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Impressions Of
Columbia University

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Columbia University

To Attend

  • “The people here. The students are extremely driven and very smart, which is something I’ve come to really appreciate.”
  • “For pre-professional development, I think Columbia is a good balance because it’s not all about professional development but also it supports you with that.”
  • “The name goes far. By name I also mean the connections you’ll make. If you go to a professional event, chances are there will be a Columbia representative or alumni you can reach out to. If you’re applying for a position somewhere like Google, there is definitely someone from Columbia working there you can get advice from.”
  • “We have a lot of renowned faculty on campus. There are faculty who have won the Nobel Prize for their research. That translates into opportunities and student research and how involved we are in that.”
  • “The Core Curriculum offers an opportunity to explore different kinds of classes and brings the Columbia campus together because it’s a common thread among students.”
  • “The diversity of people you meet, both professors and students.” [About 65% of all faculty members are White and 56% are male. About 57% of domestic students in the Class of 2022 are White.]

To Not Attend

  • “Columbia is really fast paced. If you’re mellow and like to be in a less busy location, it’s probably not the best place for you because you have to be on your A-game here.”
  • “The stress culture.”
  • “Feeling isolated at times from being in such a large environment in New York City.”
  • “If you want a small school environment, you won’t get that for the first two years. The humanities class are a lot smaller, but the first two years of being an engineer are in lecture classes where chances are you’ll be talking to your TA, not the professor.”
  • “New York is expensive so if you don’t come from a very wealthy family, you’ll need to get a job here. Most of my friends have jobs so it’s feasible.”
  • “The Core Requirements are a pretty big deal, so it’s definitely something to consider when deciding. You have to decide if you want to take all of the core classes.”
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