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Reviews 882 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Great gyms! Games are fun!

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: New York is VERY expensive and as a graduate student the only option is off campus housing...

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You can't really go wrong with finding good food in the middle of New York City... it's the best!

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Columbia students study hard, but know how to have fun!

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3 College Junior

Administration: As an off campus graduate student a lot of this does not apply to me, but I have always felt safe at Columbia.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's very hard to get financial aid... I applied for many of the school scholarships and what I received was barely any help. Looking to outside scholarships anywhere I can find!

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Every corner of campus has food available. Most are affordable and fresh!

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Columbia University is wonderful in every way! As a graduate student however, I have never lived ON campus myself, but from those who studied/are studying undergrad and have lived on campus they absolutely love it.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in New York City. That pretty much means that you have every option available to you, if you have the time and/or patience.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't really have very much experience with campus strictness.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: At least in my experience, Columbia financial aid grants make it affordable, because realistically not very many people can pay the full cost of attendance.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, I like the food. I would prefer a wider variety of hours, but the food itself is way above average in terms of dining hall food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing availability is pretty good, and there's a variety of options available. Best part is probably that housing is guaranteed for all four years of undergrad. Sophomore housing process can be a pain but can also go very smoothly. Overall, above average.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus mostly. Health services here is awful.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Dodge Fitness Center is a wonderful place.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty good all around. NYC is expensive though, it'd be nice if things were cheaper. And I wish there were more things open late at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: It depends on what you're talking about. Some things are outrageously over-policed, some not so much.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Its great at first when you are under the impression that everything is covered. However, now I realize that it isn't the greatest as I starve over spring break.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: They are very low-key compared to any other school. I don't party too often though so I could be wrong.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Never know what I'll get, it's all very hit or miss. The most frustrating thing is that it is not available at convenient hours.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Unfortunately our lottery process is convoluted and annoying, making housing a very stressful ordeal in the middle of finals season. At the moment, I am a sophomore and sophomore housing tends to be the worst among the classes. Hopefully next year I get lucky.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There aren't a lot of options for scholarships.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Dealing with all the specific paperwork they want is a bit of a hassle but I think it is the same no matter where you go to school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus all depends on what you're looking for, what you're willing to spend, and how far you're willing to travel. In general, it can be expensive, parking sucks but there is reliable public transit, and everything is a bit smaller if you live in the city. If you know someone who already lives around the area it be much easier to find someone who needs a roommate.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If your willing to get off campus a little ways, there are tons of eateries to explore! New York is such a diverse city so there is a little bit of every type of cuisine around. And most students know all the places to get the best deals if you ask around.

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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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