Columbia University as Hogwarts

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<p>"Columbia College: Because going through the entire Core makes you the bravest person ever. GRYFFINDOR: Bravery, nerve, daringness, and chivalry.</p>

<p>Barnard: Because you attend the most selective women's college in the entire world and were smart enough to figure out how to get a degree issued from Columbia University without actually having to complete the Core. RAVENCLAW: Knowledge, intelligence, and wit.</p>

<p>SEAS: Because you ruin all hope of a forgiving curve in Calc/Physics classes and thus, have the resentment of all the College students. You also don't have an animal mascot. Isn't that mysterious? SLYTHERIN: Cunning, cleverness, resourceful, and ambitious.</p>

<p>General Studies: Because you accept even the untraditional students with open arms. HUFFLEPUFF: Patience, loyalty, hard work, and fair play."</p>

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<p>This is pretty great, especially the logos. Did you make it, or is it from somewhere?</p>

<p>Yeah, it's pretty cool!</p>

<p>I love Harry Potter so I think these logos are awesome! It's very cool to think of Columbia as Hogwarts!</p>

<p>Hogwarts "house system" resembles Yale's Residential colleges and somewhat, Harvard's House system. Much more so than Columbia and its versions.</p>

<p>Y and H actually have their systems set up to compete against one another (ala Rowling).</p>

<p>Um, I really don't care to humor your disparaging comments about an obviously uncompetitive image made simply in order to encourage Columbia University's school pride.</p>

<p>I mean, really, what is the point of putting down Columbia on a Columbia thread? As eloquently as your post may be written, it reads as: "Yale/Harvard's colleges resemble Hogwarts' more than Columbias' because of so&so reasons, so HAH, we definitely better than you anyway."</p>

<p>Really, do any of us give a sh** whether you're better than us because your COLLEGES compete against one another? Really? No.</p>

<p>Honestly, what is the of bringing NEGLIGIBLE ivy league competition on a Columbia thread when the topic at hand is OBVIOUSLY innocent and has NOTHING to do with Harvard and Yale. You, sir/ma'am, have just come off as a total a*s. </p>

<p>Yes, I did make the pictures.
Credits: 1) whoever did the original design of the Hogwarts crests, 2) Barnard Bear nicked from the BC facebook page 3) Owl from the 2007 General Studies Student Council 4) SEAS logo and Columbia Lion from wiki. </p>

<p>@T26E4, I don't even want to argue your point, but just for contention's sake:
Even if Yale and Harvard have their houses "compete against eachother," I don't think that their houses so significantly align to the character traits prescribed by Rowling as Columbia's undergraduate colleges do. Furthermore, there are only four at Columbia.</p>

<p>Quoting Rowling exactly for each of the House (Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin) traits:</p>

<p>General-Studies is for hardworking (they have the highest GPA out of all four undergraduate schools), non-traditional (G.S. students are significantly older) students.</p>

<p>Barnard is the most selective all-women's college in the world. They receive a Columbia University degree but do not have to complete the gruesome Core Curriculum. Unlike the other three schools, Barnard is known to have an amazing advising system and a Career Development Center ranked 5th in the United States.</p>

<p>Columbia College is the pivotal focal point of the University undergraduate system. Students are required to fulfill a load of requirements for the Core, along with a LESS-THAN-stellar advising system. Columbia College is not for any slackers; everyone knows its tough and requires much determination to get through. </p>

<p>SEAS is full of ambitious (e.g. engineers on career paths) individuals.</p>

<p>The qualities definitely match up. And there are only four. Maybe we don't compete with one another, but I think there is definitely animosity between the different colleges. (College students resent SEAS students for ruining the curve in all the Calculus/Physics/Science classes, as SEAS students usually excel in subjects. Comparable to the Gryffindor/Slytherin rivalry). (Barnard students are accused of not being legitimate CU students because of the resentment derived from having a better advising system, looser education requirements, and separate admissions process. The fact that on many levels, Barnard students get the better end of the deal makes them smart for choosing Barnard). (G.S. is often ostracized because of its unorthodox student body; G.S. freshmen are usually older than the traditional 18-year-old freshmen at the other three schools). </p>

<p>Thats a list of general animosity between the four colleges. The traits do align pretty well with Rowling's prescriptions for the four houses. But the fact that we don't outright compete with one another, in my opinion, is better. People have friends across all four colleges. If you ask me, whole school pride > fractional pride.</p>

<p>Wow, did that warrant a page in response?</p>

<p>Sorry. :( I was just annoyed. I made it for fun. Not to be told that Yale/Harvard trumps Columbia. </p>

<p>Also, I'm a '16er, so I guess I'm a little bit too excited... Embarrassing, agh.</p>

<p>Guys, Columbia DOES NOT have a residential college or "house" system; Yale and, to a much lesser degree, Harvard do have house systems, based on the British model of house colleges. Columbia has a variety of dorms that you pick into based on a lottery, along with special interest housing, and some houses for frats/sororities.</p>

<p>But since there are 4 undergraduate colleges affiliated with Columbia University, Columbia students have been tempted to map them to the 4 Hogwarts houses.</p>

<p>Last year, though, we tried to map the 4 Hogwarts houses to 4 freshman dorms. I assume you've all seen the video?
Rocking</a> and a-Rowling with CCSC – Bwog</p>

<p>I am not saying Y or H > than Columbia -- I fervently don't subscribe to the USNWR nonsense and you won't hear me saying that other than at some sporting event if my alma mater is playing against Columbia --- and that's because I'm a loyal sports fan -- not some snob bent on ranking the Ivies. </p>

<p>I AM saying that the Hogwart's analogy arguably more resembles the College and House system at Y and H more than the delineations at Columbia in my humble opinion. Please re-read my post.</p>

<p>Guys let's please not argue about this. Yes, each of these colleges have different housing systems. I get what @T26E4 is saying but I also believe that the analogy about Columbia from @me33842 makes sense. On a side note, @me33842, you did an amazing job on those Hogwarts logos for Columbia! I never thought of thinking of the four colleges as the four houses of Hogwarts.</p>


<p>It's not just your opinion. Yale and Harvard's residential college system are the result of one man—Edward Harkness—who gave the schools millions of dollars in the 1930s to create residential college systems modeled on British universities like Oxford and Cambridge.</p>

<p>Harkness also gave us a ton of money, which helped fund Butler Library and the Columbia medical school, but he didn't give us money for a residential college system (and Columbia didn't want, and still doesn't want, one). </p>

<p>It doesn't mean that Yale and Harvard are "better" than Columbia, but their dorm system is a very deliberately modeled after British universities. Ours, for better or worse—probably better—is not.</p>

<p>This is hilarious. Props!</p>

<p>:) haha, that is so funny!</p>