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| You'll get out of Columbia what you put in. A great place for extremely bright, intellectually curious, driven, and mature self-starters who are comfortable making their way in a huge, vibrant city and distinguishing themselves as imaginative thinkers who are committed to making the most of the incredible resources the school and city have to offer. If you're a rich kid who's been coasting by on good looks, connections, or mommy and daddy's cash and who expects that strategy to make Columbia a cakewalk... do your classmates a favor and go to Princeton instead. |
|Oct 13 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| I am a junior at Columbia and I love my school. I am suspicious that the many negative comments are fake. Perhaps, they are all written by the same person.|
Most of my friends at Columbia are very happy. We love this school. My suggestion to high school students is to do your own reasearch and spend some time at Columbia to see what it is really like. I think you will be very impressed with the students you meet and with the campus.
|Sep 09 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| I am very happy to be going to Columbia. The resources and faculty are the highest quality anywhere, and the location in New York is unbeatable. The complaints that I usually hear around campus center around the Core and the administration. Here are my takes on these two concerns: |
First of all, if you go to Columbia you should expect the Core Curriculum since it is a major part of Columbia's reputation. I am a very self-motivated student and I still appreciate the basic well rounded education that the Core ensures. Granted some of the classes can be useless depending on your professor, but overall it is incredibly useful. It makes sure that every student has the same basis in philosophy and literature so that there is a common background for class discussions. And on a more basic level, the ideals of the Core Curriculum signify an attitude at Columbia towards a complete, well rounded education that I strongly agree with. As far as the administration issue goes, Columbia does have a problem with bureaucracy. They don't treat students with individual attention and there is a lot of red tape. That said, this also gives the student a lot of freedom since the university doesn't pay much attention to what you're doing. I was thinking about doing an ethnomusicology degree and while creating the major would have been incredibly problematic with all the appeals and paperwork, the Anthropology dept was fine with me doing an Anthro degree focused on music. The point here is that if you're self-motivated you can find a way to work the system and as long as you fulfill the basic requirements set in place you have a lot of freedom.
|Dec 24 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2011 |