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Columbia is a good school of course, but

Feb 17 2014Chemistry
Columbia is a good school of course, but there are some things to be weary of. Not all, but many students are very arrogant and very tough to approach (most schools have this). As far as facilities I cannot complain at all, there are an abundance of resources for all students to use and libraries are kept orderly and quiet. Bathrooms for the most part are well kept but not always. As far as school work, it's not as challenging as I thought it would be, but you still learn a lot. GPA's won't suffer as long as you are organized and allow yourself adequate studying time. In New York there is always something to do and plenty of places to go. Social life was great when you weren't swamped by work.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: D

CU is superb but not user-friendly

Jul 31 2013English
CU is superb but not user-friendly. To be successful there, as in New York generally, one has to be focused, sharp, alert, and goal-oriented. You have to know what you want and be determined to find it. The administration is enormous and bloated, and, as one finds often when intellectually brilliant people predominate, common sense and ordinary courtesy are often lacking. The academics, however, along with the sense of place, the history, the facilities and the opportunities--to say nothing of the City of New York itself--are unbeatable. It is worth attending but one should recognise that there will be no hand-holding; on the contrary, the system will often seek to thwart you.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Lawyer Preparedness: D+ Reputation: D

The students at Columbia are quite simply amazing

Oct 20 2013Biology
The students at Columbia are quite simply amazing. Whether they are geniuses in some scientific field or demonstrated civic leaders, you will meet a diverse array of people here.

Not surprisingly, the academics are rigorous, and you will be surrounded by peers who are highly academically engaged in and outside the classroom. Classes are generally small, ~20 is average. The professors vary in style of teaching, but they are always receptive to questions and help.The community requires you to be proactive and reach out for opportunities, which there is certainly no dearth of at the university. Student advising is satisfactory and improving. However, in my opinion, the quality of the advisors is not extraordinary and could have more room for improvement.

1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: C
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