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Columbia vs. NYU

curious2005curious2005 Posts: 6Registered User New Member
edited October 2011 in Columbia University
Please comment on differences and/or similarities. What sets each college apart from the other? How does academics rate in both? what's their campus and social vibe like? does anyone regret going to Columbia without trying for NYU? Is there rivalry between the two colleges?

I'm still weighing my options, so any insight from Columbia students will be greatly appreciated.
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  • imacrazyscientistimacrazyscientist Posts: 1,016Registered User Member
    It depends what you want to major in.
  • yoshi503yoshi503 Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    There's no comparison. Columbia is above and beyond NYU. The only reason I can think of for one to choose NYU over Columbia would be to go to a purely business or art school as an undergraduate.
  • eternity_hope2005eternity_hope2005 Posts: 524Registered User Member
    Stern is awesome for business and the Tisch school school of Arts at NYU is something many admire and dream of studying in. For business and the arts, NYU is a fantastic school; even superior to Columbia itself.

    I don't personally go to NYU or Columbia but if I had to choose between either of the two, I'd def. choose NYU. I think the experience there would nothing less than fabulous. I've talked to quite a few students from both schools and the students at NYU are happier. One NYU student summarized everything in one statement:
    It's the ****, that's all you need to know
  • yoshi503yoshi503 Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    NYU is (behind Stanford) one of the top "dream schools," and is getting more selective year after year. Again, if you want to study the arts or business as an undergraduate, NYU may be a better choice than Columbia. However, Columbia is no slouch, and their graduates are more likely than NYU's to make it into graduate business schools (including the Columbia Business School, which consistently ranks higher than NYU Stern) regardless of their major. The difference is that Columbia students use their undergraduate years to explore other, less specialized fields of study that range from philosophy to engineering.
  • Roger_DooleyRoger_Dooley Posts: 106,160Founder Senior Member
    The campuses are quite different - Columbia is more self-contained, with most buildings in a walled/gated multi-block area, while NYU is more organically diffused in its neighborhood. NYU is in the Village, while Columbia is Upper West Side. Socially, both schools are more outward-focused than typical college-town colleges. New York City offers so many things to do that students tend to rely less on school-related activities to fill their spare time.

    Be sure to visit the schools if you are able to, curious.
  • GT2GT2 Posts: 99Registered User Junior Member
    As someone who transferred from NYU to Columbia: It's very simple. There is absolutely no comparison between the two. I could not envision a more miserable place for a college experience than greenwich village. It is a very poor representation of the real world.

    Academically, NYU is way overrated... classes are taught by TAs, the buildings and facilities are abysmal and way overcrowded, many of the kids are disinterested in learning. At NYU Being 'artsy' or 'queer' is a great substitution for intelligence.
  • eternity_hope2005eternity_hope2005 Posts: 524Registered User Member
    GT2,

    We all acknowledged that Columbia was superior in everything w/ the exception of undergraduate business and arts at NYU.
    I could not envision a more miserable place for a college experience than greenwich village.

    Why didn't enjoy the location? Many people love Greenwich Village. Indeed, NYU is ranked #1 as having the best location in the country.
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Posts: 9,085Registered User Senior Member
    That is a lame post.

    I know plenty of NYU kids who felt like they were missing out on the "true" college experience, that there was little if any community, and that NYC replaced college life. For some that is amazing, others hate it.
  • spyreyspyrey Posts: 115Registered User Junior Member
    Agreed. Columbia kicks the crap out of NYU.
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Posts: 9,085Registered User Senior Member
    The post that was lame was edited/ erased...so my previous post refers to nothing...
  • quakermanquakerman Posts: 231Registered User Junior Member
    I chose Stern over Columbia, as did about 90% of my classmates, and haven't looked back on it at all.
  • laloopielaloopie Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    NYU is the most overrated school... the incoming freshmen class is HUGE, all the classes are huge. In terms of prestige, columbia def. outshines. you have no self-worth if you apply to NYU...you might as well go to some large state school for less money.


    I do have to admit, however, that NYU guys are wayyyyyyy hotter than Columbia guys. Larger selection too... all types of guys, white,chinese, korean, indian, hispanic, etc. you really cant go wrong...

    but you're really an idiot if that is the reason you choose NYU over Columbia..
    just my two cents :)
  • eternity_hope2005eternity_hope2005 Posts: 524Registered User Member
    you have no self-worth if you apply to NYU...you might as well go to some large state school for less money.

    Top investment banks recognize Stern very well. You can graduate from Stern and bank 75K + for a top i-bank your first year out. These guys can really compete with Harvard / Wharton business undergrads.

    I don't think those i-banks recruit from large state schools (w/ exception of Berkeley and UMich). Maybe you could have found a better comparison to make regarding NYU than "large state schools"?
  • quakermanquakerman Posts: 231Registered User Junior Member
    "Top investment banks recognize Stern very well. You can graduate from Stern and bank 75K + for a top i-bank your first year out. These guys can really compete with Harvard / Wharton business undergrads."

    Yes. I've been out of the field for 3-4 years now and still get job offer soliciations just for coming out of Stern.
    The only thing that Columbia has over Stern is its massive grade inflation and easy professors.
  • dknicks2488dknicks2488 Posts: 77Registered User Junior Member
    according to u.s. news Columbia is ranked much much higher than nyu
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