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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.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You are in Manhattan. You can't really ask for more, there is something for everyone, every night of the week. As long as you can afford the time off from class and studying there is stuff to do.

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Honestly people, I don't know what half of what the hell everyone else on here is talking about. Sure, there are a few good looking girls at Columbia. But 90% of them are stuck up and don't care about you if you aren't buying them everything their parents used to. While most of the chicks are beat to begin with, the ones that manage to put on enough make up to look halfway decent are so full of themselves because they came from a high school where they were seen as nothing to a college where they are goddesses. Transferring next year, can't wait.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a subway right beside campus on 116th and Broadway.

1 College Sophomore

Academics: Not only do they not offer a huge variety of majors, programs and courses, but the classes they do offer are way harder than they should be. It's like every professor at the college has this undying need to make every subject 10 times harder than it should be and add tons of material that isn't in the textbook. They try to trick you on exams and add information to the exams that they did not teach in lecture. I honestly do not understand how anyone can maintain a 3.0. And forget it if you are an athlete...the professors and students will automatically all hate you.

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2 College Sophomore

Local Area: New York City is the most overrated place in the world. There is nothing to do if you are not 21, unless you're actually interested in all the bulls*** museums and art displays that are all the same.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is cold in the winter, although not as cold as I expected. However, this cold weather lasts for a very long time (Mid October-Mid March). It doesn't snow too often on the bright side.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school makes no attempt to provide info on off campus housing. Also, being in NYC, it is extremely expensive and no one really does it...ever.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life at Columbia is there for those that want it. Most freshmen go to a frat party or two, just to have the experience. The Greek housing is somewhat nicer (can be) than dorm living, but not worth getting involved just for the housing. In general, Greeks are not viewed as much different than non-Greek students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Finding an internship in NYC as a Columbia student is a cinch. Whatever field you want to get into, you can test it out with an unpaid (or low paid) internship. I had internships nearly every semester, some were more involved than others. My friend interned at a big wedding planning company and had a great experience. I interned at City Hall a few times. Most of the places I interned at were advertised through Columbia's career services department.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Columbia's Political Science program doesn't start to get really good until junior & senior years when you can take seminars with great professors. The intro classes are pretty standard and very large.

4 College Senior

Majors: As an industrial engineering major and computer science minor, I would like to say that I was really happy with especially the CS part of my program. I think IE really helped me land my job offer in consulting, but CS was the only actual sciency fun part of my undergrad experience. Today, if I knew for sure that I could end up in management consulting even with a CS degree, I would definitely go for that instead of IE... IE is basically many many probabilities (very easy but overwhelming). But heeeyy, it definitely gives you the manager feel right from sophomore year :)

4 College Senior

Majors: check out the 3-2 program coz that's what i'm doing

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Columbia has "need blind" financial aid. Essentially, if you need financial aid once you have been admitted, they will give it to you, and also help you find loans, etc to cover what the school cannot provide for you. You do need to get your paperwork in time, but even if all can't make the deadline with all your papers, your financial aid adviser will work with you to speed up the process, even give you forms to send to them directly instead of through Collegeboard.

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.

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.

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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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