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Reviews 1232 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: The food is okay for the price.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I live in off campus housing

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I would suggest living in off-campus housing if you are looking for added freedom. Lots of student opt for off-campus housing instead of bothering with the bureaucratic school process.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Since Columbia is situated in a very diverse and vibrant community, there are tons of cuisines to pick from. If you head a few blocks down, you there are entire strips of restaurants ranging from Thai to Ramen to Indian to Ethiopian. Take your pick!

Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I do not attend the party scene as I'm not much of a party-er so I would not be able to comment on this.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Overall the school campus is safe as campus police does a good job of monitoring any suspicious activity and will send out school-wide emails for precautionary purposes.

2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Columbia does not provide much support to grad students. I am attempting to secure funding from other sources.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food on campus is generally overpriced so I would recommend heading out to the multiple shops around campus that are unaffiliated with the school.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Residing in the Upper West Side is an amazing experience because the local community is vibrant and very lively. The community is very diverse and the neighborhood is relatively safe despite preconceived notions that state otherwise. It also makes attending class very easy because Columbia's campus is quite far from the rest of the city so living on campus/near campus is the best option.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've heard it can be great, but depends.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Only thing I'm missing is a Brazilian option.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not into the party scene.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I've had blood spurting out of chicken in one of my sandwiches before.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Rooms can be very small, many without A/C.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I LOOOOOOOOOVE Columbia! It is the challenging, yet fun. So prestigious, but humbling. Worth the student loan debts because I am truly being prepared for my goals and career.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best courses, best professors, best school.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Everything so far has been straight forward and everyone has been helpful. The entire faculty in the journalism school is involved in student life and always willing to assist.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great gyms! Games are fun!

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: New York is VERY expensive and as a graduate student the only option is off campus housing...

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You can't really go wrong with finding good food in the middle of New York City... it's the best!

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Columbia students study hard, but know how to have fun!

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3 College Junior

Administration: As an off campus graduate student a lot of this does not apply to me, but I have always felt safe at Columbia.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's very hard to get financial aid... I applied for many of the school scholarships and what I received was barely any help. Looking to outside scholarships anywhere I can find!

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Every corner of campus has food available. Most are affordable and fresh!

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Columbia University is wonderful in every way! As a graduate student however, I have never lived ON campus myself, but from those who studied/are studying undergrad and have lived on campus they absolutely love it.

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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!

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