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

Weather: Just like everywhere else in NY.

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3 College Junior

Weather: It does not seem to be better or worse on campus compared to other parts of the city.

4 College Junior

Weather: New York is really hot in the summer, really cold in the winter. It's not for everyone but the payoffs of in the spring and fall, when the city is beautiful and the temperatures are perfect, is are well worth the suffering.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Living in the North means dealing with four very real seasons. You pretty much walk everywhere, so dealing with the elements is inevitable.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Can be really beautiful when the Sun is out. Winter gets miserable, but the campus is really easy to get around without going long distances.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 201st
    Coldest Winters
  • 296th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Cervantes
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2014
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New York is fortunate enough to get all four seasons. While the majority of the academic year occurs during wintry months, students do get to experience the loveliness of fall and spring in the city. These are made especially enjoyable in contrast to the oppressive cold which marks a Northeastern winter. Winds are strong due to campus being located near the Hudson River, and snow is a fairly frequent occurrence.

One thing which seems to occur no matter what the season is rain. Many students from drier climates find themselves scrambling to buy rain boots and umbrellas within the first few months of arriving at Columbia. Luckily, rain and cold make it easier to stay inside and study; productivity tends to decrease as temperatures rise and the sun begins to shine.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 60 °F
Spring - Low: 39 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 60 °F
Fall - High: 64 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 39 °F
Winter - Low: 21 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.49 in./month
Summer: 4.39 in./month
Fall: 4.46 in./month
Winter: 3.46 in./month
What to Pack
  • A fairly heavy jacket (though many Columbians opt for more fashionable wool peacoats)
  • Rain boots
  • Scarves and gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Warm tights, so that you can continue to wear skirts and dresses during winter!
Did You Know?
  • Whenever a particularly big snowstorm hits New York, students have been known to start impromptu campus-wide snowball fights which can last into the wee hours of the morning.
  • Students once built a ski jump on Lowe steps by leveling off tremendous amounts of snow.

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