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Drug Safety: Not a Problem – Not really big, drinking is much more popular.

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Greek Life: Frats and Sororities Aren't That Stereotypical – While frats do offer parties, the larger social scene of New York City dominates students' social lives more than anything.

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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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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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