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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's generally nutritious (except JJ's place) and accomodating of dietary preferences, and while (like any cafeteria food) it gets old fast, sometimes the dining halls will surprise you (Ferris fish tacos, surf and turf). Honestly, while I've rarely had a really good meal, I've had very few meals that tasted bad- mostly ranges from bland but edible to pretty good. Ferris pasta station is always an option. The main downside to campus food is that the meal plan is quite overpriced, especially in comparison to the multitude great, practical dining options in Morningside Heights. Still, having eaten meals at other colleges and hosted friends from other colleges, I can say that Columbia's dining options are much better than the vast majority of college campus food, including most other pricy private universities.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Amazing campus and facilities. Constantly building.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Columbia is definitely one of the most respected schools in the nation.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Very easy to meet people.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Area: This is New York City

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5 College Senior

Academics: Probably the most course offerings in the ivy league. Amazing faculty.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus is enclosed and gated in a nice area of Manhattan. It is the safest of the ivies.

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: There is Greek life available if you so desire in very nice brownstones.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Many people have parties in their dorms or lounges. There are frats and sororities off campus.

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5 College Senior

Administration: The campus guides students, but most of the students are bright and mature, and don't do dumb things.

5 College Senior

Athletics: The new athletic complex for athletes is amazing. The Campbell Sports Center is the best in the ivies. The gym is righton campus near alll the dorms.

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5 College Senior

Campus Food: Best food and options in the ivies.

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Columbia dorms are great. Easy waslk to everything. Small, intimate safe campus. There are also some high rises with great views.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Science, premed, engineering is fantastic at Columbia. Great faculty and courses.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: On campus housing is amazing. Everyone lives on campus.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: location is next to my school.

4 College Senior

Administration: The teachers are challenging enough and open to your ideas.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It was 2008 when I applied. I had my undergraduate professor and mentor helping me. The requirements were much simpler than they are now. Only a couple of essays about my mission and personal statement. I didn't even have to write about Columbia to tell them why I found them a good fit for me.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have no experience with this side of Columbia.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Standard university stuff, I think

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am, or course, astounded by my professors here, but even my even my TA's are world class educators.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Our bureaucracy is famous, but, if you have patience and can put up with filling out an occasional form, everything works out in the end.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's NYC, there's great food everywhere, and when you don't want to walk, there's always delivery

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's easy to find parties or at least small get-togethers. Problem is there's usually a ton of work to get done...

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great financial aid, the department is very effective at giving money where it is needed efficiently.

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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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