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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I Love New York – Columbia undoubtedly gives you a great educational experience; I love the Core Curriculum for tying students together and giving everyone a comprehensive education, and I love culpa.info, a student-run database of professor reviews which ensure that I don't have to deal with boring lecturers or unreasonable graders. And of course, I love New York, which provides the best "college town" you could ever ask for. The opportunities are everywhere, fun is always to be had, life runs fast. Everything you'd ever want to do, you can do in New York. The city also provides great opportunities for activities on campus; the political groups can have a field day organizing protests across campus, while the dance groups perform all over the place. As a member of Lion Dance, I've done performances in front of Mayor Bloomberg, at the cultural shows of executives at Goldman Sachs, and alongside Major Lazer at the Hardfest NYC concert.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: At Least People Are Smart – There's some attractive people here and there, but looks definitely aren't the strong point here at Columbia. At least most people are somewhat intelligent and can hold a conversation. Generally, the guys think they're "too good" for most of the girls, and the girls think the same way about most of the guys, which means everyone's pretty average. Small campus makes it easy to get to know and hang out with people, though, and the Core Curriculum does ensure that you have something to talk about with basically every student (sans engineers). The presence of Barnard, the Columbia-affiliated all-girls school across the street, does mean that the guy-girl ratio is a little skewed, though (good for guys, not so for girls).

3 College Freshman

Technology: Labs Are Great, Wireless Not – Computer labs are plentiful, and the workstations are pleasant to use. Monitors are large, and the computers generally start up pretty quickly. Almost all computers run Windows XP, which is decent, but running Windows 7 would be nicer. Some computer "workstations" in certain libraries have spacious double-monitor setups and your own, secluded desk space. Unfortunately, printing in the residence halls can sometimes be iffy (though printing in libraries is great, and the print network that allows for printing to school computers via your personal computer directly is quite convenient). The biggest drawback is the lack of wireless internet in residence halls, which would be okay if they provided students with ethernet cords, but Columbia unfortunately does not. I prefer ethernet to wireless anyway, but free cords would have been nice. Where there is wireless (i.e. most places besides residence halls), it is unprotected and fast; no burdensome login process or anything like that.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: This is New York City, what are you doing with a car?

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not That Important – Only 10% of students are Greek, maybe less. They only host some of the parties, really not a big deal at all.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If You Can, Get Off the Plan – Food around Columbia is actually cheaper than at Columbia. $5 sandwiches abound, along with cheap Chinese food. Of course, it's not dirt cheap, this is New York, but the dining plan is $14 per meal, which is crazy

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: on the positive side....
we have a gym and a football field and i hear we churn out fencers like its nobodys business

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New York. It snows on a Monday and then its 85 and Sunny by Tuesday morning. Rain is abundant. All in all, we stay indoors during the cold, harsh winters and as soon as its above 50, we're out on the steps and playing frisbee on the lawn

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys N Gals – Since students live in New York City, everyone has their own personal style. There are preppy people, students who just wear their greek letters all the time, students who wear nothing but black everyday (true to NYC fashion!), and students with other styles as well. Most people are fashionable in some sense of the word, as you won't really find people coming to class in sweats unless they're athletes.

Social life is great, we have New York as a playground!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Columbia University is THE MOST DIVERSE UNIVERSITY IN THE IVY LEAGUE. Our school has great diversity on all levels: socioeconomic, racial, religious, and sexual orientation. We even have age diversity with our School of General Studies and all of our Graduate Schools as well as political diversity. Our campus strives for open discussion. No student ever has to hide who they truly are!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – Amazing opportunities to meet some of the best minds around.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Inside Scoop – we are unique in many ways- such as great access to the city!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: if you get a oarking on the street then its good. otherwise you need to park in the garage, which is rather expensive

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the guards are very serious about their jobs and always make sure that people sign in before entering the buildings

5 College Freshman

Administration: Very Safe and Perfect Level of Strictness – Columbia maintains safety of its students while allowing them the freedom to have fun and make choices. In the end everything is usually fine and no boundaries are breached, no freedom is compromised. Police and Public Safety services are reliable and dependable.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not the Greatest Feature of Such a Great School – I never really associated Columbia with athletics and I still don't. I have not attended 1 sporting event yet and athletics certainly is not one of those factors that unites all the students althought it does during homecoming. Columbia's football and basketball teams are its most famous.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Polarized Situations – After freshman year nearly all housing is off campus. Some dorms are closer to main campus than others but this distance is not related to the quality of the dorms. Apartments are very expensive in the city and it is better to get Columbia housing all four years moneywise.

5 College Student

Party Scene: At Columbia, you will find plenty of parties whether on campus or off. Even special events at a local gallery...with free food is an easy and fun night off. You'll love the easy access the subways allow. Even underage party goers will have the time of their lives!

5 College Student

Local Area: Urban, Fun and Morningside Glory – The world is your oyster at Columbia University. Just footsteps beyond your dorm lies your urban world of bliss, fun and adventure. Local attractions include jazz clubs, cafes and art galleries. You'll never be bored and you will always have cool events whether on campus or off!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Costly but Convenient – Columbia's location offers a vast array of transportation options. The MTA subways and buses are the best way to travel across the entire city. However, for $2.25 a ride, the frequent traveler can find his pockets slowly emptying. Of course, the city allows for walking, which is the cheapest and healthiest method. Unless traveling with a large groups, cabs are expensive and should be avoided.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Campus Is Beautifully Immaculate – Columbia University's campus sits in the middle of the bustling streets of Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. The beauty of the campus is a surprising gem amidst the concrete of the city. The emerald lawns are perfectly manicured and always invites students to read and play frisbee on its grounds. The steps are always full on sunny days and is a hangout where students can hang out with friends, catch up on the latest, or just soak up some sun.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hard, So-So Facilites, but Amazing Resources – Top-notch programs. Going to have to study hard, but should find moments to kick back.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many Great Options Nearby – Amazing diversity of quality restaurants next to campus. Not really cheap, but many options in the area.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a Problem – Not really big, drinking is much more popular.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats and Sororities Aren't That Stereotypical – While frats do offer parties, the larger social scene of New York City dominates students' social lives more than anything.

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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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