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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've come to realize that while many of the course offerings may seem somewhat rudimentary--a lot more intro classes than some schools--they are truly substantial. A very meat and potatoes approach to education, in a good way.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: We have OCR and we're in New York City so that puts us ahead of a lot of schools. You'll probably be fine.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing's not great, because like everything at Columbia, it's squeezed space-wise. Also, because of Columbia's hardcore-school-in-NY mien, there's not a great social atmosphere. But one usually makes do--I had a great first-year floor, for instance.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Bigger than I thought it would be, generally annoying/reductive but not nearly as much so as at other schools. If you're gonna be Greek, you already know it.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm by no means an athlete, but even I wish the facilities were better. A combination of not having the space for adequate athletic facilities in Morningside Heights and general malaise for anything that makes student life better on the part of the administration contribute to the lackluster facilities. The teams are mostly not great, but athletes work hard, and if you really want to, you can be involved.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Columbia isn't for everyone, but the location and the pressure-cooker feel allow certain kinds of people to thrive.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The staff at Columbia is truly made up of the best academics in each field.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is fairly active, and CCE does a great job of consistently reaching out to students and notifying them of internship/job opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are ready and available health services at all times. Public safety does a great job of ensuring students are protected on campus, and around the Morningside area. There are escort services for students who need to travel late-night, and emergency calling systems are always running.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the undergraduate housing is near campus. Students get to pick and choose, on the most part, where they desire to live. Each residential hall is different and has its own perks.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely a separate community that can open doors for members.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have students who compete in the Olympics--that's how great our athletics teams are!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The student body here is brilliant! Everyone is encouraged to step out of their boundaries, to ask questions and be competitive.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: This is a very important matter and I am amazed how just a few people know about it

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: the took far more time to send their answer about my acceptance than expected which put me on a rush

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live off campus so I migth not be the best to rate all of this

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Again I am new so I don't have a big opinion on this

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3 College Junior

Athletics: To be honest It is not my particular area of focus so I do not have a grounded opinion on whether is good or not.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Just started so of course I am in the honey moon but I can explain how amaizing everything has been, though hectic cuz I did a lot of sutff in a rush to get in time it is exaclty the kind of platform i needed for me to boost my career.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have been in classes with professors who really love what they do and what they teach. This has made all of my classes so enjoyable. In general I have a great time at Columbia, whether I'm just hanging out with my friends, going to a basketball game, or going to class, I have a great time every day.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many career and internship prospects as a result of going to Columbia. I know the university does its very best to give its students access to many internships in a huge range of fields.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There's been a few robberies while I've been living on campus. In all honesty, I'm not really aware of what's going on around campus in regards to sexual assault. Generally, I feel safe walking to and from my classes and I have no problem going for a bite to eat at all hours of the night.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's great to have housing in New York City available to you, but some buildings really need renovations. For the most part, I am incredibly happy with where I ended up and who I met as a result of that. Columbia housing is such an important part of the Columbia experience and it has such an impact on how you spend your time in college. I lived in Carman and because of that I was able to make great friends on my floor who helped me through my first year, through study groups and impromptu food runs. I wouldn't trade my time in Carman for the world.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I work in the athletics department so I have a good idea of how everything is run. In most cases the athletics are pretty good for what they are. Some teams excel and others do not, it all just depends on the sport and the players. There are a good number of fans who show up to the games and meets and they have a great time and get to show their spirit for their team. For the most part, the gym and recreational facilities are pretty good, although I do wish that some things would improve. It is possible to work out and maintain an active lifestyle if you please.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the campus and the diversity of the students. I am so happy that I chose to attend Columbia and that I have access to all of the wonderful opportunities that the University affords. I love the friends that I made in my classes and in my dorm. I truly believe that living in my dorm was one of the best experiences that I have had while in college, along with being taught by incredible professors.

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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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