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Reviews 1071 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Can be heavy workload but worthwhile tasks. Engaging and effective. Every class is interesting.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's not easy being a genderqueer bisexual female bodied latinx. Campus is diverse, acceptance is... better than most. The school and the student body leaders make an effort to improve it.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've had my eyes opened too far at times and seen my brain spark like a tongue full of pop rocks, and that's what I came here for.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The brand name itself opens doors wherever I go. However, Columbia is one of few schools in the city that doesn't let students tale internships for credit, which disqualifies all of its students from many prestigious and worthwhile internships.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Round 1 at Columbia things were a disaster in this department. Was during the highly publicized mattress piece, and many many many protests about the school's mishandling of sexual assault. When I returned, however, they really, really seemed to have listened to the activist community, to the students, and made a lot of significant changes, both in mandatory student workshops and education and in public resources.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I did 1 year in freshmen housing in a single. I was very quiet and kept to myself. Small room, hallmates really gossipy. Typical ugly dorm furniture and that carpeting. You know the carpeting. I like living alone off-campus. Don't like being "watched" much or having to sign people into my home as an grown adult.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: the snooty lit society / co-ed frat for alt kids ADP where i got roofied as a freshman is the most lusted after because of its elitism and mystique. i was recruited, attended the event for maybe 45 min and left. people seemed nice I just didnt feel compelled to join. all the others are just, dudes sitting around or ethnicity-specific sororities that mostly do charity. I don't know too much about them.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've been in and out of Columbia, but it really in a unique school, being ivy league full of hyperintelligent high achievers without feeling like a machine made to churn out sociopathic moneymakers. It loves the arts and it loves rebellion. Students are PASSIONATE and they won't just show off for a class -- so many people choose to start businesses, hold protests, make differences, make art, do whatever it is they love. I currently am CEO of 2 companies I founded -- a webzine for genderqueer issues and a clothing line. Only thing is I wish that it could be more relaxed. When I was a freshman, it felt competitive and uncomfortable for me, like students didn't want to learn as much s they just wanted to be impressive, so I dropped out and transferred to Pratt with a massive scholarship. I returned a few years later in the school of General Studies, which is way more flexible and easygoing, especially when it comes to the core curriculum. I think the rest of Columbia should gradually make its way towards operating more like GS.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Nobody cares about them, typically players/coaches aren't very good, and the facilities are subpar.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Columbia has a toxic environment, both due to the competitive nature between students and also because of the administration's lack of compassion for its students. There's a reason Columbia is considered one of the most depressing schools in the country.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is expensive, but still much cheaper than renting a place off-campus. I loved living in Furnald even though it's known to be the "anti-social dorm". It's beautiful for one, and a very peaceful place to live.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are actually not super important at this school. Student life doesn't revolve around sports the way it might at other schools. Our sporting and workout facilities are fairly decent.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although I've been having a difficult time here, I know that for me this a great opportunity to challenge myself, learn and grow. I truly feel as though I'll be much more competent when I finally go out into the world.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus generally feels quite safe even though some of the surrounding area may seem different

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The career services and alumni network are unmatched

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The on boarding process has been smooth so far

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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