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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great considering it's in Manhattan. Housing costs are pretty low considering how much an apartment would cost here.

9 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Manhattan - there are tons of options, and since Morningside Heights is a college area, nothing is too expensive.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Good, but not amazing. There's so much to do in NYC that people don't spend all their time partying.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a big deal on campus, but it's definitely there. They have pretty nice brownstones too.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm sure there's great off-campus housing if you're willing to pay for it. However, it's Manhattan, so obviously no one wants to pay an enormous sum of money when you could just stay on-campus. Something like 95% of students stay in Columbia housing all 4 years

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's NYC - obviously it's amazing! There's always so much to do here and you'll never be bored. Morningside Heights isn't super busy though, so you have to go midtown/downtown.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's a lot of protests about sexual assault on campus - not sure exactly how prevalent it actually is, though. I don't personally know anyone who's been sexually assaulted. Administration's trying to take care of it but they haven't done much yet

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Majors: You need to have something that makes you uniquely special; especially life experience.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: There is a lot of support for every aspect of college life.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I could have definitely used more, but it was reasonable.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: They do a good job for on campus safety

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing in NYC is housing in NYC lol

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Athletics: New Englander sports we can do: rowing, sailing,

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Scholarships: Took away my grant halfway through Freshman year.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: Not too bad, as long as you keep it in your room.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: New York housing is way too expensive.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at CU, in my experience, hasn't really had a large effect on my overall college experience in general. However, I never planned to join a fraternity/become involved in the first place. Some of the letter organizations live in brownstones all to themselves and of course throwing parties is a staple for most of them. They also host campus events such as galas in coordination with other greek letter organizations or student led groups. A fair amount of people don't participate in greek life at all (probably somewhere between 80-90%) since the metropolitan area doesn't really allow for the typical college frat/sorority atmosphere. Most people go out into the city when they're partying, not many people want to be cramped in a brownstone on a saturday night, but there are those that do too.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is entirely based on your family's income. If you make under a certain amount, you WILL get what you NEED, but those of us in the middle get left out.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's easy to see a doctor for any type of health issue, especially with the online appointment system.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of places to choose from if the lottery system doesn't screw you over, but it is expensive. Some dorms are more social than others.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Administration: Being too loud at night can be a problem, but you can get away with most things as long as you are respectful of those around you.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The housing is gorgeous and everyone who talks about being in a fraternity or sorority says good things, but it's no big deal if you don't join.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I've never felt unsafe in or around this area. There is always something to do downtown as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Something is always open, even for delivery, which is incredibly convenient.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of alcohol, usually pretty good music

5 people found this useful Report
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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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