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Reviews 885 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some teachers lack interest in their student's success but the majority do really well to encourage hard work. The advisors are not very welcoming and i prefer to do things on my own than deal with them.

2 College Freshman

Parking: because it is the city parking is definitely a challenge but if you know all the right places you can find a great and cheap spot

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: From what I've seen so far, Greek Life isn't a huge part of Columbia's social atmosphere. They are fun if you want to party and people who belong to Greek Life seem to love it. However, its no big deal if you belong to a frat or sorority, but its also no big deal if you don't belong.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: The subway and the bus system are fast, efficient, and safe. There is also a free shuttle between the Columbia Morningside campus and the medical center campus.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: New York City has an endless number of restaurants and food options from pretty much any kind of cuisine you could possibly want to eat.

4 College Junior

Majors: They have the widest ranges of majors, I've heard of broad majors such as Anthropology to the most specific majors such as Middle Eastern Economic History.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: It's an environment that truly fosters academic growth and you are surrounded with people that truly appreciate being here. On beautiful summer days, you see people sitting outside Memorial Library and just chatting it up - it feels like home.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The gym is horrible and has the weirdest layout I've ever seen. However, I love the campus atmosphere and it has some of the most beautiful buildings ever. Also, the libraries are open pretty late - for all the other nerds out there (like me, holler!)

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There are a lot of Greek Life opportunities, but you don't need to join in if you don't want to

4 College Senior

Diversity: There are people from all over here, and everyone is really cool and accepting. Everyone is really tolerant about where you are from and/or what you believe.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Tons of cultural diversity, as well as a lot of diversity in terms of sexual orientation. Political diversity suffers a little bit, but not too much. You're in New York, too, so you'll see all kinds of people.

5 College Senior

Local Area: It's New York; you can do anything you want to in this city. There's not much else to say besides that; you're close to everything.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I live off campus and have needed to stay on campus into the night sometimes doing work or meeting with a classmate. I always feel comfortable on campus. It is well-lit and there are security guards at several of the entrances. It is not a fortress, however, and one's safety should be taken seriously.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is beautiful most of the year. The winter months can be cold, but everyone is experiencing the same thing which creates a supportive environment around the winter months.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have not seen any drug use on campus. I have heard of very little. I have never seen anyone drunk on campus (but I don't live in the dorms). There are some smokers, but they are few and typically stay together.

5 College Junior

Academics: Students seeking the foremost academics center should come to Columbia University. This ivy league school boasts some of the most advanced classes with amazing professors.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: It really just depends on what you're interested in and what classes you take. You can get as much or as little of your education here as you want. Many students will note professors who are more concerned with research than teaching. These professors do exist, and sadly are common, but the remedy is to drop theses classes and find better ones. Ask around about which courses and professors are worth it. Often, the answer may have nothing to do with professors, but with learning style. If you like discussion, take seminars about topics you find interesting. As a senior told me last year, you shouldn't have to take a class you don't like (except maybe Core Classes), so if you find yourself hating a class you're taking, it's your own fault. Granted, there is less flexibility with the aforementioned Core, so you my have a teachers who is boring or who plays favorites and have no outlet to switch without messing up you're entire schedule. But you should be able to find classes that are challenging and engaging, even entertaining if you try hard enough.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: No Drugs – I have not seen and/or heard of anyone using drugs on campus. I am a Social Work student have never experienced substance abuse while on compus.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Concerted Effort to Diversify Population – While the majority of the student population is white, there is a noticeable amount of people of different religions, races, representing a wide variety of states and countries. The school makes a concerted effort to attract international students.

3 College Senior

Administration: Not Very Strict – Security is enforced for public safety reasons and are very reasonable, given Columbia's location.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Columbia is pretty diverse, compared to other New England colleges. Given its location and ivy league status, it attracts diverse students from around the nation and world.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: A sizable number of students are commuters and live off campus and are not active in greek life.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good Looks, Great Brains – From what I have seen and experienced thus far, it appears that a large percentage of the Columbia University community is both attractive and intelligent. However, levels of arrogance can vary from person to person (which can be a very unattractive characteristic).

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Social Life and People Are Amazing – At Columbia you can find every type you can imagine from the typical American student to the freakiest international student. There are a lot of nationalities, girls are hot and you can even find actresses, models and dancers ( nontraditional students) at the Columbia University School of General Studies especially dedicated to returning and non traditional students

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The nightlife is very good at Columbia and the Morningside hights campus and neighbourhood in general. There are bars, clubs and restaurants everywhere with very convenient prices for the students. House parties are also great and free if you know the peolpe who will introduce you to these parties.

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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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