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Founded in 1754, Columbia University in the City of New York. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 8,124 full time undergraduate students, and 21,248 full time graduate students.
The Columbia University in the City of New York Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 6:1. There are 1521 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Columbia University in the City of New York include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at CU are considered Most Selective, with ,56% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 4 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Columbia University in the City of New York.
106 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.
86 Students rated off-campus housing 2.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
111 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
118 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.
118 Students rated class size 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.
117 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.
118 Students rated local services 4.6 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.
119 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated Columbia University in the City of New York
I begrudgingly take one last bite of the right half of my sub. It’s dripping wet and the mixture of avocado and hummus spread on both halves has made for a slippery descent of cold turkey meat. I fold the remainder up within the tough crinkling foil that reminds me of the blanket’s astronauts use in space and think to myself sitting alone.
This was not the evening dining experience I had romanticized about when I thought of myself finally being accepted into an academic university of this caliber. It wasn’t so much the shitty seventeen dollar sub and the lonely feeling I got when I ran into one of my few friends on campus and she threw up her hand with an “I’m late,” unable to make out her facial expressions that would match the standoffish tone. I stood there in the middle of the foyer of Avery library feeling like an alien. Luckily, I was met with resistance when I tried to enter the library with a to go cup of coffee in my hand the front desk person redirecting me that only closed containers were allowed. He wasn’t being rude, I just felt that uncomfortable feeling again. I stood there for a moment and then decided I would plop down on the stone bench where the industrial sized blow dryer was dehydrating the slick floor and eat the leftover half of my bacon egg and cheese bagel from the morning. I tried my best to avoid touching the sandwich with my un-sanitized hands but to no avail. I ate the bagel contaminated and all and I enjoyed it. I had a moment of awareness, how strange I might look to passersby’s watching my mouth make love to this sweet no longer warm bagel, but remembered that even though no one says it, considering the amount of work our classes require, I believe we are all equally hungry most of the time. And so I keep eating and eventually I am met with the calm eyes of a class mate. We exchange friendly hellos and she sits down on the arm of the far end of the stone bench. I acknowledge the state I was in with a sense of humor and she is comfortably understanding. We exchanged a few words and before I know it we are many layers deep into the systemic capitalistic culture of Columbia. Naturally, it has been the third if not fourth conversation on the topic I had engaged in less than forty-eight hours.
Someone is brushing their teeth in the bathroom.
Everyones gone and I am alone.
Theyre all walking by.
I expressed to her a sense of warning that I observed coming from somewhere within me I couldn’t exactly point to. This sort of sentiment, a year ago, I would have turned the other cheek to. But something was happening in me, to me, that I found was also happening in others and somehow, I was regularly finding myself in exchange with them.
It is my second real semester here at the University. If you don’t of course count the three previous semesters which I had to medically withdrawal from. One during the fall of 2020 when my partner relapsed into his addiction and was cooking crack in the basement of our very bourgeoise apartment building. That was the first time. I was taking French then too and couldn’t seem to hold my focus long enough to retain much of the elementary lesson. My teacher was a very sweet French woman. I wonder where she is now. The second time was in the summer of 2020 one when my partner and I moved back to Brooklyn from Florida and I was showing up to class in between driving through the five or is it six, lets see, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Deleware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, the six states
that separate the two. I only lost out on around twelve hundred dollars of my tuition money that time, it wasn’t so bad. But no need to worry I made it back to the most important thing, Columbia University, where dreams come true, or die, or both? Both because in a way I came here thinking I would become an activist painter and I have fallen deeply for the pursuit of finding my voice and telling my story through the creative writing program, which I hear the best writers I know claim it’s something special. Whichever it is, I’m here to find out.
Honestly, I would not recommend this school to anyone who is facing a dire financial crisis because this university is one of the brokest among the Ivies. The financial aid is laughable and the university still wants to increase tuition when the students can’t afford it. The minorities on campus are ignored and neglected, especially the Black community on campus. This school is somewhat segregated between rich and poor. They only care about you as an individual if you have wealth. Otherwise, you’ll be disregarded like the rest of us.
Great university with great professors. I really enjoy GS as it's got the feel of a small college with the resources of a large university. There are many sources of support and opportunity built in for the non-traditional student. Everyone has got that "Columbia Face" - put together on the outside and freaking out on the inside - so you're not alone!
Columbia University has both wonderful strengths and serious weaknesses. Academic life at CU is enriching and promising. The professors are all leaders in their fields and have extensive passion for and knowledge of the subjects they teach. Classes at Columbia are intensely rigorous and wildly challenging, but they expand your worldview and help you grow into a better student and learner. The Core (required) classes in particular do an amazing job at facilitating discussion and growth in a range of important subjects. These classes are small, so they allow you to really engage with the class and get to know your professors. Additionally, the Core classes make the best of Columbia's culturally rich urban location. Class visits to museums, shows, and local landmarks are common. New York City also helps enrich personal and social life at Columbia. The dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities around the city are endless. The easy-to-navigate metro system also makes traveling and exploring the city stress-free. However, you don't need to leave campus to have fun. There are organizations (such as residential life) that work to ensure that students are relieved of stress and having a good time. There are also lots of clubs and activities on campus that students can join to get involved and have fun. The one drawback to clubs at Columbia is that many of them require applications, so joining some of them isn't as easy as many would prefer. However, there is no doubt that students will be able to find great clubs that they can enjoy. My biggest complaint thus far about Columbia is the dangerously prevalent stress culture among students here. In addition to the stress of difficult classes, heavy workloads, and lots of demanding extracurriculars, Columbia students seem to foster and encourage stress culture. Students feed on the stress of others and often compete over who is more stressed. Some students brag about coming home from the library at 6:30am. Very few of these students, however, are actually happy with the amount of stress they endure. Many members of the administration do not seem to acknowledge the unhealthy amount of stress that occurs at Columbia. However, RAs and other groups work extremely hard to provide outlets and resources for all students so that they can minimize their stress or go to seek help if it gets out of hand.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Columbia University in the City of New York is 6%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
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Friendly and enjoy working together
It's a perfect size school, gives you the feeling of a big city but also a small college campus, makes you feel very intellectual and that you are a part of a long history, has a wonderful library, the sports aren't great but the academics are top noch, great parties, great being in the city
great size classes, great relationship with the professors, has really interesting kinds of classes, I take most of my classes at Barnard, the women's college associated with Columbia but the classes I've taken at Columbia in my major were great - small seminars and great conversation, the professors generally treat the students like their peers, respect them and their opinions
of course there are some people who are like this, but they're not only at columbia
Rich and preppy
highly depends on which school you go to: CC or SEAS
CORE is going big in recent years, CUFE/CFIG/CIBD/Consulting club are the 4 biggest professional clubs.
It's an Ivy League. What else can I say? I mean, sure, yea, Harvard and Yale are worthy competitors, but c'mon... Cambridge and New Haven (puhleeease) definitely don't measure up to New York City. It's Manhattan!
A slightly hipster, idealistic campus where students work hard on weekdays, party hard on weekends.
Faculty and access to resources.
I wish that I had understood the financial aid program a bit more. My package was cut dramatically between my 1st and 2nd year and every year after that. I foolishly presumed that the package I got coming in as a freshman was applicable to all 4 years.
If you are not a dedicated student and you do not have a passion for learning, Columbia definitely is not the right school for you. At Columbia, you are completely surrounded by faculty and students that are truly passionate about what they're studying. Even if it's not a class relating to their major, everyone is still passionate about learning in general. Columbia is a hard school, and the only way to survive and do well is to be a hard worker. You shouldn't attend Columbia is you aren't going to be dedicated to your studies.
The beauracracy is ridiculous. Ridiculous. Simple tasks like getting a financial aid check signed would take three trips to four different offices. And they lost my paychecks a few times.
My school is best known for being an Ivy League University. The curriculum is challenging and rigorous. I would recommend my school to individuals who are focused, can devote their full attention to the academic experience and is moderately social.
Likely due to the school's location in New York City, there is no cohesive community on campus.
Columbia students are very hard-working and very bright. This often means that there is a slight perception of elitism or "preppy-ness," considering we're an Ivy League school in the Northeast. Of course many students are seen as "nerds," especially in engineering. There is the perception that there are a fair amount of hipsters and hippies, due to the extremely liberal nature of the school. Obviously none of these are 100% accurate. The student body is incredibly diverse: one of the school's greatest strengths and most attractive features. Anyone can find a crowd in which they will fit, and flourish. And if you go looking, you can find almost any type of student here at CU.
New York City! And the speakers
Willling to experience diverse environments and people; motivated and with a desire to learn; likes living in a city and looking forward to taking advantage of the culture that NYC has to offer.
Unfortunately, Columbia students do not pride themselves on their sports teams. In fact, there is little school spirit and attendance at sports events. There is a general attitude that many of the athletes are less intelligent/less deserving of going to this Ivy League.
I have to give credit to the Columbia athletics department, though. they are really trying to improve accessibility and attendance. Yearly Basketball Mania is a lot of fun, as is Homecoming (which is a big event for Greek life)
Greeks make up about 20% of Columbia's undergrad population.
I'm involved in Greek life and I absolutely love it. For those of us who are involved, it is SO important, exciting and enjoyable for us. It has really "made" my college experience.
That said, if you're not at all interested, don't worry about it. You'll barely notice the fraternities and sororities if it's not your thing.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
57% of students
attending Columbia University in the City of New York receive some sort of financial aid.
18% were awarded federal grants.
While 11% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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