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Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus despite being in NYC on September 11th.

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Health & Safety: The campus feels pretty safe during the day, but if you don't keep an eye on your stuff, you will get robbed. The nearby parks are not safe at night, and the usual threat of being female at college is there.

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Health & Safety: Safety and security are not issues at all. I feel completely safe walking by myself in the wee hours of the morning around campus.

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Health & Safety: It's very safe on campus, and the NYPD takes great care of the rest of the city.

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Health & Safety: I have always found it to be extremely safe. They close the main gates at 116th Street after a certain hour, and a security guard is posted 24/7. It's a pretty small campus, and while Morningside Heights was pretty sketchy 10 years ago, it's really cleaned up. I mean, I've definitely walked home at like four or five in the morning by myself; no problem!

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Health & Safety: Security on campus is pretty tight. They always have guards doing rounds, and they always check up on visitors at the dorms.

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Health & Safety: I carry pepper spray everywhere in New York City.

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Health & Safety: Security seems to be good. There are escorts that drive you home if you live off campus and need to go home late. There are guards at the gates to enter the campus. Just so you know, Columbia borders Harlem, but it is really safe.

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Health & Safety: Campus safety is one of the best things about Columbia. No matter where you are on campus, there are people and officers there. Also, there are security guards stationed in every building, and the campus is well lit.

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Health & Safety: Well, New York is New York. I am not saying you are going to get mugged the minute you walk out of your dorm room, but it is important to be wary of what is going on around you. I believe Columbia has 24-hour security on campus and in the dorms; I feel very safe going there.

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Health & Safety: Security is okay on campus, but pretty much anyone can get inside if they know how.

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Health & Safety: Safety is fine. You just need to follow some really common sense rules, and you will be fine. I really love the neighborhood. We have a campus, and the surrounding area is fairly residential.

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Health & Safety: Campus security and safety is great. When you walk through the gates, you walk into a totally different world. I have never felt unsafe on or around campus. It is very busy in addition to being well-patrolled pretty much all the time.

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Health & Safety: Security is fairly good. I'm never really scared to walk around campus by myself at nighttime. When I feel stressed and like I need some air, I always head out for a walk around campus, even if it's 2 a.m.

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Health & Safety: There is a safe haven program where various shops and such around the area can call Columbia directly to get you an escort back to campus should you ever feel uneasy about heading back on your own. You can call for an escort at any point if you don't feel it's safe for you to return by yourself.

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Health & Safety: The campus itself has many precautions. You have to use your Columbia ID to get into most places on campus, particularly the library, Lerner Hall (the student center), and any dormitory. Anyone who doesn't have an ID has to be signed in otherwise.

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Health & Safety: Security is everywhere on campus. You hear about more crimes from students than you do from neighborhood people, but then again, if you're drunk and wandering around the sketchy streets at 3 a.m., you're just asking for trouble.

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Health & Safety: Despite any fears your parents might have, Columbia is extremely safe. Yes, Harlem is next door, but there's nothing unsafe about it. Even former President Bill Clinton hangs out there-his office is in Harlem on 125th Street. Bars are open late, and dining establishments that cater to drunk students are open even later. On non-school nights, there are numerous students stumbling down Broadway drunk, and they would probably be really easy to jump or rob. Does it ever happen? Probably, but it has never happened to anyone I know.

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Health & Safety: There are literally cop cars parked on every other block. Seriously. There are NYPD squad cars with two policemen in them. They aren't there to bust underage drinkers; they are there to make sure all the students, many of whom are sons and daughters of rich kids, stay safe. You don't have to worry about safety.

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Technology: Here, I would say that it depends on your major. The labs are big, and there is usually space, but if you are going to do English or political science where you will have to write a lot of papers, you should bring your own.

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Technology: Having not owned a computer for my first year at Columbia, I can say with some authority, bring or buy a computer, even if it's old. The worst thing is having to run to campus at 4 a.m. to finish a paper in a lab, then realizing that others procrastinated as much as you did, and the room is packed.

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Technology: I think it is best to bring a computer, but computer labs in less populated dorms are well-kept secrets, and they're virtually always available.

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Technology: The computer labs are great, though at times, overcrowded. But most people respect the quiet rule (take all of your cell phone conversations outside), which they do not respect in the library. You definitely need your own computer in order to survive here.

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Technology: I'd bring my own computer because it makes life a lot easier. Computer labs are really crowded during exams and midterms, but there are also a bunch of computer labs that students don't generally go to. For example, Mudd is generally emptier than Butler Library.

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Technology: Computer labs are crowded during the day, but if you don't mind waiting, computer access is not a problem. The limited number of Macs on campus is not good, but the fact that they are not always operational can really be a problem. That said, there are plenty of working PCs. However, the same cannot be said about the campus printers. There are about two printers in each computer lab, and it is rare for both (or even one) to be working properly. Expect long lines for printers.

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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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