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Reviews 875 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Academics: I'm in Columbia University and I'm very satisfied with my education. The workload is hard and continues but it prepares you in a way that the student will be ready to deal with the real world once complete the degree.
The instructors and staff are very helpful and involved with the students.
It is an amazing school!

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: We have public subways, taxis and buses that run 24/7.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I prefer to walk everywhere, but if the destination is over 30 blocks then the subway is always running and easy to use. If you don't want to wait for the mass transit, there are taxis everywhere that can be hailed or contacted via phone or computer.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options to eat an NYC! One of the major must-dos when at Columbia is Coronets, where pizza slices are bigger than your head. There is also an amazing hungarian pastry shop on amsterdam where students flock to study at, along with many other cafes. Although the quality isn't amazing, there is the famous Tom's Restaurant, also known as "Tom's Diner" from Seinfeld.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The city life is awesome! It is easy to walk or take the subway to a variety of places, such as East Village, Washington Heights, or Union Square. While living in NYC is expensive, it is definitely worth it. Shopping and eating at all hours of the day and night are available, and there are loads of opportunities for cultural, musical, and sports events.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: As far as Ivy sports go, Columbia is pretty decent. But let's face it- we go here for the academics, not the sports. While there is team spirit present, our best abilities lie in fencing and archery, not football like most traditional colleges.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Columbia is in the heart of NYC, the best city to study in with an abundance of culture.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is alright. Gorgeous fall and spring and even winter, but summers can be unbearably hot and humid.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus and I always feel the presence of Columbia police and safety guards.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's New York, so not only are you getting the smartest students anywhere but also the most attractive and best dressed.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I love the change in seasons but I know others may be impacted by the cold weather.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Columbia makes a very active effort to attract qualified students from everywhere in the world.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Many students are very focused and are more interested in studying than partying.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Great neighborhood in upper west side/ morningside heights.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Great Diversity, many students from all backgrounds and cultures. Many international students as well.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is a scary place. The process as a whole is ok, the people are nice, but trying to understand the statement they send is a little mystifying. I've had to ask several times what certain items are and how they have calculated them. They are slow to respond, but eventually get around to it. You just need to stay on top of it all.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: The buildings at Columbia University are really unique in that they are architecrally pleaseing to look at which gives the campus a very traditional feel. The athletice facilities are well equiped and have been recently upgraded. Lots to do if you chose to do it. ....

4 College Junior

Majors: Usually unpaid, but usually means I'm working with great people.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's a continuing process, even after months of paperwork.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Typical four season location; so we have everything from snow to uncomfortable heat, including the very pleasant temperatures of fall and spring. Buildings are easy to get between, so inclement weather doesn't affect ability to make it to class, dining halls, or library.

4 College Senior

Local Area: New York City is constantly buzzing with an endless amount of things to do, see, and taste. There is a lot of free fun, like fairs, parades, certain museums, and campus performances and sporting events. And of course there is all of the city if you are willing to pay for it - Broadway, shopping, restaurants, sports (lets go Jets!) and best of all great public transportation to get around to everything. The local community is comprised of so many students and young professionals that I always feel a positive atmosphere towards students. I've rarely felt unsafe, but it's partially because I ascribe to safety in numbers and comfortable neighborhoods at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the medical school. Dr Nicholas the Dean of Admissions is amazing.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's college in the Northeast. It's going to be rainy or snowy often, but you don't have to drive in the snow. Just buy rain boots and a good umbrella and deal with it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I enjoy the food. There are many options to choose from; they offer Vegan, Vegetarian, and meaty dishes. Breakfast and lunch is best at Ferris; Brunch on the weekends and dinner during the week is best at John Jay Dining Hall; Late night food (til 1am) is offered at JJ's in the basement of the John Jay dorm. JJ's is a nice spot to grab breakfast 12am in the morning, sit and chat with friends, and watch television (they have several TV sets down there).

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's usually warm in August and September and the last couple weeks of school in May, however it gets pretty chilly during fall and terribly cold during the winter months, so it's generally cold throughout the two semesters. But you couldn't expect it to be any different because it's the usual New York weather.

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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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