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Reviews 888 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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4 College Junior

Technology: The computer labs at Butler Library are extremely crowded during exam period. There are not many MAC computers in the library, so for art students who need to use design softwares, it's not very helpful and convenient.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Since I am an international student, Columbia was not generous with scholarships for me although many of my american friends have gotten some scholarship. But those are funded by different people . I think columbia is stingy with scholarships.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are great and very receptive. Curriculum is rigorous but then it is a world class university. Still there is so much besides studies going on that there is never a dull moment on the campus . Registration is online and competitive. Popular study areas in Columbia are engineering, liberal arts, medicine, law, business.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Advantages include personal freedom and independence. Disadvantages can be the effort which goes into looking for apartments and the trouble of setting it up. However availability and prices vary from place to place. You can get cheaper apartments uptown and the prices rise as we move downtown. Parking is difficult to find in NYC. Avoid cars altogether. Columbia has off-campus housing resources which are helpful.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Columbia has many options around it. Just walk downtown to 90th streets and near by for great many varieties of thai, chinese, turkish, mexican and Japanese food. Pocket friendly options are many and you need to know the right places to go to.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Columbia has a shuttle running between its main and medical campuses and also has shuttles plying across the George Washington Bridge. The frequency is every 30 minutes and it is free for students. Very convenient. But it does not ply on the weekends. Subway is right outside the gates of the school.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Although you hear about kids doing drugs at Columbia, you don't really see it all that much. Alcohol is Columbia's preferred drug and while the other stuff is there, it's not a major part of the social scene and it's easy to ignore.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: You don't really need transportation around the campus itself because everything is close to each other. To get around NYC is really easy, affordable, and convenient. The subway stop is really close to campus and so are the bus stops. It's pretty inexpensive and reliable, and can get you to pretty much anywhere in the city.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is very important to spend time at office hours!

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Just like every other Ivy League school, Columbia doesn't offer merit bases scholarships. They do however have a large enough endowment to pay full tuition for families making under $60k a year and to %100 cover the demonstrated financial need of families making more than that.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You literally have amazing food from every inch of the world at your fingertips. You just gotta save up some money. Many places around morningside offer a student discount.

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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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