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3 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports at Columbia aren't really a big deal. It is pretty well known that Columbia is known more for its prestigious academic caliber and not athletics. With that said, Columbia offers a wide range of sports for student athletes and school spirit is always high. GO LIONS!

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: I didn't get offered any financial aid. There are opportunities, but you need to search them out.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The academic programs are top-notch. The professors are world-class and there are a ton of opportunities to set yourself apart as a student. One of the greatest things is the location - NYC has amazing internship opportunities.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: They have great athletic facilities, beautiful lawns, lots of study spaces, computer labs, and libraries - everything you need.

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4 College Senior

Technology: Computer labs are super accessible to students and there are many throughout both the Medical and the Morningside campus. The computers are usually in very good shape and software is always up-to-date. Printing is free for students, and the quota is fairly reasonable for undergrads based on the heavy coursework students have. Printing is easy, wherever there is a computer/computer lab/library, there will be a printer or two. If you are a Columbia student and you prefer to hang around with your laptop, that's not a reason to worry neither about printing as you can set up your personal device to print in the school's printers, this may vary a little for CU affiliates. Network is super reliable and decently fast, depend on campus location, usually libraries get the best reception. WIFI is free for everyone, even non-cu affiliates can access, just make sure to select the Columbia University network that does not have a lock next to!

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Columbia University is a very colorful school/campus. It brings people from all walks of life, cultural, religious, political and ethnical backgrounds together. It is a school that promotes and works on diversity, and equal rights for all its students.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation in NYC is extremely good and reliable; however, because Columbia has several campuses, the school does count with shuttle bus service between them. This is a very effective mean of transportation and it is free - as compared to public where you have to pay a transportation fee - for Columbia students and affiliates.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics at Columbia is beyong amazing. All the professors I've had are experts in their fields, are important people who know a lot of important people, and are happy to link you up with opportunities, internships and jobs. The courses were rigorous and informative, and the curriculum was broad and enriching. I was never one to want to do more than the required amount of work, but while I was at Columbia, I developed a love for learning and a thirst for knowledge and ended up taking far more credits than necessary. I can never be more grateful.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Columbia is incredibly diverse, with myriad races/religions/nationalities/political beliefs/sexual orientation/backgrounds represented. And it's in New York City, so it's hard to imagine any place more diverse.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The Nursing school at Columbia University is located in the Medical center in Washington Heights, NY. Washington heights is known for being dangerous, but the surrounding blocks of the school are safe and the campus security is present. You can have an escort to walk you home if you are studying late at night. The campus is not enclosed and is near a major hospital, making the area diverse and unpredictable

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not many people do it, its not the typical scene. And any and every body can get into a greek organization if they want, its too easy.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are quite small and people can be very unsanitary, yet cleaning services do a horrible job. The same trash can be on the bathroom floor for weeks.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I filled out the necessary forms and online applications yet they wanted additional documents on various occasions and by the time my financial aid was fully processed it was late. I'm sure that I didn't get as much aid as I would've if they hadn't held up the process.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The nursing school is mostly female and mostly white. There is a diversity in religions, cultures, and gender/interests.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printers jam a lot. Very hard to find a computer come finals/midterms. Wifi is OK, but often I don't find access in pretty important parts of campus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's NYC. The public transportation's good considering it serves a few million people daily. Chances are you'll live close enough to campus that it won't be a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Columbia admits based on the common app and also requires the most supplements I had to write. (About 4 extra essays). They weren't difficult and they are meant for the school to grasp a better idea of the applicant so I couldn't complain. The more opportunities you have to market yourself, the better.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's not Columbia's fault but the fact that we live in NYC. There are plenty of off campus housing opportunities they are just extremely expensive. Columbia has guaranteed housing all four years which I appreciate. Doesn't mean it's cheap either.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Students find it very easy to find internships because of their independent, go-getter attitude combined with crazy networking opportunities at Columbia. As a pre-med it really depends on who you've done research with or what programs you may apply to. I have had two unpaid internships and am exploring another this summer. This is the problem for pre-meds...there are plenty of opportunities but many of them volunteer/un-paid so you may have incredible experiences but you may not be able to afford them on your own without outside financial assistance.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Some of my friends tell me there isn't a major for them however there are plenty of options. There are some majors that require courses in multiple disciplines, which gives the students a taste of many areas of studies. Because we have a core curriculum here at Columbia, students will have access to global core departments, language departments, philosophy departments, etc so once they discover their niche they can further explore major options. As far as majors related to health, as a pre-med student I can say I wish there were more beyond "hard" sciences like biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, etc. A public health major would have been awesome.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: The computer labs are usually well-equipped with relatively new systems and printers. however, for most of the semester, during peak hours, it is quite crowded.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics facilities are quite good. While the Columbia Lions have a rather dry run this season, things are certainly picking up.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many housing options available - some close to the campus, some not so - including dorms, apartment shares and studios.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is a decent place to go for a workout during the winter when it's too cold to go anywhere else. Housed underground, the gym is actually several levels of rooms and courts that serve well enough for the sports at Columbia.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a few clubs and bars around campus that are limited to 21+. Nevertheless, that isn't to say that there aren't a range of weekend parties to attend at the Frats or upperclassmen dorms.

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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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