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Reviews 1061 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: A Cultural Hub – Columbia is in Manhattan. It is a good school. Therefore the smartest and most diverse students tend to congregate. If you're looking for an EXTREMELY open-minded and diverse crowd, Columbia's for you!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: John Jay Is Good for What It Is: a Dining Hall – With a variety of options, John Jay Dining Hall is adequate and a popular hangout amongst students. Despite really awkward hours and sketchy food from time to time, John Jay is very reliable. It is noted that students from other schools marvel at hos much better Columbia food is. A meal plan is a good idea. You do, however have NYC at your fingertips. Just keep in mind that it can get pricey.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Big Apple – New York, New York. What can I say? It is a city that one hopes to conquer, but given the painfully short amount of time I am privileged to be studying here, I am thinking that I probably won't get around to doing and seeing and eating the bulk of what I would like to.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: I couldnt have asked for a better school to be a part of!

1 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Big Apple, Big Bucks – As a veteran, I rely on the living stipend from the Post 9-11 GI Bill to pay for all living expenses to include rent, utilities, food and household items. For Columbia University, that is only 2750 a month. In an Upper East side apartment, the rent is approxiametly two thousand a month leaving a difference of 750. This is barely enough to cover my other living expenses.

4 College Junior

Transportation: A metro card is a must have. New students learn the metro system really quickly. Through the buses, subway and taxis it is really easy to get anywhere in the city.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Ivy League Kids Party More Than You Think – The bars up and down broadway are pretty popular during the weekend which starts on Thursday night. Almost everyone parties except for engineering students. A lot of people smoke weed and the more expensive drugs are hidden but there because a lot people at the school have the money to afford them.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Convenience of Campus Life – The campus is small enough that your farthest class will be less than a ten minute class and as a freshmen all your dorms are right on campus and easy to get access to. You can stand in the middle of the campus and not know that you are right in the middle of the city. Yet walk outside the gates and anything you need is right there on the street. All different types of food and stores that give you access to college essentials. It makes adjusting to be a college student easy and comfortable.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Absolutely Safe – Columbia University feels like a safe campus in the midst of a big city. That said, I do know of people who have left their possessions in their suite and had them stolen.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I Love New York – Columbia undoubtedly gives you a great educational experience; I love the Core Curriculum for tying students together and giving everyone a comprehensive education, and I love, a student-run database of professor reviews which ensure that I don't have to deal with boring lecturers or unreasonable graders. And of course, I love New York, which provides the best "college town" you could ever ask for. The opportunities are everywhere, fun is always to be had, life runs fast. Everything you'd ever want to do, you can do in New York. The city also provides great opportunities for activities on campus; the political groups can have a field day organizing protests across campus, while the dance groups perform all over the place. As a member of Lion Dance, I've done performances in front of Mayor Bloomberg, at the cultural shows of executives at Goldman Sachs, and alongside Major Lazer at the Hardfest NYC concert.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: At Least People Are Smart – There's some attractive people here and there, but looks definitely aren't the strong point here at Columbia. At least most people are somewhat intelligent and can hold a conversation. Generally, the guys think they're "too good" for most of the girls, and the girls think the same way about most of the guys, which means everyone's pretty average. Small campus makes it easy to get to know and hang out with people, though, and the Core Curriculum does ensure that you have something to talk about with basically every student (sans engineers). The presence of Barnard, the Columbia-affiliated all-girls school across the street, does mean that the guy-girl ratio is a little skewed, though (good for guys, not so for girls).

3 College Freshman

Technology: Labs Are Great, Wireless Not – Computer labs are plentiful, and the workstations are pleasant to use. Monitors are large, and the computers generally start up pretty quickly. Almost all computers run Windows XP, which is decent, but running Windows 7 would be nicer. Some computer "workstations" in certain libraries have spacious double-monitor setups and your own, secluded desk space. Unfortunately, printing in the residence halls can sometimes be iffy (though printing in libraries is great, and the print network that allows for printing to school computers via your personal computer directly is quite convenient). The biggest drawback is the lack of wireless internet in residence halls, which would be okay if they provided students with ethernet cords, but Columbia unfortunately does not. I prefer ethernet to wireless anyway, but free cords would have been nice. Where there is wireless (i.e. most places besides residence halls), it is unprotected and fast; no burdensome login process or anything like that.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: This is New York City, what are you doing with a car?

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not That Important – Only 10% of students are Greek, maybe less. They only host some of the parties, really not a big deal at all.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If You Can, Get Off the Plan – Food around Columbia is actually cheaper than at Columbia. $5 sandwiches abound, along with cheap Chinese food. Of course, it's not dirt cheap, this is New York, but the dining plan is $14 per meal, which is crazy

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: on the positive side....
we have a gym and a football field and i hear we churn out fencers like its nobodys business

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New York. It snows on a Monday and then its 85 and Sunny by Tuesday morning. Rain is abundant. All in all, we stay indoors during the cold, harsh winters and as soon as its above 50, we're out on the steps and playing frisbee on the lawn

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys N Gals – Since students live in New York City, everyone has their own personal style. There are preppy people, students who just wear their greek letters all the time, students who wear nothing but black everyday (true to NYC fashion!), and students with other styles as well. Most people are fashionable in some sense of the word, as you won't really find people coming to class in sweats unless they're athletes.

Social life is great, we have New York as a playground!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Columbia University is THE MOST DIVERSE UNIVERSITY IN THE IVY LEAGUE. Our school has great diversity on all levels: socioeconomic, racial, religious, and sexual orientation. We even have age diversity with our School of General Studies and all of our Graduate Schools as well as political diversity. Our campus strives for open discussion. No student ever has to hide who they truly are!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – Amazing opportunities to meet some of the best minds around.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Inside Scoop – we are unique in many ways- such as great access to the city!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: if you get a oarking on the street then its good. otherwise you need to park in the garage, which is rather expensive

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the guards are very serious about their jobs and always make sure that people sign in before entering the buildings

5 College Freshman

Administration: Very Safe and Perfect Level of Strictness – Columbia maintains safety of its students while allowing them the freedom to have fun and make choices. In the end everything is usually fine and no boundaries are breached, no freedom is compromised. Police and Public Safety services are reliable and dependable.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not the Greatest Feature of Such a Great School – I never really associated Columbia with athletics and I still don't. I have not attended 1 sporting event yet and athletics certainly is not one of those factors that unites all the students althought it does during homecoming. Columbia's football and basketball teams are its most famous.


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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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