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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Always able to find a computer to use and print. Almost more computers than students at times, of course many bring laptops. There are mostly PCs, but a fair amount of Macs around, which helps for ease of use and speed.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's shoddy diners for those who are so inclined, and there are upscale places for those who care. Plenty of variety.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Can be really beautiful when the Sun is out. Winter gets miserable, but the campus is really easy to get around without going long distances.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The research and classes are fun, but career opportunities are a bit limited because biotech companies don't recruit at CU a lot.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Beautiful campus and artwork, world class teachers and institution.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Numerous events on campus, great open-campus vibe for visitors.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Super convenient public transit system but the costs end up running high.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Terrible during summers and winters but decent during the academic year.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't really pay attention to the sports on campus.

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4 College Junior

Technology: They work just fine and the printing quota is great. It's just sometimes printing takes a while to do because there are so many people trying to print all at once.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the large campus and the city it's in. The people are intense but in a good way.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have yet to be subjected to seeing any people use drugs.

4 College Junior

Academics: The interconnectedness of the social work discipline is fantastic.

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4 College Junior

Academics: It's a great challenge and I think I have grown a lot in academia.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Facilities could use some work here and there, but odds are you can find a place to study/dance/whatever if you need one. They're a bit dated but usually accomplish their intended purposes.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the guys here are attractive, especially if you like smart guys like me. Queer scene is pretty vibrant but it can be hard if you don't put yourself out there -- though that applies to almost any dating.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: It's New York City. You should leave the car at home, you absolutely will not need it. There is no parking provided by the university, so you're stuck to parking on the street.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Honestly it depends on where you eat and the day you go. There are three dining halls so there can be variety, but most of the time the food is more or less the same quality wherever you go. If you go somewhere where the food is good on that particular day, you're fine -- but otherwise, when the food is terrible, it's *really* terrible. Odds are you can find something you like but don't bank on every meal being the best.

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4 College Student

Transportation: The subway stops right outside the gates of campus and goes straight downtown. In general public transportation is pretty good in New York, why anyone drives around here is beyond me.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Columbia is a place where you meet interesting people, learn interesting subjects, and make interesting things happen. It serves as an open door to the city and to the world, and opportunities for challenge and growth are endless.

In some respects, Columbia takes the wonderful craziness of the craziest city in the country and amplifies the crazy in direct proportion to the number of (brilliantly) crazy individuals who comprise its community. (It's remarkable how often the traits of genius and madness coincide.) No bones about it: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: It's New York, and boredom is practically a non-issue. Columbia has the advantage of being relatively removed from the ever-present mayhem of downtown Manhattan, though, so it's not difficult to buckle down and study when necessary.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Columbia's much-bemoaned student center — though indeed a glassy, ramp-y monstrosity and a colossal waste of potential activity space — does serve its purpose as a hub for student organizations, advising, counseling, and other indispensable supports in undergraduate life (and, incidentally, it *does* look rather pretty at night). Classroom quality varies dramatically, but study space is readily available if one knows where to go (and where not to). True to New York form, negotiating and ensuring space availability will always present issues. Performing arts facilities could use an update; student music groups, for instance, are often forced to hold recitals in scattered lounges and lobbies around campus.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Columbia has fairly generous policies on scholarships, stipends, and fellowships, and you can usually find whatever financial support you need. The only negative: administrative crosstalk between departments is exceedingly weak, and the myriad offices (Global Programs, Financial Aid, Advising, etc.) are prone to miscommunication.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: EtOH and MJ are extremely common and available, but students certainly need not indulge in either to enjoy their free time.

4 College Senior

Diversity: With the exception of students' political views (overwhelmingly liberal) and family means (overwhelmingly wealthy or "upper middle-class"), Columbia has a clear commitment to recruiting intelligent individuals of all religious, ethnic, and sexual inclinations, and each class reflects this extremely well. In many cases, one can learn more from the interesting experiences and perspectives of one's peers than from the faculty.

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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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