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Overall Experience: All I can say is that New York City is a great place. The bars, clubs, and people are real cool. They call it `The City That Never Sleeps.' Well, that's definitely true.

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Overall Experience: If I had known, I probably would have gone to Smith or Vassar instead. The academics are really good, but in many ways, you do not learn enough for the amount of money that you are paying. I wish I had more caring counselors and people to tailor my program for me. I was one of those people who slipped through the cracks and had to struggle in the advanced classes because I never got my basics down-pat. All in all, I learned a lot and had a good experience, but I probably would have decided differently had I known what I know now.

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Overall Experience: Overall, I'd have to say my experience at Columbia was very good. Especially in my first and last years there, I feel like I got to experience a lot of New York. I don't know of any other place where the same amount of social opportunities is available. I am big on nightlife, and I found both the local bar scene, as well as the bar and club scene, in the entire city to be unparallel with any other city I've been to. The one thing that you should make sure about when coming to Columbia is whether you want a school where people will hold your hand or one where you're on your own. There is very little hand-holding at Columbia, and you are more or less on your own. Your support system is primarily the friends you make. However, if you are independent and want to take advantage of all of the opportunities that New York has to offer, Columbia is definitely the right place for you. It's extremely well recognized in terms of getting jobs.

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Overall Experience: Columbia has been like a dream to me. There's no place I would rather be. It truly is the consummate urban campus, and I have really grown to love the city.

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Overall Experience: What gives me continued satisfaction is knowing I picked the perfect place for me!

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Overall Experience: All I can tell you is that it is an Ivy League school and a real honor to get into. It has an outstanding academic record. I graduated at the top of my class and had my choices of graduate schools; I chose Columbia.

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Overall Experience: Columbia is great. It's very bureaucratic, and the faculty is not very responsive, but there are so many opportunities in New York. It can be a bit overwhelming, but it is really amazing nonetheless.

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Overall Experience: I love Columbia. I can't believe I've been here for two years, and I wish I could stay here for longer. It's an excellent school in an excellent city. They have these `Urban NY' events, in which you get free tickets to Broadway shows and theater and stuff; it's just cool.

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Overall Experience: For me, Columbia was the perfect choice, as I wanted to get away from home and live life in the real world. New York City is the place to be.

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Overall Experience: I applied to Columbia early decision without ever having visited the campus. I absolutely fell in love with it when I arrived. It's in the city, but the campus is absolutely gorgeous. I love the school, the people, and the general atmosphere. I don't regret that I came here at all. There's so much to be said for New York and Columbia. The opportunities are endless.

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Overall Experience: I love Columbia. I feel like I've made the right choice. There is red tape to get through and a sometimes-distant administration, but there are tons of ways to get involved, and the people you will meet are incredible.

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Overall Experience: Having always lived in New York City, I would definitely recommend that people come and experience it as well. It is a great city, but it's not for everyone. If you are not accepting of diversity and are close-minded, it is not the place for you.

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Overall Experience: The most important thing is that if you want to live in New York, come to Columbia. If you don't want to live in New York, don't come to Columbia. It's pretty simple.

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Weather: Go to Kenneth Cole. Wear black.

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Weather: I'm from California, so I miss the sunshine every now and then, but New York is absolutely beautiful. The past winter was mild, so I can't say I've been in below-zero weather. Springtime and fall are gorgeous. I love to go for runs in Riverside Park.

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Weather: Okay, New York City sucks in the winter and summer, but fortunately, it's been really mild this past year. Winter sucks because it's not only cold, but also windy; it's really humid in the summer. Every other season is comfortable.

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Transportation: There are subway and bus stops just outside the Columbia gates.

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Transportation: NYC is famous for its MTA transportation system. One of the largest in the world. Once you know it, you can travel anywhere in the world without fear.

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Transportation: New York couldn't function without public transportation. Fare changes and construction are annoying.

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Transportation: There are trains that will even take you all over New England if you want to get away!

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Transportation: There is a subway stop right on campus, as well as a few bus stops. You will be using them both constantly.

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Weather: Summers in New York are magnificent. Too bad winters are so long. Leave your wardrobe at home and update it with NY fabulousness!

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Weather: New York can be freezing in the winter, and it's hot and humid in the summer. Layering clothing is essential to winter survival because you are constantly moving in and out of heated classrooms to cold halls. Bring a coat that is waterproof and easy to put on and take off. Hats, scarves and gloves are a must, too.

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Weather: Summer in this city is gross. There is a layer of slime that coats everyone's skin from late spring until fall arrives. Bring clothing that breathes because air-conditioning is a luxury that most people choose not to possess. Bring baby powder. Lots of it.

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Weather: Bring an umbrella, or two.

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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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