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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 04/11/2010

College Tour '10: Columbia University

By Valerie Strauss

Columbia University
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
You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 11, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Columbia University, campus visits, college visits, deciding where to go to college  
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Very interesting, but you should set a good example for the reader by proofreading your report before you submit it. Thanks

Posted by: Mako3 | April 11, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I do not get the impression that this parent knows that much about Columbia. A few points to consider:
1. Columbia does have two undergraduate schools, the College and the Engineering School. You do have to specify which one when applying.
2. Columbia has one of lowest acceptance rates in the country, lower than that of Cornell. Probably only Harvard, Yale, and Stanford have lower acceptance rates.

Posted by: Seamus2 | April 11, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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