Columbia University Visit Report by skipsmom
Visit to Columbia University in February 2009 by skipsmom(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since February 01 2009 with 185 posts)
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Admissions Interview: No - Not applicable
Information Session: Yes - Standing room only---very overcrowded, large lecture hall behind the dome and difficult to hear. Student presenter boring, no info that isn't better presented on the website. Two thumbs down!
Campus Tour: Yes - Midwest giggly girl very full of herself. Hard to hear. Boring.
Classroom Visit: No - Not applicable
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Campus Visit Notes for Columbia University
This was a very disappointing, but illuminating, visit for our son and for us. The shabbiness of the school and grounds, the extreme dullness of the presentation at the information session (I finally pulled out a crossword puzzle as I couldn't hear a thing), the monumental self-involvement of the tour guide.... I hope our son doesn't apply to Columbia.
But, that's what the look-see visits are designed to do: weed out.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Station, 42nd and Park. Great hotel, Priceline bid at $137 per night, much nicer stay than our recent week at the W a few months ago.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Re-visited favorite restaurant Angus McIndoe's otherwise stuck to Cafe Metro types. Manhattan Sky at Hyatt is wonderful all windows,elevated above street level----good food, too, but pricey!
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
We used trains (to NJ) and mostly taxis. Flew into Newark which was supremely inconvenient when NYU/Tisch suddenly realized 2/16 was a holiday and postponed our info session to 2/17.