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Parking: No. Don't bring a car. Bad idea.

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Parking: It's pretty impossible to have a car in the first place. The subway, buses, and cabs are the best way to go. Living in New York City really makes you appreciate the convenience of public transportation.

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Parking: There is no parking scene on campus. There's only really expensive parking garages and street parking, which can be pretty hard to get. I don't know a single student who owns a car in the city. Even most professors ride the subway, or they find some other form of transportation.

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Weather: It's weird. I despise the cold. When I left school in May, it was in the 40s and rainy.

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Weather: Extreme weather is the name of the game. It will be very hot and muggy when you move in, but once fall kicks in, it's time to break out the winter coats. January and February are white winters.

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Weather: New York weather is pretty unpredictable. It tends to stay pretty cool for the most part, but it didn't snow as much as I would've liked. I find cooler weather incredibly wonderful.

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Weather: The weather here is the typical four seasons-cold and snowy in the winter, hot and humid in the summer. But New York also has some unpredictable weather. This spring was pretty cold. I remember, it was 80 degrees one week, and then the week after, it was 40 or 50 degrees. It's kind of weird sometimes. During the winter, you'll just get sick of the cold-that's when everyone falls into some sort of slump.

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Weather: The weather is usually pretty decent. In the winter, we usually get some snow, but the walkways and roads are always cleared almost immediately. I've never spent the summer in the city, but it can get quite humid during the first and last months of school.

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Weather: It's New York, and it's supposed to be cold, but in recent years, it was only cold for a little bit. I guess the global warming is making traditionally cold regions warmer.

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Weather: The beginning and end of the school year can get hot. Usually, winters in New York are pretty cold but really fun-the cold weather, the snow, and the lights and decorations. It's a great time to be around.

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Overall Experience: It's still exciting just to walk through the gates knowing that I am part of such a grand institution. I have enjoyed almost everything about attending this school, and there is nowhere else I would rather be.

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Overall Experience: I love Columbia. I think I'll force my kids to go (once they are born, of course)!

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Overall Experience: I am really happy with Columbia. I love pretty much everything about it! I don't think that I could be happier anywhere else. The school is awesome, classes are hard but not impossible, and the core is a pain but a blessing in disguise-I have learned so much because of it, and sometimes, it can actually be fun.

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Overall Experience: Sometimes, I wish I was somewhere more relaxed and warmer, but right now I wouldn't trade anything for the city. It takes effort, the school doesn't really help you much, so you have to do a lot on your own. That can be a good thing if you've got the guts.

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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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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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