Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
9,524
Tuition (in-state)
$11,969 ($5,759)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 805 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Students have their own activities in the campus and not all of them are sports related, or even if they are, they are different kind of sports not really equipment provided by the school like lacrosse and stuff.

3 College Junior

Computers: During busy hours, it is very hard to find an available computer because the staff closes a number of rooms with computers in them for no apparent reason.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: It is hard to get anything unless you really push for it. The competition is quite strong too because of the number of students.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Everybody is accepted and it only depends on the individual whether he/she decides to be separated from the others.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's not enough dining places around the campus. You would have to go off campus and hike a number of blocks before you could see restaurants.

4 College Junior

Majors: It is hard to get in when one doesn't have any help or doesn't even know how to ask for help. Researching and looking for answers to common questions are basic steps about these process.

3 College Junior

Majors: Workload is a lot, but if you enjoy what you're doing, it doesn't seem like work at all. There are a lot of considerate professors and there's also a lot who are not, but they all want you to learn without spoon feeding you.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Any kind of drugs are not popular in the campus. In fact, if you seemed to be a user, you're the one who's left out because most students are responsible when it comes to this issue. Plus, people don't have money for those kinds of stuffs anyway.

2 College Junior

Academics: There are not enough professors in the sophomore and freshman level who are passionate at their jobs and it really reflects in their works.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I do not know any Greek gatherings or events or even organization.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Long appointments and over the counter meds not available at all.

3 College Junior

Weather: When there is a snow storm, they would cancel the classes after the brunt of the storm, not during. Students during the brunt of the storm have to face it head on and the students who have classes after the storm passes enjoys their break.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Some of the guards at the entrance doesn't even know the geography of the building, so even asking them for directions isn't going to help anybody, worse, if there's some situation that needs their help, they won't know where to go.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly just halal carts and stores where you can pick up a quick sandwich or something. But if you go down to the Columbia University area (you could take the M11 bus), you have more options.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I've gone to one party while I was there, and it wasn't too fun, but then again, I'm not really into that type of stuff. It's better to focus on your studies.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A few blocks south of the campus. A lot of students rent rooms in the surrounding neighborhood, though most commute from various areas across the city.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Generally lines aren't too long for computers. The Tech Center in the NAC has free printing, but there's also other areas with computer access (for instance, if clubs are based out of a certain room, they usually have computer access)

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse. Students come from every corner of the world, and every corner of the city (and even outside the city), with a variety of interests and perspectives.

College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very disorganized. I had a scholarship, and there were issues receiving it.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't live in the dorms, but a lot of people who live there don't like it. I do know a decent number of people who rent apartments in the surrounding neighborhood, though the majority commute from across the city.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Classes can be challenging, so stay on top of your work. Many interesting people from different backgrounds and with different interests.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school is on a steep hill, which makes it a bit problematic in the winter. There are shuttles that bring you to the 125th Street & 145th Street subway stations on the A/B/C/D. However, they don't run that frequently (especially the 125th Street shuttle), and the drivers travel slowly for no particular reason. My advice is to take the M100/M101 buses, which run much more frequently, and take around the same amount of time (you have to pay for those, but you get a free transfer to the subway). If you want the 1 train, just walk down the hill.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's an urban campus, so you should stay alert after dark, but it's generally safe walking around the campus, and to/from the train or bus. (If you don't feel like walking down the hill to the train after dark, there's the M100/M101 buses that stop across the street from the school).

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Challenging courses, with real-world applications of knowledge.

College Freshman

Athletics: Not particularly prevalent throughout the school. Most people don't pay much attention to sports.

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Melissa Charles & Garri Rivkin
Hometown
New York, N.Y. & Vilnius, Lithuania
Major
International Development of Women through Arts & English Literature
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City College may be small compared to the other universities in New York City, but it still kicks butt. City has many special attributes that most students won't find anywhere else, including the diversity, the crazy amount of scholarships available, the amazing fellowships and internships, and the professors. It may be a public college, but the professors who teach are still highly qualified. They hail from Ivy League schools and well-known private universities from around the United States to teach a dedicated bunch of City College students—students who are friendly, easy to talk to, and worth making friends with.

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