Columbia University Visit Report by wmmk

Visit to Columbia University in March 2008 by wmmk
(Student, HS Class of 2011)
(Member since October 22 2014 with ? posts)

 
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Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Fairly informative. Nothing really that I didn't know from the CC forums, but the demographic and sheer number of attendees said a lot about the school. Importance of holistic admission emphasize

Campus Tour: Yes - Great! Friendly tour guide, only spoke when we were stopped at important, so I could discuss my observations with my dad while we walked. Very informative, but we didn't go inside dorms/classroom


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
When we were having breakfast in John Jay, we likely looked lost. As we were standing around the cereal dispensers, a very nice student told us about an omelette station across the room. Yum!



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very good. We had lunch with a faculty member (pre-arranged, of course), who had insightful comments to make about the University.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Great campus, but South Lawn was covered by tarps, as it apparently almost always is.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Everything was OK. Nothing especially noteworthy in this area. Some construction in front of Journalism, and Mudd's exterior wasn't in the best of shape. Carman looked kind of fugly.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Especially considering the NYC location, I felt very safe. According to our tour guide, Morningside Heights is the 2nd safest precinct in Manhattan (or maybe in all of NYC?).



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I fell in love.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The UWS was great. The prof. we talked to described it as more "neurotic" than the UES and midtown. You could feel the eccentric character, which stems from the academic institutions in the



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
NYC. Need I say more?

Campus Visit Notes for Columbia University


Visit Description:

I absolutely loved it. The vitality on campus can't be portrayed in viewbooks, in photos, or on admissions websites. Must be experienced to be understood.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

The Excelsior was a great hotel.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Dining really spins the gamut. From Garlic Bob's Pizza to Le Monde, off campus eateries were great. John Jay was above average for a college cafeteria and other on-campus eateries were good too.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

The 1-Train seemed very safe. I was surprised how much nicer the NYC subway is than the Chicago 'L' (which is our equivalent of a subway). Good luck finding parking in New York.