pbr - percentage is a good way to think of it - columbia's class (seas and cc) is grossly smaller than Harvard's (by nearly 800 kids), smaller than YP, and slightly bigger than uchi.
Mr. Meursault, I have no thoughts whatsoever about the number of Columbia students seeking IB jobs. You've created that inference on your own. I simply get frustrated by attempts to present anecdotal data as proof of an assertion.
If in the off chance he replies to your email, you chat with him - you get the sense that he does not give you the benefit of the doubt. You have to *prove* yourself to him.
My son's experience (as one isolated data point) is that his freshman dorm floor mates, sports club team mates and fraternity brothers provide an almost overwhelmingly robust social scene.
I can count on 1 hand how many Rhodes Columbia has won in the past ten years. Why? The advising here is inadequate. I'll leave it at that.
Let me describe to you the experience of trying to reach out to a Columbia alum, trying to get a legs-up on that recruiting process (i.e network). If in the off chance he replies to your email, you chat with him - you get the sense that he does not give you the benefit of the doubt. You have to *prove* yourself to him. I suspect this is because, again, due to the culture of Columbia, no one really helps anyone (i.e. no school loyalty), so the people who do make it into IBD are very aggressive independent. As such, they don't feel like they owe the junior candidates anything. If anything, they want to see that independence/aggressiveness - which is what happens.
We've been asking our most famous graduate, Mr. Barack Obama to be our class day speaker now for what, the past 3 years? (We're asking this year as well). He hasn't come yet. We'll see if he comes this year - but I definitely would not count on it.
...we're not socially inept,but we find it difficult to fit into Columbia University. It's not an uncommon problem and it's a large risk for any high school students thinking about attending university. There is a relatively high proportion of people (I would estimate around 10-20%) of the undergraduate body that has trouble socially.
Its cliquey: Its not a cohesive campus environment. Frats aren't very social outside themselves (people who think this is normal check out Dartmouth or Brown where everyone is welcome at any party). People of similar types tend to stick together more-so than at other schools because they simply can. At a more campus-y school people have to know each other - not here.