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Reviews 1182 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities are absolutely glorious. Such an amazing campus.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Coming from Queens College, it is hard to get more diverse. Meeting the variety of international students, though, gives you an entirely new view of the world

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: New York City opens up a world of opportunity. You just need to know where to look.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are $25 per year. They do have small fines for stuff like parking in grass. Since Columbia is a large city it would be best if you have a car but there are plenty of students that don't and someone is always around to help out.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is wonderful. They do everything they can to help you get the aid that you need to enroll in school

5 College Senior

Local Area: It's New York - greatest city on earth. What's not to like?

3 College Freshman

Weather: Rains too often and gets cold too quickly. Expect reliable warm weather to end in October and to never come back. You may get three days in a row of good weather in Spring, but it doesn't last longer than that.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The people are from all over so you can always find some interesting perspectives on things. However, Columbia is a very liberal university, so it's fairly homogeneous when it comes to political values.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a good variety of food and because you have three different cafeterias to choose from (Hewitt, John Jay, and Ferris) along with several caf├ęs and a late-night eatery (JJ's), so when you get bored with one cafeteria, you can always move on.

4 College Junior

Administration: One has to follow the rules of the university and the housing office, or else one can risk receiving sanctions, getting on probation, or being thrown out of housing. But most students should have no problem with following the rules. Partying is allowed with reasonable limits. Illicit drug use and underage drinking are not allowed.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many students are clean and sober throughout their campus stay. While drinking is common, there are also many students who do not drink at all, or who do not drink much or often, and one isn't pressured to drink. Alcohol is often accessible to the underage, but many underage students will have the sense not to drink regardless.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Columbia tends to be stronger in non-traditional sports, and has some very talented athletes in the various sports programs. There is a healthy attendance at traditional sporting events, such as football and basketball, and a healthy degree of team spirit, but students in general tend to be more focused on school, career, and other extracurricular activities than sports.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: The public transportation system in New York City is one of the most efficient in the U.S. You can get to any place in the city within 30 minutes, with options for local and express routes to your destination. Columbia, in particular, has public safety cars that provide transportation for students during certain night hours.

4 College Junior

Majors: Columbia has a wide range of majors and programs and the university has an extensive and prestigious network of colleagues, professionals, alumni, faculty/staff, and students. Anything you want to do, you can do at Columbia. The career center is excellent in helping you find and prepare for rewarding work opportunities.

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1 College Junior

Parking: New York City is definitely not a place that welcomes car owners. There is absolutely no need to have a car in the city. If you do decide to have a car, expect to pay a second rent just to park and maintain the car.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports at Columbia aren't really a big deal. It is pretty well known that Columbia is known more for its prestigious academic caliber and not athletics. With that said, Columbia offers a wide range of sports for student athletes and school spirit is always high. GO LIONS!

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: I didn't get offered any financial aid. There are opportunities, but you need to search them out.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The academic programs are top-notch. The professors are world-class and there are a ton of opportunities to set yourself apart as a student. One of the greatest things is the location - NYC has amazing internship opportunities.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: They have great athletic facilities, beautiful lawns, lots of study spaces, computer labs, and libraries - everything you need.

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4 College Senior

Technology: Computer labs are super accessible to students and there are many throughout both the Medical and the Morningside campus. The computers are usually in very good shape and software is always up-to-date. Printing is free for students, and the quota is fairly reasonable for undergrads based on the heavy coursework students have. Printing is easy, wherever there is a computer/computer lab/library, there will be a printer or two. If you are a Columbia student and you prefer to hang around with your laptop, that's not a reason to worry neither about printing as you can set up your personal device to print in the school's printers, this may vary a little for CU affiliates. Network is super reliable and decently fast, depend on campus location, usually libraries get the best reception. WIFI is free for everyone, even non-cu affiliates can access, just make sure to select the Columbia University network that does not have a lock next to!

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Columbia University is a very colorful school/campus. It brings people from all walks of life, cultural, religious, political and ethnical backgrounds together. It is a school that promotes and works on diversity, and equal rights for all its students.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation in NYC is extremely good and reliable; however, because Columbia has several campuses, the school does count with shuttle bus service between them. This is a very effective mean of transportation and it is free - as compared to public where you have to pay a transportation fee - for Columbia students and affiliates.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics at Columbia is beyong amazing. All the professors I've had are experts in their fields, are important people who know a lot of important people, and are happy to link you up with opportunities, internships and jobs. The courses were rigorous and informative, and the curriculum was broad and enriching. I was never one to want to do more than the required amount of work, but while I was at Columbia, I developed a love for learning and a thirst for knowledge and ended up taking far more credits than necessary. I can never be more grateful.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Columbia is incredibly diverse, with myriad races/religions/nationalities/political beliefs/sexual orientation/backgrounds represented. And it's in New York City, so it's hard to imagine any place more diverse.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The Nursing school at Columbia University is located in the Medical center in Washington Heights, NY. Washington heights is known for being dangerous, but the surrounding blocks of the school are safe and the campus security is present. You can have an escort to walk you home if you are studying late at night. The campus is not enclosed and is near a major hospital, making the area diverse and unpredictable

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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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