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Columbia students...What do you NOT like about Columbia?

fhgfhg Registered User Posts: 1,376 Senior Member
edited June 2009 in Columbia University
I'm seriously considering applying and would like to know as much as possible about the school...
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Replies to: Columbia students...What do you NOT like about Columbia?

  • Mainer61Mainer61 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    My daughter just finished her freshman year....she loved the classes, the campus, and the city. She did have a real pain for a roommate, however. This coming year she will have a new roommate and live in a different dorm.
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    the bureaucracy is insane!
  • alpharoseanalpharosean Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    What bureaucracy are you referring to?
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    registrar, bursar, financial aid ....take your pick
  • undisclosedundisclosed Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    I thought the financial aid was pretty great/generous?
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    but actually dealing with the administrative staff is a nightmare in most of these departments. You can tack on the core office to that as well.
  • DenzeraDenzera Registered User Posts: 3,371 Senior Member
    (1) Their career office's outreach and abilities for non-business jobs (i.e. nonprofit, energy industry, retail, even journalism) isn't as good as I would have liked. They have a bunch of workshops on things like resumes and interview skills but the availability of the professionals to actually sit down and talk to you about your plans, goals, etc is limited - there's just not enough of them to go around, and their time is booked weeks in advance.

    (2) The student services departments are managed by people whose first commitment is to the bottom line rather than to maximizing the amount of service provided to students. There are exceptions to this - i.e., undergrad housing is essentially run by someone who genuinely cares deeply about helping students, Joyce Jackson. But by and large some of these "higher education professionals" have just given up - they don't care anymore, they just want their pastry.

    (3) The university's central leadership, particularly President Bollinger but also his lieutenants, are basically nowhere to be seen on campus. They don't influence you in any way, they're never around just talking and hanging out, you get the impression they don't like students. Bollinger is a tremendous teacher and legal scholar and his Free Speech class is brilliant, but he is not much for face time.
  • LionHeadedLionHeaded Registered User Posts: 365 Member
    Haven't been to the school yet and I can already say that the red tape (phone wise) is a wee bit insane. I've called about my UNI this morning only to get bounced around from CUIT to the Student help line (With a lady with a SEVERE attitude problem- I didn't kill your puppy, Jolene. Sheesh) who rudely sends me to the registrar's office who send me back to the Student help line (Boy did Jolene love that) who sends me back to them, who send me back to CUIT who auto-forward me to student services at which point I just hung up. 7$ worth of international phone calls poorer and with no added information.

    Sigh....
  • alpharoseanalpharosean Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    ha ha what a nightmare
    Now I'm not gonig to telephone.

    Bollinger does remind me of champagne btw...
  • 121314121314 Registered User Posts: 302 Junior Member
    The girls
  • benshen7benshen7 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    alumni like Columbia2002
  • mordernportfoliomordernportfolio Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    What about the people in Center for Student Advising?
  • Columbia2002Columbia2002 Registered User Posts: 4,529 Senior Member
    Haven't been to the school yet and I can already say that the red tape (phone wise) is a wee bit insane. I've called about my UNI this morning only to get bounced around from CUIT to the Student help line (With a lady with a SEVERE attitude problem- I didn't kill your puppy, Jolene. Sheesh) who rudely sends me to the registrar's office who send me back to the Student help line (Boy did Jolene love that) who sends me back to them, who send me back to CUIT who auto-forward me to student services at which point I just hung up. 7$ worth of international phone calls poorer and with no added information.

    This is exactly the type of red tape that you deal with at Columbia. The "customer service" is like some big company with poorly trained call centers in India.
  • Mainer61Mainer61 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    No toll-free phone number really irritated me as I would be bounced around and put on hold. In 2007, the financial aid was not good, but this year it improved greatly. I also don't think the website is that friendly....remember, I'm a parent.
  • karotkarot Registered User Posts: 1,200 Senior Member
    Financial aid increased but so did the cost of attendance.
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