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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Columbia University provides an opportunity to have a well rounded education. The Core Program provides you with studies in a wide range of topics along with you have an opportunity to focus on your desired major.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school has a dense and busy schedule but the work is not too difficult as long as you keep up. It's a large program so there are many opportunities to make friends over time.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The core curriculum is definitely a unique part of Columbia life. Our school encourages students to appreciate literature and all forms of art. Being located in Manhattan helps the cultural experience and Columbia's art center provides free or discounted tickets to museums and shows (movies, plays, musicals, etc.) for students and staff. I love musicals and I watched Wicked at a pretty good seat by paying only $56 through Columbia discount and I can visit MoMA and the MET for free with my school ID + a special sticker from the ID center.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Columbia has been an eye opening experience. While the academic side is ver rigorous I am very comfortable and appy with the people who I have meet at Columbia.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: NYC housing sucks and it always will.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There's nothing in the area. You have to travel somewhere for it to really be worth it.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Only speaking for the medical campus. There isn't a lot of diversity.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I'm only speaking for the Public Health administration. It's very disorganized and sometimes they are quite rude.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: They don't give enough aid and you have to fight them to increase work study stipends.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: For New York, it is not the best.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The quality of food in Morningside Heights in general is not great.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Its very close to campus and decent rent.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The food is okay for the price.

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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!

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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.

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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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