I am a prospective for the Class of 2012...and would be commuting to Columbia , if I am accepted. I've heard that the Columbia community lacks some of the cohesiveness of other undergraduate colleges, due to location and the prevalence of graduate schools all over campus.
How difficult is it to be a commuter at Columbia, and still be a part of the Columbia community? Is there a commuter organization, lounge, etc? Does anyone have any personal experience with commuting--and does having to commute each day make the workload more difficult?
I applied to both Barnard and Columbia, so feedback about either experience would be EXTREMELY helpful.