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Reviews 888 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Plenty of Change – The weather in NY is rough in the winter, but it's easy to dress accordingly. Th echange in seasons provides a new and different experience (and wardrobe) every few months. I like that.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is no parking at Columbia. I would rate it a much lower grade, but really there is no need for a car. None at all.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Students Are Pretty Focused – Students are focused, so not a lot of extended careless partying. Just enough, not too much. No drugs outside of some weed.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Very Politically Active – Has a reputation for politically active students, particularly on the left. Good for students interested engaging in activism.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Very Good – I loved my time in college. You have access to one of the best cities in the world, while still having the security of a campus. Very diverse, so you're sure to find a place somewhere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Computers were pretty widely available across campus, while printers were mostly located in the libraries. Having a personal computer is required, and it's probably best to have a laptop.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: You can get anywhere really easily-- subways, buses, taxis. Gotta take traffic into account though.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Everything Within a Few Blocks of Campus – There're a lot of restaurants located around Columbia University. Go uptown or downtown to find amazing food.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Okay-Looking but Really Interesting – I was personally expecting people here to be less aesthetically-pleasing. However, insofar as this is true, do not come to Columbia expecting a parade of supermodels. Do expect to have amazing conversations with anyone you meet, though.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorm Singles – Most of my friends who go to other schools are often shocked when I tell them I have a single. This is one of the best assets of Freshman Housing at Columbia. The dorms are also always social.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Sometimes Good, Sometimes Terrible – Whilst John Jay Dining Hall sometimes has nice things to offer, there's also days when it is rather bad. There is, however, always a nice variety of food.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Highly Tolerant About Underage Drinking and Drug Use – A ton of people smoke and have parties in their rooms all the time, and the school's pretty chill about it.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: No Affect – They throw parties that aren't that great, and most people aren't really involved in it anyway.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You don't hear of campus crime often, and there're safety personals to walk you around campus when it's late at night, if you want it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm at GS and due to the simple fact that it caters to non-traditional students results in a diverse student body. You have tons of people coming from all different walks of life, different countries, different life histories. There are plenty of military veterans and a very welcome community for them (as well as the rest of us who have family/friends serving the country). It's a good mix all around.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's in Manhattan - TONS OF OPTIONS – There are heaps of restaurants and food/beverage options around Columbia -whether you're looking for something foreign or just a pizza joint. There's also a ton of options at the supermarkets nearby and you can always grab the subway and head for Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan or elsewhere if you're looking for a different locale. Some of it is cheap, some not -just depends on how much you want to spend.

4 College Junior

Academics: New Admit – I start my studies in the Fall of 2010 at Columbia University. I can only rate their academics based on their reputation at this point. I'll be taking science classes and just found out that they grade on a curve which tells me that it will be very competitive.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is very nice in the fall and Spring, and bitter cold in the winter. It rains a lot, and when it does, it rains all day. The wind chill is awful. Buy a GOOD coat.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: While much of the campus was wifi, most Columbia housing does not. Students are stuck to ethernet chords or must install their own router, but even this doesn't work too well because of overlapping frequencies. Printers are sometimes broken down, but are usually dependable.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: General Campus – The campus architecture is amazing. The classical architecture of the school fits in well with the classical core curriculum that all Columbia College students take. The campus is lovely and is a nice oasis away from the busy city life around it.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Pretty Awesome – I have had many hardships in the last few years while I've attended Columbia University. I attributed a lot of these hard times to Columbia because that is where a lot of unfortunate things were happening to me. The last year has made me realize that Columbia is a great school and that unfortunate events clouded my judgements as to what it could really be. All aspects of students life are pretty awesome. Columbia is on a very beautiful small campus but lies smack dab in the middle of New York City. So if you like quiet secluded campuses or campuses in the middle of everything it has both! Not only its location and atmosphere very amazing. Academics are the best! I have loved all of my professors and have enjoyed going to class everyday! I am not that much of a night life, going out all the time kind of person but Night life in New York city is pretty awesome as you can probably imagine. Another thing that is great about Columbia is that they have many healthy food options available to the students which I think is very important! There is so much opportunity here! You have to really make it what you want it to be, and the good thing is that is a possibility.

3 College Senior

Athletics: A Decent Athletic Program – Columbia's overall athletic program is decent in that it is clear that the individual teams are striving to become better and there is a very strong sense of camaraderie and bonding that translates to the teams overall performance. Where the athletic program is lacking is in both the confidence in the legitimacy of the program and in the support of the athletic staff. Many student athletes feel that compared to other athletes they are not as talented and that Columbia athletics in general are sub par. This lack of confidence also translates in overall performance. This coupled with many athletes feeling neglected by staff in cases of hardships like injury and the like seems overwhelming as well. Fan support and school spirit have been increasing and has become better and better over the years which is very exciting. Hopefully this move towards student support will help boost the confidence of the athletes and the program overall.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: A Campus Setting in the City – The great thing about Columbia is it has tried really hard to create a campus atmosphere in NYC. So you can go from having a home-cooked meal in the student centre to shopping at Soho's to hanging out on the lawns at midnight all in one day!

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Skyscrapers Hide a Lot – Sunlight is a rare thing and the winters are very cold. When it snows, puddles one foot deep collect on street corners! And sometimes when it rains! You'll need some good rain boots and an umbrella for all the walking you'll have to do.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Good Parties With Cool People – Columbia tends to have some pretty good parties among some of the run-of-the-mill frat parties. You'll have no problem running into fun.

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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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