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What a difference between NY and Columbia.Not so brightPsychology
What a difference between NY and Columbia. NY is great but you rarely get to use it. When you do, it is SO EXPENSIVE. The university has a lot of smart kids who compete for everything. Few students help each other for fear others doing better. But hey...this is are on your own. Columbia is just a huge disappointment. The area around the school is really bad. I am a big guy but do not feel safe at night unless I am in the center of campus. Social life is miserable, teachers are arrogant and don't care about teaching undergraduates. The administration is filled with red tape and students rarely come together as a school. Other than NY, the social life is really bad. I really wish I had gone to (any) other top university. I can see how Columbia could be better as a graduate school where you are less reliant on making friends and being part of a social community.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: A, Individual Value: D
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You will be miserable here.Quite BrightPsychology
You will be miserable here. Its nice to have access to the city, but you will feel so bogged down with school work and the expensiveness of the city you will live in the Columbia bubble and rarely see New York as much* as you thought you would. All of your friends will always be "too busy" to do any fun stuff with you. Everybody is in therapy because they're so depressed. It's #1 on the list of most stressful schools and rightfully so. The whole atmosphere will brign you down.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: A+, Education Quality: F
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Let's see, my thoughts during the 3 monthsQuite BrightOther
Let's see, my thoughts during the 3 months prior to starting my college education at Columbia consisted of such: "NYC!" "Such great parties!" "Best of the best professors!" "Great job opportunities!" "Awesome, hipster students!" "IM SO EXCITED!"

However, aside from being in NYC, which is great when I get a chance to actually experience it, attending Columbia was the worst choice i've made....ever? The students are obsessive over grades, the social scene SUCKS. worse than i could ever imagine. the professors have a "couldn't be bothered" attitude about everything, and are far from helpful.

Although I have remained untouched, many of my friends have gotten mugged right outside the campus gates...I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that Columbia is located right next to HARLEM?I got into so many other great schools.. Penn, Cornell, Boston College, Princeton... I would choose anything over this pile of crap

2nd Year Female -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A+, Innovation: F
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