College Tour '10: Columbia University
NEW YORK, NY
From a parent
It just right as soon as we got there.
We had been to NYU (New York University) which doesn’t have a real campus and my daughter didn’t like that. Columbia is in New York too but does have a campus. I always ask my daughter if she can picture herself at a school, and here she said ‘yes.’
It seemed less intense than some other schools, like NYU and Cornell. There was a fabulous admissions person who told the kids, ‘You have to pick what’s best for you. You may have all the right credentials but this may not be good for you.’
Columbia of course has a lot of great programs, and you don’t have to apply to be in a specific school like you do at NYU. There’s also a way to get a Columbia degree by attending Barnard [College] or the Jewish Theological Seminary.
At some other schools you got the sense that, ‘hey, we’re a great school and you probably can’t get in.’ It wasn’t like that at Columbia.
This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at email@example.com.
You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.
Go to http://timespace.washingtonpost.com/project/college-2010/ to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.
| April 11, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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