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Reviews 1025 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Columbia University is pretty diverse in terms of Ethnic Heritage and Sexual Orientation. It is however fairly homogeneous in terms of politicaal affiliation with just a little diversity in terms of economic status. However, diversity due to ethnic origin and nationality coupled with extreme levels of liberalness makes Columbia seem much more diverse than it actually is.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: NYC is the best for all of that stuff except for maybe safety. And parking but I only know that from my friend who has a car.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I have hung out with people from my class many times since I've been here, but I don't know much about any other students other than what I observe walking through campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I have been to many different kinds of restaurants since I've been here. The 24 hour supermarket on broadway and 116th is very convenient.

1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: There was no scholarship or aid opportunity other than FAFSA for the program I am in.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: My class isn't very diverse, by I see a lot of diversity around campus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I would have liked and probably taken part in a dining plan for summer students.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I would like to have known information about my program sooner.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Same as last page. As well as it would be ideal to have refrigerators in the lounges. 99% of my money is going to eating out, because I can't store anything here.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I saw a little of everything.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of great places to eat in Morningside Heights.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It can be fun if you make it fun and if you're into sports. But if you're not, no pressure.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: This question is really obscure so I'll say Columbia is awesome. 10/10. Would definitely recommend.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There's always something to do, no matter what your interests are.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF, THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN'T DOOO

On an unrelated note, I'll be honest. Columbia students do not view Barnard as a part of our community, or even as an appropriate school for that matter. Sorry.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Core Curriculum is great, it allows you to explore interests without getting in the way of your major or study abroad programs.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is really and fun, in my personal opinion. Professors are great an surprisingly approachable.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I am aware that campus police exists, they are readily available to help but I wouldn't bank o their help.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Racial and economic diversity is great, I'd say political atmosphere is mostly liberal but it's nothing you wouldn't expect.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not worn your time not worth your time not worth your time

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People at Columbia dress really well, but all the attractive males are either gay or complete dickwads. This school is heaven if you're homosexual or a hetero male, but if you're a hetero female, you won't be finding your MRS. degree here.

17 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: The advising system is really phenomenal. The office is pretty much always available to answer any questions.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The English Department has such an amazing variety of courses to take and the program allows for you to explore all your interests, whether in Creative Writing or a foreign literature course.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman residences are the best by far. Single rooms are pretty rare for sophomores, so as long as you make a friend or two you should be fine for the next year.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: New York City. Anything you could possibly want is in this city. The diversity of the cultures, nightlife, food and activities are almost unchallenged by any other city. Parking can be incredibly difficult and frustrating, but you really don't need a car. The public transportation system is one of the greatest in the world. Between subways, buses, taxis, trains, ferries and even cable cars you can reach any corner of any of the five boroughs that make up the city easily, including the all the stadiums to any sporting event. Unfortunately, it is an expensive city, but if you are willing to sacrifice a few luxuries, such as not having an elevator in your apartment building, and you budget properly, it is possible, and worth it.

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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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