experience, with LOTS of program and personal support networks in place

College Freshman

Scholarships: I am still working on this process

5 College Freshman

Majors: This is the best of the best


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