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Reviews 1232 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Major declaration is fairly easy and you can change up to your last year for more programs. The only exceptions I know of are the arts majors (visual, dramatic, literary), which all require some application for the major and some for a majority of their classes as well.

College Sophomore

Parking: The campus is in uptown Manhattan and is therefore subject to the parking of the area. There is not special campus parking (that I've seen anyway) so people just park on the street or anywhere else they can put their car. Unless you're deciding to commute from out of the city every weekend (for god knows what reason) you won't need a car.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As far as just majors themselves, there are plenty to choose from in a number of diverse fields. Not all of them will get you an internship (or will get you an internship but won't get you a job). Unfortunately, that is the role of education these days. Sigh. For my major, Environmental Biology, there are a bunch of research and local project internships available. There are also lots of cool things happening at the Earth Institute.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is excellent because you're in New York City. While there are of course more expensive options, there are also affordable options for everyone that still provide great food (even if you might have to add Subway fare into your calculations). If you need something quick and tasty, there are halal carts right outside campus. New York's food scene leaves much to be explored.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking gets an F, but really it's not a concern for students since nobody has a car (it's New York, I mean seriously). Public transportation (subway and buses) is efficient and the first choice of pretty much everyone on campus. It can get pricey if you need to use it a lot for something off campus - like volunteering or a job - but some off-campus opportunities may cover the cost of transportation. If you're destination isn't very far, walking is a good, free option, too. If you insist on having a car, you're just making trouble for yourself.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: i love the facilities, they are clean and have everything i need.. except a fax machine.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have yet to meet anyone who deals with any drugs and the university does a great job at dealing with them

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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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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