Columbia University in the City of New York is a private research university located in Upper Manhattan. It is the second most selective university in the Ivy League, and U.S. News & World Report ranks it #5 among national universities. Students have the option to pursue a joint degree from Columbia University with nearby schools such as Julliard. Popular majors at the school include Nursing, Political Science, and Economics.
The connections made with professors and instructors are great. The climate (in terms of the resources available) is perfect for the student who is itching to be independent and loves the city. However, it gets cold fast and stays cold for long periods of time - it snowed late April and was cold enough for coats in early May.
Esther from Bowie, MD
As a first-year at Columbia, my experience with its traditions and subtleties is limited, but the administration does well with creating a sense of identity even though Columbia is right in the middle of a busy and diverse city. Many students seem stressed about their various workloads, but it is very much a school where you get the experience you create. The academics are amazing; the sports less so. Overall, it is a fantastic place to live and learn.