YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews 885 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

{{ error }}
close
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I need more aid than they are willing to give, though that is not to say they have given me nothing. I do receive aid and it is 100% of my "projected" need, but what they deem we can offer and what my family actually can are two very different things.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I find my major incredibly fascinating and the community is small. I like that my major is unique and stands out among the many students who are political science or economics majors. I have only met a few other students who are my specific major, as it is under another bigger umbrella major.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the academics but just because it's great, doesn't mean it isn't incredibly difficult. The workload is heavy and the registration process can be difficult if you don't get priority access (obtained by being an athlete or attending another school). You won't simply be taught by TAs, but by top professors and researchers who are famous in their fields. It's an incredible opportunity to learn from the best.

6 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a member of the cheerleading squad, I witness just how poor the school spirit is weekly. The basketball games are well-attended (meaning people actually show up) but football always has more parents or alumnae than students watching the game. Because the school is so academically focused, athletes are looked down upon as only getting in due to their athletic capabilities and not because of their academic intelligence.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many computers in theory but they aren't always available when needed. The printing quota is 100 pages a week and I have never exceeded it (though I do get unlimited free printing at my other school). The need for a personal computer is quite high, as I couldn't expect getting work done without one.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The stress culture abounds at Columbia, so there's often great talk of random hook-ups or hooking up just to relive stress. While there are many long-term relationships, it can be difficult finding someone who is interested in taking time away from their studies to pursue a relationship.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: I attend another school and live in off-campus housing, which restricts my access to the Columbia dorms unfairly.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a great deal of diversity on campus, especially due to the amount of international and graduate students.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttle is reliable but only runs between 9pm-4am

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Columbia university is located in NYC thus the lifestyle is amazing

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: Some of the greatest professors for economics in the country are teaching in Columbia University.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Columbia has amazing study abroad programs

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is very good, but the class are not that professional

4 College Freshman

Technology: I think most people on campus bring their own laptops to school, so the computer labs are always free for anyone who didn't bring one, or needs to use the printers. I don't think I've ever encountered a completely full computer lab.

Each student is allotted a certain amount of pages for printing each month. I'm not quite sure what the limit is (I think it's 100 pages) since I'm only a first year; the amount of printing I've had to do has no where near approached the limit. For people who have to print out a lot of pages for papers or whatever, I hear there's a way to hack the printers for unlimited pages.

There's wifi all over campus, and the network's never been slow or down for me since the year started. However, my roommate mostly uses her iPad to access the internet, and it's lagged a bit for her a couple times.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: Columbia's in a great place in NYC, close enough to the big attractions so that it's convenient to get to them, but far enough away where the noise isn't distracting. The main campus is located between Broadway and Amsterdam, so there are all kinds of stores within walking distance. The 116 Broadway subway stop is right in front the school gates, so transportations super convenient. Times Square is only a 20 min subway ride away. Museum Mile, on 5th avenue, is only a 30 min bus ride away. The school offers discount tickets to many of the shows, plays, and concerts currently showing, and your student ID lets you get into many museums and similar places for free.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Transportation: Living in New York, trains and buses are easy and accessible. I live in Brooklyn and my average travel per day is about an hour. It is very convenient.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food options are great but after a while, you might get tired of them.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know too much about Greek Life.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: New York City has the subway system but it might take some getting used to if you've never used the subway.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's New York City. There is always something to do!

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing isn't the best but its good enough for living in New York City.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received financial aid but my family still struggles to pay the amount that is expected of us.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Columbia isn't a very strict campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The students on campus are cool.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: The workload at Columbia is heavy. The teachers are great.

1 person found this useful Report
{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Photos More photos . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's this?

View student contributors

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!

Admitted Students' GPA/Test Scores More on admissions . . .

Applicant Status At Columbia University

How do I stack up?

Compared against the students in the chart, you are in the:

??? Percentile
4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!