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4 College Junior

Majors: The admission process was pretty clear-cut and straightforward. Depending on the program you are trying to get into they may focus on different things. Definitely fine-tune your essay and polish it well.

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College Junior

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Columbia students are in general very studious and make good choice on campus.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: A decent amount of selection. It is Manhattan so nothing is cheap.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live off-campus so cannot comment on this topic.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing prices vary greatly. If you are lucky you can find something nicer and cheaper than on campus housing. However, you really have to be at the right place at the right time.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I am not a big party goer so I cannot comment much on the nightlife. Heard it's not bad, though.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I spend too much money on food.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't done an internship yet. I would do one during school but there is no time with all the other classes and extracurriculars.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love the film department, but there are a lot of requirements.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: They take forever to log in.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: To get to the airport is my only hassle ever.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Without my financial aid package I could not have attended.

3 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's too expensive to live off campus in NY, so most people don't even try.

College Sophomore

Parking: No one drives, it's New York City

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People only really support men's basketball, and that's because most other teams suck. Except maybe wrestling and fencing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is guaranteed for everyone which is cool. I have had a good housing experience. A variety of options that should satisfy everyone.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The bars are pretty lame, but occasionally they are fun. Frat parties can be fun but are often too packed (NY). Clubbing would be fun, but we are so far off campus it can be a hassle and expensive with cab fair.

3 College Junior

Academics: Academics depends on what department you are in.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not a good area but if you mind your own business you should be fine.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Local atmosphere of medical campus/Washington Heights neighborhood is not ideal. There is a lack of shopping and nice restaurants which have been dominated by the local population. It is dirty and dangerous in parts.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I wish there were more opportunities for intramural sports.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing in the neighborhood by medical campus is affordable yet the environment is not ideal.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Medical campus is not located in an area where many are living off campus and have a social life.

3 College Junior

Technology: Only two computer labs and total of about 20 computers. Printing is free for 1000 pages per semester which is convenient.

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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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