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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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Party Scene: House parties are popular but can get grimy, especially in Carman. There are always ragers in East Campus and chill sessions, too. You really need friends to properly introduce you once, and then you are set. Bar hopping is a definite thing for students on a Friday or Saturday night.

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Athletics: People do not come to Columbia for varsity sports. Dodge Gym is pretty nice with a great facility, and IM and club sports do thrive as those niches do.

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Party Scene: There's always a party to be found in New York City, so partying on campus is pretty minimal.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are poorly attended, but I highly recommend them. Games are always fun events.

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Athletics: As a cheerleader, I think our sports are really good. There are tons of intramural sports, and everyone here is really active.

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Party Scene: We live in New York City-everything is bigger, better, and off the hook!

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Campus Quality: The facilities are beautiful. No other campus in NYC rivals it. And it is one of the only places in New York where grass is present. The gym is crowded but nice-truly the best place on campus to spot hotties.

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Campus Quality: The libraries are staffed by people who actually know what they are doing, and the stacks are well maintained. The media centers can be crowded, especially in the course reserve section. If you have to watch a video for a class, watch it early because there are usually only one or two copies on reserve.

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Campus Quality: An area that receives constant complaints at Butler Library (the main library on campus) is the digital editing equipment. There are only two stations for the entire undergraduate population, and there is a two-hour limit per session. This makes it very difficult to finish film projects.

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Campus Quality: Lerner Hall, the student center on campus, is the only building that does not look like it belongs here. In a community of brick and ivy stands this awkward glass structure that houses cafes, computer rooms, theaters and general meeting space. Once you get past the offbeat design of this place, you can enjoy the social atmosphere.

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Campus Quality: The gym needs a little work, but it gets the job done. Lerner isn't much of a student center, it's a ridiculous waste of space and really inaccessible and uncomfortable compared with other student unions I've visited.

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Campus Quality: The facilities are a very nice and beautiful, too. Everything is state-of-the-art and adorned in an amalgamation of Greco-Roman classicism. Forget about the Gothic embellishments of Princeton and the University of Chicago, we've got Ancient Athens.

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Campus Quality: The facilities are pretty good. The student center is questionable as to whether it's nice or not. I don't care for it all that much, but hey, that's just me.

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Campus Quality: The athletic center is awesome, but it can be crowded during peak hours. Lerner is pretty cool; it's the most interesting building you'll see on campus. You can study there, get some food, and meet up with people.

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Campus Quality: On-campus facilities are pretty good. Computer labs are good. The fitness center is awesome once you figure out how the heck to get around there. The student center is a pain to get around, but everything is there.

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Campus Quality: The gym is on campus, and it's very active; depending on when you go, it can be very crowded or empty. We could use some more facilities, though. The computers are always kept up-to-date, and they're are all over the place.

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Campus Quality: The facilities are good, and they are making improvements constantly. Classrooms are well-equipped, and libraries are nice spots to meet with teachers and classmates. The libraries are well lit, comfortable, and plentiful!

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Campus Quality: The work-out room kind of sucks; I highly advise you to get a membership at Wellbridge Fitness Club, if you have the money. They have a hot tub and a pool.

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Campus Quality: The athletic center boasts an impressive layout, and everything else is satisfactory.

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Campus Quality: There's a pretty good-sized gym with lots of weights, cardio machines, basketball courts, and pretty much everything else you can think of. The gym can be kind of crowded, though, and you usually have to sign up in advance for a cardio machine. At peak times, the weight room can be quite crowded, too. The student center has lots of stuff in it, like student mail services, restaurants, computer labs, auditoriums, and a movie theater. Overall, I'd say the facilities on campus are pretty decent, although some of the classrooms are still kind of old.

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Campus Food: Unfortunately, the near impossibility of decent off-campus housing combined with the disappointing kitchens in the dorms make it difficult to cook for yourself. Bring a lot of money to eat out.

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Campus Food: Lerner Hall has the best soup to warm you up on a cold winter's day. The lines suck, and sandwiches and sushi are seriously overpriced, but they are tasty. The dining halls have good salad bars, but the hot food is not always appetizing.

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Campus Food: The food is very good. There is nothing to complain about in the slightest. However, the dining plans are outrageously expensive. For the price that you pay there, you could eat at a pretty nice restaurant every day. Eat out; it is more convenient and also faster. Plus, there are so many places to choose from. The sandwich place in Café 212 is really good, especially their lunch specials.

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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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