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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4 College Junior

Facilities: Overall, I love Columbia's campus. It is incredibly compact, and with the space constraints of New York, most of the buildings are old and tall. The gym sucks, the greens are small but beautiful, and it is a miracle we have them at all, considering the location. And the architecture is gorgeous. Lerner (student center) is often mocked but totally adequate. The libraries are numerous and beautiful, though they will be totally filled during finals. Cafes in the area take up the overflow.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship, but if I wanted one, and was willing to apply for them, I could probably find a very good internship in my field on campus or in the city, and the career services office (CCE) would be happy to help.

5 College Junior

Majors: You do not apply for a major when you apply for Columbia, and can only declare a major in Columbia College in the second semester of your sophomore year. You do not have to apply for either Political Science or German, and the advising can help you get on track for completing the requirements. Most majors do not require an application, though a few require you to meet with an advisor before declaring.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's New York. Expensive, but anything you want, any time of the day or night. Awesome!

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have no idea. I have never considered it.


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