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Reviews 875 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The restaurants and cafes on campus are decent quality and fairly priced for NYC. In the Columbia neighborhood there are tons more restaurants and cafes to eat at, with a wide variety of ethnic and special-needs places as well.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The athletic facilities are nice, although there are not enough machines for the number of people using it. I personally have not used the student center very much, and there are almost no campus-wide events. There are multiple beautiful libraries, and only students can get in with their school ID. The libraries are old and have a very prestigious feeling :)

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The school has a lot of up-to-date facilities that are available to students as part of their mandatory tuition payments. The School of Social Work is in a beautiful new building with all needed services for students. However, there is a lot of logistical protocol to organize any students groups or events that are not directly sponsored by the school. They do not let you put up fliers and charge a lot to provide students with meeting space. Another critique I have of the University as a whole is that there is not a lot of inter-school social interaction. Each school within the university has its own rules, buildings, and social events. One great thing that the school offers is a set tuition charge and then you can take unlimited classes per semester, at any of Columbia's schools.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Columbia University's identity is largely about the diversity of the students in terms of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, and activities. About half of our student body identify as "students of color." Columbia also has a large number of international students. This diversity further manifests in a diverse amount of activities and clubs.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living in New York, university housing is undoubtably the best possible options for students in terms of convenience and especially cost. There are university owned apartments available outside the main morningside heights campus, however, I don't know anyone who would spend the outrageous amount of money on non University housing in New York.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life definitely exists. Many fraternities and sororities have their own brownstones and hold weekend parties and events as well as other types of societies and communities. However there is Columbia is not known for Greek life because it doesn't consume the lives of the students who are part of these communities, but is there when you want it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are not that large at Columbia. We rarely win events in our major sports like football. That said, Columbia students have fostered a amusing campus unity surrounding our loosing streaks. I find the athletes to be extremely dedicated because they are not on scholarship and can quite at anytime.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: When it comes to campus safety, the campus security is rather strict about things like swiping into buildings, throwing items out windows (which results in immediate loss of dorm housing), and going onto roof tops. Understandably, these restrictions are to maintain student safety. As a "wet campus" underage drinking is rarely enforced unless a medical team is called to a scene in which case underage drinking is reported and sometimes penalized.

3 College Junior

Administration: I haven't been here long, but it doesn't seem to be too strict of a school.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are amazing. They are very available. The curriculum is challenging, but if you study hard, you will do well. Registration is very easy. All is done online, so you can do it from your room.

5 College Junior

Academics: As a narrative medicine grad student, I am very very satisfied. The professors are amazing, the students are great, and you learn so much.

3 College Junior

Weather: Winters are cold and snowy. You don't want to walk around campus at all.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Not of huge importance on campus. However, when going to games, people are huge supporters of the teams.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus, which is really nice. There are lot of multicultural clubs such as lion dancing or bellydancing, multicultural Greek life, and it's really exciting. Everybody is accepted at Columbia and you'll find its not that difficult to have a diverse group of friends if you try

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: This is New York - you can get anything you want any time of day

4 College Freshman

Majors: The main reason I decided to apply ED to Columbia University is that their Core Curriculum is completely different from any other undergraduate program in any university. I absolutely love the classes that I have to take for the core, although those classes can get in the way of some other classes. But the core is a unique way of tying together all the students in Columbia College and SEAS. If I could do it all over again, I definitely would have still chosen Columbia College.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms aren't the most luxurious dorms I've ever seen, but for New York City the space and view are pretty nice. Some freshman dorms have problems with mice and puke on the floors on weekends, but overall (especially in Carman) the rooms are on the big side and the views on the top floors are amazing. The locations of the freshman dorms are unbeatable; nearly centrally located on campus and on both Broadway and Amsterdam (which border the east and west side of campus) you can go to great restaurants and shops just by crossing the street.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drugs are minimal. Drinking tends to be the activity of choice.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I know that Columbia has organized sports teams because it is part of the Ivy League...but what they are exactly I couldn't tell you. For me having a sports-centric college experience wasn't important, so I don't mind the fact that they aren't super-abundant on campus. It's New York City, so going to the game on weekends isn't really routine for a lot of people. I gave Columbia a C because their actual athletic facility is terrible and a complete ripoff. Doesn't have lockers that are free-of-charge for people to use. Also because intramurals are limited and most sports classes that are offered are for-credit only.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: The computer labs at Columbia are easy to access and usually have minimal waiting times to print. Printing quotas are per page and almost every printer is configured to print double-sided, so even a little goes a long way. During exam periods labs tend to be more crowded, especially at Butler, but overall it is usually possible to find a spot in one of the campus labs.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most people here who do drugs have been doing it for a while; there is very little peer pressure and a lot of safety because it's less of a fad than something that some people do for personal satisfaction. That said, there is a significant portion of people who do do drugs on campus. However, the SOCIAL activities are more focused on alcohol than drugs.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: New York - smack in the middle of Manhattan. What more could one wish for! Whether it is theater, music, opera, cinema - Broadway has it all. Like museums, parks and other recreational facilities - within stone's throw and students get discounts/ free entry at most major museums.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a visible presence of the public safety department and the security officers work closely with the NYPD to keep the campus safe. There are shuttles available for students with a security personnel accompanying during late nights.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The places around campus are quite good, especially the cafes and dining halls. Most have gluten-free, vegan/ vegetarian options. The food is usually fresh and hygienically prepared and the halls are clean and well-maintained.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Not a lot of dating happens at Columbia. A lot of guys I met were gay and the others were interested in random hook-ups

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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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