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3 College Junior

Weather: It does not seem to be better or worse on campus compared to other parts of the city.

3 College Junior

Majors: Professors are brilliant and top in their field but they act as though students are not important and place their research first.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: This has been a topic of great debate most recently. There will hopefully a lot of reform concerning health care services and the counseling and psychological services very soon.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics are stellar and the work is rigorous. But the culture of stress on this campus is sometimes overwhelming.

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not involved in Greek life. Occasionally go to a party in a fraternity or sorority's brownstone and always leave disappointed.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Weather: New York is really hot in the summer, really cold in the winter. It's not for everyone but the payoffs of in the spring and fall, when the city is beautiful and the temperatures are perfect, is are well worth the suffering.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Diversity: Columbia prides itself on being an accepting and diverse school. While students come from all over the country and around the globe, the school remains to be mostly upper middle-class Caucasian students.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some of the residences are nice, some are decent, some are just awful. Though there have been initiatives to change this, there is currently no real "community" in Columbia dorms. Common areas are often empty and quiet hours are strictly enforced. Recently, students have been working to transform residence halls into smaller communities as opposed to just places students retreat to after all-nighters in the library.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Technology: Columbia labs can be frustratingly scarce but it isn't an issue if you bring your own laptop.

2 College Junior

Administration: The RA's and Public Safety officers do their best not to get you in trouble. However, once you are in trouble, the Columbia administration shows no mercy-ever.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Area: Living in Manhattan is the best. Morningside Heights might not be the best neighborhood for outings but everything you could ever need is just a subway ride away!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Columbia has some very difficult policies regarding financial aid. For example, they meet 100% of projected need. However, if you receive outside scholarships, that money cannot be used to pay the remaining balance on your tuition, rather Columbia will just revoke some of it's aid and you are left with the same amount on the bill.

26 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Living in New York means there's no end to restaurant options. There's a great deal of ethnic diversity in restaurants, including a Cuban, Korean, Halal and Mediterranean restaurant all on the same block.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There can be criminal activity in the neighborhood surrounding campus and can involve Columbia students but with each incident, an email explaining the crime and tips to prevent its recurrence or help police is always sent out.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: Living in the North means dealing with four very real seasons. You pretty much walk everywhere, so dealing with the elements is inevitable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student life can be great but students are often so preoccupied with classwork that relationships with peers falls by the way side. There are a few traditions, especially around finals, but not too many. Student hangouts are few and far between, though the libraries are top notch.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are a great deal many more opportunities available to Columbia students just by being in New York City. Internships at major financial or television studios are obtainable without too much difficulty. The name Columbia also gives any applicant a leg up.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are lots of bars around campus as well as frequent frat parties (though not every weekend). Underage drinking is common, as can be witnessed Thursday or Saturday nights.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I am not on a meal plan, but I have eaten in the dining halls before. As a freshman you are required to purchase an unlimited meal plan (19 meals a week) which is a huge waste and quite expensive. There are 3 dining halls but there can be little variety between them. Only one offers a kosher option, but it's much more extensive than other universities.

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.

11 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.

7 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.

2 people 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.

5 people found this useful Report
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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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