College Junior 2013-11-30T20:56:13Z
I don't really pay attention to the sports on campus.
College Junior 2013-11-30T20:53:59Z
They work just fine and the printing quota is great. It's just sometimes printing takes a while to do because there are so many people trying to print all at once.
College Junior 2013-11-30T20:52:37Z
I love the large campus and the city it's in. The people are intense but in a good way.
College Junior 2013-11-30T20:52:10Z
I have yet to be subjected to seeing any people use drugs.
College Junior 2013-11-30T20:51:04Z
The interconnectedness of the social work discipline is fantastic.
College Junior 2013-11-30T20:51:04Z
It's a great challenge and I think I have grown a lot in academia.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T04:25:01Z
Facilities could use some work here and there, but odds are you can find a place to study/dance/whatever if you need one. They're a bit dated but usually accomplish their intended purposes.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T04:23:24Z
Guys & Girls:
Most of the guys here are attractive, especially if you like smart guys like me. Queer scene is pretty vibrant but it can be hard if you don't put yourself out there -- though that applies to almost any dating.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T04:21:44Z
It's New York City. You should leave the car at home, you absolutely will not need it. There is no parking provided by the university, so you're stuck to parking on the street.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T04:20:36Z
Honestly it depends on where you eat and the day you go. There are three dining halls so there can be variety, but most of the time the food is more or less the same quality wherever you go. If you go somewhere where the food is good on that particular day, you're fine -- but otherwise, when the food is terrible, it's *really* terrible. Odds are you can find something you like but don't bank on every meal being the best.
College Student 2013-11-06T04:29:33Z
The subway stops right outside the gates of campus and goes straight downtown. In general public transportation is pretty good in New York, why anyone drives around here is beyond me.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:37:35Z
Columbia is a place where you meet interesting people, learn interesting subjects, and make interesting things happen. It serves as an open door to the city and to the world, and opportunities for challenge and growth are endless.
In some respects, Columbia takes the wonderful craziness of the craziest city in the country and amplifies the crazy in direct proportion to the number of (brilliantly) crazy individuals who comprise its community. (It's remarkable how often the traits of genius and madness coincide.) No bones about it: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:32:06Z
It's New York, and boredom is practically a non-issue. Columbia has the advantage of being relatively removed from the ever-present mayhem of downtown Manhattan, though, so it's not difficult to buckle down and study when necessary.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:29:42Z
Columbia's much-bemoaned student center — though indeed a glassy, ramp-y monstrosity and a colossal waste of potential activity space — does serve its purpose as a hub for student organizations, advising, counseling, and other indispensable supports in undergraduate life (and, incidentally, it *does* look rather pretty at night). Classroom quality varies dramatically, but study space is readily available if one knows where to go (and where not to). True to New York form, negotiating and ensuring space availability will always present issues. Performing arts facilities could use an update; student music groups, for instance, are often forced to hold recitals in scattered lounges and lobbies around campus.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:19:02Z
Columbia has fairly generous policies on scholarships, stipends, and fellowships, and you can usually find whatever financial support you need. The only negative: administrative crosstalk between departments is exceedingly weak, and the myriad offices (Global Programs, Financial Aid, Advising, etc.) are prone to miscommunication.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:16:13Z
EtOH and MJ are extremely common and available, but students certainly need not indulge in either to enjoy their free time.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:10:08Z
With the exception of students' political views (overwhelmingly liberal) and family means (overwhelmingly wealthy or "upper middle-class"), Columbia has a clear commitment to recruiting intelligent individuals of all religious, ethnic, and sexual inclinations, and each class reflects this extremely well. In many cases, one can learn more from the interesting experiences and perspectives of one's peers than from the faculty.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:05:39Z
From what I've seen and heard, Greek life is what you make of it. Some dorms located in close proximity to fraternity/sorority brownstones suffer from obnoxiously high (usually party-related) noise levels on weekends; otherwise, the Greek presence is easy to find or ignore as desired.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:02:25Z
North Atlantic weather patterns: chilly winters (though the urban heat sink usually prevents much snow from lingering on the ground) and sweltering summers. Buildings often create substantial wind tunnels, which can be either refreshing or brutal — depending on the season. Nevertheless, all buildings on campus are close together, so weather is rarely a major factor in quality of life.
College Senior 2013-11-01T21:00:20Z
Housing options range from minuscule singles and walk-through doubles to spacious studio apartments; as students progress through their years, more amenities generally become available. First-years also have the opportunity to pick into corridor-style singles rather than roughing things out with a roommate.
College Junior 2013-10-28T02:55:49Z
most classrooms can use an update
College Junior 2013-10-28T02:54:59Z
There is variety, but there is a finite number of choices available for the neighborhood.
College Junior 2013-10-28T02:52:24Z
Appreciate the historic campus, but also needs an overall update to modern buildings and technology
College Senior 2013-10-24T13:38:37Z
New York is arguably the culinary capital of North America. Whatever the preferences of your palate (or the size of your wallet), you'll find something to satisfy any craving at any hour.
College Senior 2013-10-24T13:36:21Z
Great faculty, motivated students, and spectacular opportunities for research in every field. Not for the faint-of-heart, Columbia will give you the challenge you seek in every aspect of your college experience, and the academic sector is where the growth begins.
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