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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's NYC, there's great food everywhere, and when you don't want to walk, there's always delivery

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's easy to find parties or at least small get-togethers. Problem is there's usually a ton of work to get done...

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great financial aid, the department is very effective at giving money where it is needed efficiently.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: 1st Semester, cannot comment on this yet...

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Frats do some good for the community, but they still are mostly athletic, party-throwing, econ majors for the most part, and even though some frats are a little more diverse and interesting, I think it is good that they are not a huge force on campus.

College Freshman

Party Scene: No idea. I live in a quiet dorm, and I don't really party.

5 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship at this university yet.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great considering it's in Manhattan. Housing costs are pretty low considering how much an apartment would cost here.

8 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Scholarships: Didn't apply for financial aid, so I wouldn't know

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Manhattan - there are tons of options, and since Morningside Heights is a college area, nothing is too expensive.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Good, but not amazing. There's so much to do in NYC that people don't spend all their time partying.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a big deal on campus, but it's definitely there. They have pretty nice brownstones too.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm sure there's great off-campus housing if you're willing to pay for it. However, it's Manhattan, so obviously no one wants to pay an enormous sum of money when you could just stay on-campus. Something like 95% of students stay in Columbia housing all 4 years

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's NYC - obviously it's amazing! There's always so much to do here and you'll never be bored. Morningside Heights isn't super busy though, so you have to go midtown/downtown.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's a lot of protests about sexual assault on campus - not sure exactly how prevalent it actually is, though. I don't personally know anyone who's been sexually assaulted. Administration's trying to take care of it but they haven't done much yet

3 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Local Area: I haven't gotten around much yet, so I wouldn't have a good answer.

3 College Junior

Majors: You need to have something that makes you uniquely special; especially life experience.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: There is a lot of support for every aspect of college life.

College Junior

Party Scene: I don't particularly know about parties because I commute to another city on the weekends.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I could have definitely used more, but it was reasonable.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: They do a good job for on campus safety

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing in NYC is housing in NYC lol

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Athletics: New Englander sports we can do: rowing, sailing,

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Scholarships: Took away my grant halfway through Freshman year.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: Not too bad, as long as you keep it in your room.

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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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