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Reviews 970 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I have never noticed my school presenting favoritism nor heavy annoyance toward any group of students, no matter how they classify themselves. In fact, pride and desire for the school to see the range of cultures on campus is high, so representation of whatever your culture or life-style is is strongly encouraged.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great public transport, but expensive. Taxis are no better.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish I got money.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's exactly what you came here for. World-class academics.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: The Engineering program is very challenging and competitive. The professors are interactive and provide guidance.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: No issues if you follow the guidelines.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not sure of the options available.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: No air condition. Could be a challenge when the weather is warm.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: NY has different seasons. Limited outside activities during winter months.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Technology: Ability to print assignments. I use my own computer.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students are highly focused and competitive. There is a wide range of interest from the arts to sports. Dress code is relaxed.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I do not notice students taking drugs.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You can go to the diner or pick up pizza

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students focus on academics and not sports.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I currently do not participate.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Having an internship during the school year is extremely challenging. You are required a great deal of hours to prepare for class and exams.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: My career goals are studying Civil Engineering with a minor in biological science. My concerns on finding a job in my field is having relevant experience that can add to my resume. I will be required to attend summer school to minor in science, which will limit my opportunities with summer employment.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: City parking is limited. Most students do no have cars. Mass transit is available.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are numerous attractions available from night light to museums.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Bars, clubs, parties, everywhere. It's New York!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Ivy experience, with LOTS of program and personal support networks in place

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: This is the best of the best

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Again, its what you make of it - NYC has everything, if you are willing to travel a little bit

4 College Freshman

Transportation: NYC Subway is easy - campus is on an express line

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: It is one of the top universities for many reasons, one of which is its high expectations for its students, so the strictness is expected.

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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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