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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at CU, in my experience, hasn't really had a large effect on my overall college experience in general. However, I never planned to join a fraternity/become involved in the first place. Some of the letter organizations live in brownstones all to themselves and of course throwing parties is a staple for most of them. They also host campus events such as galas in coordination with other greek letter organizations or student led groups. A fair amount of people don't participate in greek life at all (probably somewhere between 80-90%) since the metropolitan area doesn't really allow for the typical college frat/sorority atmosphere. Most people go out into the city when they're partying, not many people want to be cramped in a brownstone on a saturday night, but there are those that do too.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is entirely based on your family's income. If you make under a certain amount, you WILL get what you NEED, but those of us in the middle get left out.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's easy to see a doctor for any type of health issue, especially with the online appointment system.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of places to choose from if the lottery system doesn't screw you over, but it is expensive. Some dorms are more social than others.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Being too loud at night can be a problem, but you can get away with most things as long as you are respectful of those around you.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The housing is gorgeous and everyone who talks about being in a fraternity or sorority says good things, but it's no big deal if you don't join.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I've never felt unsafe in or around this area. There is always something to do downtown as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Something is always open, even for delivery, which is incredibly convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of alcohol, usually pretty good music

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: LOVED Carman hall freshman year!

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Simple guest policy in the dorms

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Love going to mens basketball games

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Not much to do unless you go downtown

5 College Junior

Local Area: I mean, it's New York City. The greatest city in the world. Atmosphere doesn't get much better than that.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Decent options in my opinion. John Jay, Ferris, and JJ's Place are the three main options. JJ's is the late night spot but doesn't always have the healthiest options.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The general athlete community and die hard athletic fans attend all the games. Some casual fans attend here and there. Especially men's basketball. But other than that, athletics isn't really a major part of campus life. It's there if you want it, but you wouldn't exactly feel like you're missing out if you're not involved.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anything you could possibly want

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You find the nightlife gets better and better when you leave Columbia's no-fun-bubble.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Columbia is one of the most diverse schools in the world

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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Choosing Columbia if you care about school sports in any fashion is a terrible idea. However you have plenty of professional sports in NYC

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors in the engineering curriculum are very informative and have a passion for their subjects

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties are limited depending upon your major

4 College Junior

Majors: The advisors are great and flexible to meet. They want the students to succeed.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The engineering and science program is very challenging and offers diverse courses.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial Aid is extremely difficult to get for a family with average income and assets. The application does not ask what hardships a family has taken or how secure your current income is. A home should not be taken as wealth, this is the place you live in.

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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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