I think that since last spring or summer, Columbia university has been at the top of my list and a possible early decision school. I love the social sciences presence at there and most(not all) parts of the core. I have gone to a private school where reading was a BIG part of school. We read the Odyssey freshmen year and the Iliad in sophomore year along with dozens of other books over the four years.
So, about the core at Columbia. I personally am excited for most of the core--i like all the literature for the most part and the Contempory Civ, Art Humanities, and Music Humanities sound like really really cool classes. But like any humanities/social sciences kid, should the presence of "the frontiers of science" or the science requirement really scare me off? Can I say that I love Columbia enough to want to apply early decision while still being hesitant about the science parts of the core?
Further, I have been hearing more and more that Columbia is NOT one of "the fun" ivies. I'm all for intellectualism and all that, but I still want a fun experience. Can anyone comment on the community feel and stress level of Columbia?