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Reviews 888 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

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

4 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

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

3 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is stressed on campus with strict measures taken if not obeyed

3 College Junior

Diversity: Columbia students are from many different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: It ok for campus dining, not like home.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses are very challenging, some classes are small while others are 100+

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The University has a strong reputation and is well respected in the industry.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: They provide a lot of financial aid, but it's still really expensive.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: In NYC the dining options are endless, but it's very expensive.

3 College Senior

Administration: They are not too strict, except for the honor code and plagiarism

4 College Senior

Campus Food: The food is good, wish there were more protein options

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: Since there's no stadium on campus, there isn't so much school spirit. It's mostly surrounded on Basketball. The football team is known for being really bad.

4 College Senior

Majors: I love my major because it's a small department, and people are accessible.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Majors: I have not done an internship.

4 College Senior

Academics: Sometimes there isn't enough class options to take. Many requirements, and heavy workload.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Some are the best professors you will find, others are grad students who don't understand the material they're teaching well enough to teach it. Class size is very small.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Everyone knows the name, and people value that recognition.

5 College Senior

Diversity: People here are the most diverse you can find anywhere.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is tiny, use the parks and outdoors as your own backyard.

4 College Senior

Local Area: You get a residential feel, while being located in a big city. It's the best of both worlds!

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Students are focused on doing well, not so much on making friends.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Overall, I love Columbia's campus. It is incredibly compact, and with the space constraints of New York, most of the buildings are old and tall. The gym sucks, the greens are small but beautiful, and it is a miracle we have them at all, considering the location. And the architecture is gorgeous. Lerner (student center) is often mocked but totally adequate. The libraries are numerous and beautiful, though they will be totally filled during finals. Cafes in the area take up the overflow.

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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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