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Reviews 875 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship, but if I wanted one, and was willing to apply for them, I could probably find a very good internship in my field on campus or in the city, and the career services office (CCE) would be happy to help.

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5 College Junior

Majors: You do not apply for a major when you apply for Columbia, and can only declare a major in Columbia College in the second semester of your sophomore year. You do not have to apply for either Political Science or German, and the advising can help you get on track for completing the requirements. Most majors do not require an application, though a few require you to meet with an advisor before declaring.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's New York. Expensive, but anything you want, any time of the day or night. Awesome!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in Columbia housing is a mixed bag. On the one hand, unless you have a trust fund, it is exceptional to live in guaranteed housing in NYC. It is conveniently close to all classroom buildings (for the most part) and is mostly clean. Freshman housing is nice and ideally located next to the main library and on top of the three dining halls. Sophomore year is a crap shoot, but it gets better, and getting singles all four years is not impossible. The housing lottery (after freshman year) is confusing, but any upperclassman can explain it, and people get a weird thrill out of calculating their probability of getting different rooms, so it ends up being a bonding experience. On the other hand, if you get stuck in a bad dorm, it really sucks. McBain and Nussbaum both have pest problems, and a lot of the dorms lack a/c, which sucks in September. But even then, you join a tradition of Columbia students who have dealt with the same problems for decades. As for a social scene in the dorms, it varies greatly depending on who you live with. I lived in the "anti-social" freshman dorm, Furnald, and had a great social life. So it is what you make of it.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There are tons of international students, and diversity statistics don't lie. Columbia is very ethnically and religiously diverse (though I have not met all that many extremely devout Christians). Saying that it is liberal is an understatement, and social conservatism (i.e. gay people bad) is not going to fly, while fiscal conservatism (i.e. taxes bad) is more understandable (though certainly not a majority opinion). Economic diversity generally ranges from middle class to really really wealthy, though that would be true of any comparable school, so take that as you may.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: For those interested in Columbia College, not CEAS (the Engineering School): As a political science major with a German concentration (Columbia-speak for minor), I have been very satisfied with the academic resources provided by Columbia. The professors I have had in the Poli Sci department have been top in their fields, and the grad students that lead the discussion sections have been both knowledgable and helpful. The German department is very small and thus very personal. Most of the professors will know your name, and the conversation hours (complete with coffee and sometimes handmade baked goods) are really friendly ways to get to know your classmates. That being said, it is very important to read reviews of your classes online before signing up, because Columbia does have duds. Additionally, those in the hard sciences often have a much more competitive and stressful experience, both because of the nature of the major and the organization of the classes themselves. And, of course, the Core is wonderful… if that is what you are looking for. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO SIT AROUND AND TALK ABOUT DEAD GREEK DUDES!!!!! Most of my friends loved the Core, but the few who didn't had miserable freshman and sophomore years. It is very humanities focused, and gives you a wonderful context for culture and ideas that affect every aspect of modern life. But if you hate reading, or hate humanities, or both, DO NOT APPLY. You will hate it.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is an Ivy. So…. both the alumni networking and the career counseling are great, obviously. Columbia has the added advantage of being in the city, so students can partake in serious internships in the City during semester, adding to your resume without breaking the bank.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: As someone with no desire to get involved with Greek life, I have to say that I have not been too perturbed by its presence on campus. The frats and sororities have small townhouses, and throw parties that are primarily attended by freshman and the occasional upperclassman with nothing to do…. If a highly active Greek scene is your wish, Columbia is probably not the place for you. If you want to totally avoid Greek life altogether, it is possible, and probable that you will lose nothing of the Columbia experience by doing so.

5 College Junior

Local Area: New York City (a true cultural mecca--believe me, the city is not oversold in pop culture at large) is a resource often underutilized by the busy student body, but even if you confine yourself to Morningside Heights, the cultural and culinary options in the neighborhood are great. From burgers to Ethiopian, there is plenty of selection, and though not cheap, fairly high quality selection at that. Also, any trip to the neighborhood should include a visit to St. John the Divine, an unfinished Episcopalian cathedral that hosts many concerts and even the occasional art piece. It is truly stunning.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful, but it is pretty small (since there isn't much space in NYC). Most of the good spaces open for studying are crowded.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Compared to the other Ivies, Columbia is more diverse in race. There are many international students and people of varying sexual orientations. Everyone seems to be very accepting and open to those with different upbringings/experiences.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Columbia does provide some cheap apartments off campus, but if you can't get one, apartments are very expensive and pretty hard to find in Manhattan.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Althoughthere arequite a number of aoartments around campus, they tend to just as expensiveor even slightly more exoensive the on-campus housing. Grad students normally opt for off-campus housing due to the added freedomand privacy.Undergradsoften go for on-campus housing because of the camaraderie of living with other freshmen and the fact that Columbia guarantees housing for all undergrads. I bet grad students would go for On-campus housingif it was guaranteed for them.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Columbia University is pretty diverse in terms of Ethnic Heritage and Sexual Orientation. It is however fairly homogeneous in terms of politicaal affiliation with just a little diversity in terms of economic status. However, diversity due to ethnic origin and nationality coupled with extreme levels of liberalness makes Columbia seem much more diverse than it actually is.

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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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