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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.

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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.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's a bit low key compared to the rest of manhattan. I love going to the street fairs in the warmer months and some of the more live parts of the city are just a subway ride away.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: A New York City University, Columbia barely gets affected by weather. It almost never snows here, rains are rare; however, it tends to get hot in summer. Humidity makes the summer heat unbearable at times.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The police force is pretty strict. They are available for the students if needed and can be easily reached. Morninside campus is a pretty safe place overall. It is important that every student follows University polices and respects its rules and regulations. As long as you follow them, you will be safe and protected.

5 College Junior

Academics: The reputation of the professor and teh industry experts recruited preceeds them.

The major takes on a wholistic aproach, and does not ignore the need to develop and polish the soft skills in a very rigorous technical program.

5 College Junior

Academics: The on-boarding process at this university has been very detailed and helpful. The administrators have been nothing short of patient with the advices, and are very willing to offer information which they would deem contextually helpful, even if not specifically asked.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: People don't take transportation to get around campus because campus is very small and you can get anywhere by walking. But there are shuttle bus services to Lamont Doherty and the Medical Center. Buses come basically every hour and it's very convenient if you have an internship at one of those places.

Public transportation is very convenient. The 1 train goes straight to the front gates and there's another stop 6 blocks away. Other trains can be found on the other side of campus. Taxis are convenient as well.

Don't bother getting a car - it'll be more trouble than anything else. Parking is horrendous unless you get there early and driving in NYC is just a pain.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: All the majors at Columbia can be said to be well thought out and planned. Most of the older majors have extensive programs in place that gives students a lot of flexibility. That said, there are not that many majors or at least, most majors are pretty old school. For example, some of my friends did not apply because there's not a dedicated business major and the music major is just that - music. There isn't a music performance, music education, or music technology major (probably because if you are good enough, you'll do the Julliard, Columbia joint degree and take your music courses at Julliard).
The graduate schools are a lot more diverse. Undergrad - not so much.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's New York City so restaurants are amazing and there are plenty of them. But if you stick around the Columbia campus area, you'll get pretty tired of the food. Though there are a lot of restaurants, there's an abundance of burgers and sandwich places. There are way too many delis and it just gets old. However, during your first semester, you aren't likely to get tired of the food (given you're eating off campus sometimes and not only using the meal plan) since there are quite a lot of restaurants right off campus and even the street food changes on different days of the week.

4 College Junior

Majors: I completed an online application and wrote an essay explaining why i want to be a social worker and i had to describe my experience since i was applying to the 16 month accelerated program.I also had to submitt three references. It was stressful for me only because i applied at the last minute otherwise it was not too challenging at all. My tip for admission would be to start early and get all your material together before starting the process.

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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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