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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Columbia isn't really good at anything except for fencing and I had no idea when fencing matches were. I never knew when any of the games or matches were for any of the sports except basketball because I have friends who are basketball managers. But for homecoming they do make a big deal of it.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would do more research if I were to apply to this school again. I did not know what the Core was and did not know how big a part it takes up of your education. Honestly I think it's a waste.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of security presence for a city school

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Present but not the focus of campus life

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Challenging academically and diverse student body

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Honestly, unless you are actively seeking drugs, you won't be exposed to anything. Yes, there is a fair amount of drinking on campus but it's mostly the freshman who want to be rebellious and they generally calm down after the first couple of weeks. Weed is the most popular drug, aside from alcohol, on campus and I have a few friends who smoke it, but no one is pressuring anyone to smoke or drink.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally feel pretty safe walking around the campus itself at any hour of the day or night. I am a little less comfortable walking down the streets outside of campus at night mostly because there is a higher percentage of strangers. While we do have a center or at least call line for sexual assault, I have yet to hear anything good about them. Many people stress the fact that the nurses on the call line are not really trained to handle sexual assault and that their hours are not very flexible.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Every class I have taken so far has provided me with new experiences and interesting information. Each of my professors has been very kind and understanding whenever I've talked to them. Class sizes have been fitting based on each class (Lit hum is small while my Linguistics lecture was large). I feel like I've learned a lot and have met a myriad of great people.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Hartley, which is known for being a sort of home-y dorm in that the dorm is suite style. Most suites seem to be alright but mine is pretty loud at the moment. It is a combination of sophomores and freshman but the sophomores tend to keep to themselves. I would have opted to be in Wallach or John Jay because I think the facilities are a bit better and the noise control is quieter. Carman is great for partying and Furnald is on the eclectic side.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm thinking about pledging my sophomore year. Greek life is present on campus, especially for minorities. There are a lot of great options for ethnic sororities and fraternities. Greek life is essentially another form of clubs on campus and offer great family type communities.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Since I'm not involved in any sports at the moment, I can't really talk on this subject. Our football team generally loses so not many people go to the games, but the basketball teams have been doing alright. Intramural sports are also a good option for people who enjoy playing sports but don't want the time commitment of a team. I do go to the gym on occasion to exercise with friends.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think Columbia has been a great experience for me so far (I'm only a first year). I have made a lot of close friends and my relationships with my professors has been better than expected. I enjoy the food and extracurricular activities like dancing and social justice clubs. My dorm is a bit loud for my taste but I have become great friends with some of my suite mates.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Great ethnic/racial/nationality background from students all over the states and countries. There are some but not many students from low-income families and recently, a student organization has been established to help these students with textbooks, clothes, campus dining, etc. and gathered a lot of participation from undergraduates to support their fellow students.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is absolutely no peer pressure to do drugs or drink alcohol within friend groups or clubs. There are occasionally students making a mess in public spaces (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) when they drink a lot, but those incidents are minimum. I personally haven't seen anyone do drugs inside or near campus.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Columbia undergraduate housing is done in an lottery system in which each student is given a lottery number that determines when they can apply for their desired housing. The lottery system gives priority to seniors. Thus seniors get to choose their housing first, then juniors, and so on. The lottery system can be confusing, but Columbia Housing does a good job of clarifying it's process via email updates, website, flyers, and information sessions. All dorms have heaters while only some dorms have AC units in each room. It's best to live in corridor-style dorms with individual AC+heating unites in each room (such as Furnald, Broadway, John Jay, etc.) and these corridor-styles are more affordable than other dorms. Hartley is one of the worst dorms: (1) it's one of the oldest dorms so the carpet is old and dirty (bad for people with carpet, dust mite allergies); (2) no AC; (3) heater does not work in many rooms; (4) cockroach and mice infestation in lower floors if students share kitchen with untidy suite mates.

Columbia resident halls have great security that ensure only valid undergraduate CU student ID holders can enter building unless guests are signed-in appropriately.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Our school has an amazing fencing team and swimming team. It's fun to see our fencing team play off other schools each year at are main gym that is located on campus. But overall, Columbia lacks school spirit associated with school sports. I think such lack of school sports spirit is due to the fact that we have a very poorly performing football team and our cheerleaders and marching band are also mediocre. Plus, our football stadium is located in Bronx, not in Manhattan where the main campus is, so the physical distance also reduces student participation when football game occurs.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not part of Greek Life, so I have no comments on the specificities of Greek Life activities and its housing. However as a non-Greek, I view Columbia's Greek organizations to be passionate and supportive. Students who are involved in Greek Life share strong sistership/brothership and try to achieve their purpose of service. Columbia's Greek Life do not have a rampant party life as some other colleges may have.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Considering that everywhere in NYC has crime occurring, Columbia University neighborhood is relatively safe. Students can walk around even late at night within the campus gates area. Outside the gated campus, there are surveillance cameras installed near student residence halls and university police offer escorts for students at night when needed. As long as students do not walk around late at night in empty streets and parks and do not leave their belongings unattended in public spaces, they minimize the risk of being the victim of theft and rape. Theft is the most common crime in around campus area in which people steal unattended belongings or physically threaten someone to steal their money/electronics. Rape during late at night has happened sometimes.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Art and humanities courses with smaller class size (5-30 students) have great discussions going on in each class. Professors assign interesting, thought provoking articles and they encourage students to share their opinion. During art and humanities recitation or discussion sessions that are separate from lectures, TAs also facilitate active discussions during.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Columbia University's career center manages a great job/internship database that keep students updated on ongoing and future career opportunities. It also hosts regular walk-in or by appointment hours to help students navigate their career search preparation from showing them how to use the database website, edit resume and cover letter, and giving so many more advice. The center also hosts undergraduate career fair every semester.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I've no idea about anything that happens at Columbia University concerning Greek Life

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: So far, it has been pretty good. Looking forward to my first term.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Honestly, I don't know much about the athletics here at Columbia University.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Amidst the back drop of New York city, the world is your oyster. There isn't a thing that is at your fingertips.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Its not a party school, but with New York city as our playground it is easy to have an active social life and find what ever activity it is that one is interested in.

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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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