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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: e have many programs in place to address not only sexual assualt but also any form of harrassment.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not actively involved in Greek life as a non-traditional student.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The diversity, passion, and encouragement comes from the administration and the student body alike. The academic rigor serves to remind me that I am challenging myself daily and growing simultaneously.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's not a huge focus at Columbia.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The teams are competant and we have great facilities. That being said, the athletic scene certainly is not the most active, and is definitely overshadowed by the academic scene.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are challenging and you definitely feel like you have to push yourselves. That being said, I sometimes think the workload can be a little less, especially in the freshman year courses, in order to have proper adjustment to college life.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a man, I feel incredibly safe walking just about anywhere on campus (and in the city). However, I don't like letting female friends walk home alone, just out of concern for safety, especially if the dorm is off-campus. Campus police are noticeably present, however, which helps.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Quality of professors varies quite a bit. Some are actually invested in their students and go to great lengths to make the classroom experience an enjoyable one. However, there are definitely professors who are just there to do research and have no interest in truly teaching their students. Variety of classes is solid; most every student should be content with the courses offered. Sizes, aside from the largest lectures, are manageable.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Well, as a freshman, I'm really hoping that the job prospects are good... I definitely think that this degree will be valuable come graduation. The internship network is solid, and career fairs on campus are pretty common with a couple of big names in terms of finance and business.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is the only housing that's 'on-campus,' between 120th and 114th between Broadway and Amsterdam (aside from the Living Learning Center). However, all of university-housing is within a few blocks of 'campus,' which is really great for cutting down on walking time to class. I haven't personally been through the housing selection process yet, but, I've heard that it's an absolute hassle.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that significant at Columbia, but it's a great community for those who seek it out. The parties are fair, considering that fraternity row is a row of brownstones (which are a bit cramped).

1 College Freshman

Athletics: No one cares about football, and while other sports have their specific followings, there's really not a single sport that unites the school. Sports really aren't that big of a deal at Columbia.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've just finished my first semester at Columbia, and I absolutely love it. It's a fantastic academic community that truly has something for everyone.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Its an unparalleled experience, a great education in a great city.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is pretty great, I feel safe walking on campus at all hours of the night.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are the best in their fields, generally approachable and willing to help.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It remains to be seen, as success is determined by the person. However the education is still top-notch.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Quality of housing depends on where you live on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is certainly a lot of options for students to become involved in sports, however there is not much campus zeal.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience so far has been an enlightening one, very challenging, however I have the ability to meet many interesting people.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Medical services is also great and I have been there countless times for checkups and STI checks

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: No rodents or bugs! And our bathrooms are clean 80% of the time

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: No pressure in the Greek scene.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not a huge deal if you never attend a single columbia game. No one will shun you!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am so glad I chose to attend Columbia University! My peers challenge and interest me (one guy in my class is 13 years old!) and not a day goes by that I do not engage in a meaningful and intellectually stimulating chat with my friends and floormates. I find that for the science courses, a lot is self study/dependent on how much YOU want to succeed; professors definitely don't hand out A's if you don't put in work outside of class. The class work is tough but it pays off when you do well and have great people to hang out with. Manage your time! The majority of students have four-day school weeks but tend to party on Thursday and Friday nights. Keep it to a minimum, choose one day to go out on the weekend but study the other three nights, it'll be worth it. I get all my assignments done by Saturday night so I can totally relax Sunday and explore the city or just sleep all day!

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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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