1 out of 10
At the school
"i did a minor in architectural art history. he pointed out some buildings in pictures around his office and asked me to identify the style, era, architect, and all that good stuff."
"nothing really...standard issue"
"sdn, princeton review, msar, their website"
"nice housing...dorm style, i miss that kind of stuff. students in general seemed pretty happy and very confident, etc."
"in the beginning, a student ran into the office saying columbia sucks, go somewhere else. the sheer arrogance of a lot of the students that i met, saying things like, the residency directors will come and shake your hand out of 30 applicants because you're from columbia...it's badass. in addition, the runaround pissed me off. i was originally scheduled for a 2 pm interview, then they shifted me to a 9 am a couple of days before, so i had to reschedule stuff. when i showed up at 8 am, they told me that my interview was cancelled...so they had to run around looking for someone to interview me...and i got a 15 minute interview. whatever, i scratched this school off my list. in addition, it's in a crappy part of town compared to cornell, mt sinai, nyu, etc....too far north. one more thing, their traditional curriculum is hating it. a huge proportion of the students don't go to lecture because they're boring and inefficient...so you basically study on your own and graduate with the columbia name. i think i'll give my $130k to someone else."