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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have only ever lived on campus, so I can't really speak to off-campus housing other than I know that it's available, usually reasonably subsidized, and overall pretty good from what I've heard.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in New York City. That pretty much means that you have every option available to you, if you have the time and/or patience.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't really have very much experience with campus strictness.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really party very much. However, the few parties that I have attended were club parties and/or in the senior suites in East Campus.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: At least in my experience, Columbia financial aid grants make it affordable, because realistically not very many people can pay the full cost of attendance.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, I like the food. I would prefer a wider variety of hours, but the food itself is way above average in terms of dining hall food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing availability is pretty good, and there's a variety of options available. Best part is probably that housing is guaranteed for all four years of undergrad. Sophomore housing process can be a pain but can also go very smoothly. Overall, above average.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus mostly. Health services here is awful.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't like sororities or fraternities so I probably am not the best person to ask.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Dodge Fitness Center is a wonderful place.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not an expert because i live on-campus but I do know that it is very expensive and not easy to come by.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty good all around. NYC is expensive though, it'd be nice if things were cheaper. And I wish there were more things open late at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: It depends on what you're talking about. Some things are outrageously over-policed, some not so much.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Its great at first when you are under the impression that everything is covered. However, now I realize that it isn't the greatest as I starve over spring break.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: They are very low-key compared to any other school. I don't party too often though so I could be wrong.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Never know what I'll get, it's all very hit or miss. The most frustrating thing is that it is not available at convenient hours.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Unfortunately our lottery process is convoluted and annoying, making housing a very stressful ordeal in the middle of finals season. At the moment, I am a sophomore and sophomore housing tends to be the worst among the classes. Hopefully next year I get lucky.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There aren't a lot of options for scholarships.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Dealing with all the specific paperwork they want is a bit of a hassle but I think it is the same no matter where you go to school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus all depends on what you're looking for, what you're willing to spend, and how far you're willing to travel. In general, it can be expensive, parking sucks but there is reliable public transit, and everything is a bit smaller if you live in the city. If you know someone who already lives around the area it be much easier to find someone who needs a roommate.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If your willing to get off campus a little ways, there are tons of eateries to explore! New York is such a diverse city so there is a little bit of every type of cuisine around. And most students know all the places to get the best deals if you ask around.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: For the most part everyone is helpful and generally nice. However it can be difficult getting a hold of someone who can help you with specific questions at times (housing, financial aid). As with most administrations, the students far out-number the staff so be prepared to wait if you're in a hurry. Otherwise I would say they're pretty average as far as school policies go. Try not to break the rules and you wont have any problems.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Be sure to apply for your FAFSA. You should be able to qualify for a reasonable amount of aid through that. Any other scholarships you can apply for are up to you. The more work you put into applying the better chances of getting at least one other and every little bit helps. Don't discriminate when it comes to free money! Try to apply for at least a handful of scholarships but know you will more than likely have to take out student loans to cover the rest of your tuition/living expenses.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You live in New York. If you want to stay near campus or go out downtown, there's always something, somewhere, at almost any time going on. You can be as much or little of a social butterfly as you want.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a decent amount of food on/around campus and they try to offer healthy selections but the best option is to try and bring your own food if you have time to meal prep. Otherwise you're sure to put on that freshman fifteen.

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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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