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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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Campus Housing: Sophomores Get the Shaft – While sophomore housing is one of the worst parts of the Columbia experience, the availability of singles to freshmen and the quality of rooms for juniors and seniors outweigh this shortcoming that is typical of most schools.

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Campus Food: Pretty Typical – While the food offered in the dining halls is pretty typical of normal college fare, culinary offerings in the surrounding areas are superb make them seem even more sub-par.


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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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