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Reviews 888 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Campus Food: Best food and options in the ivies.

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Columbia dorms are great. Easy waslk to everything. Small, intimate safe campus. There are also some high rises with great views.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Science, premed, engineering is fantastic at Columbia. Great faculty and courses.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: On campus housing is amazing. Everyone lives on campus.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: location is next to my school.

4 College Senior

Administration: The teachers are challenging enough and open to your ideas.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It was 2008 when I applied. I had my undergraduate professor and mentor helping me. The requirements were much simpler than they are now. Only a couple of essays about my mission and personal statement. I didn't even have to write about Columbia to tell them why I found them a good fit for me.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Standard university stuff, I think

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am, or course, astounded by my professors here, but even my even my TA's are world class educators.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Our bureaucracy is famous, but, if you have patience and can put up with filling out an occasional form, everything works out in the end.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's NYC, there's great food everywhere, and when you don't want to walk, there's always delivery

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's easy to find parties or at least small get-togethers. Problem is there's usually a ton of work to get done...

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great financial aid, the department is very effective at giving money where it is needed efficiently.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Frats do some good for the community, but they still are mostly athletic, party-throwing, econ majors for the most part, and even though some frats are a little more diverse and interesting, I think it is good that they are not a huge force on campus.

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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.

10 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.

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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

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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

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3 College Junior

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

5 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.

4 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
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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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