<p>kelloggss's and pbr's post has a lot of truth to it. To me, it honestly seems you want to go to Columbia for it's "brand name." Especially because you don't even know if you will be a **fit* at Columbia*. Please research Columbia further before you apply. First you need to understand college search process better. That does not mean go to a ranking chart and seeing which are the top schools. You need to at least know how to see if a college is a fit for you. You are never going to get into Columbia by saying "i'm applying to seas because it has a higher acceptance rate"</p>
The last thing I am worried about is "fitting in" or "dictating 4 years of my young life"-- if I make it into Columbia, obviously I know it's not going to be an easy 4 years no matter which college.
Probably the worst thing you can say to an admissions officer. If you say "I don't care if I don't fit in" then they'll just say "rejected" because if you didn't know: College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won. Your post shows that you are heading toward the prize factor by saying that you don't care if you don't fit in. The truth is, admissions officers want to see the opposite of what you say. They want to see if you fit in. Read this article from the Journal of College Admissions: College:</a> A good match, not a prize | Journal of College Admission | Find Articles at BNET</p>
I look for close alumni-student relations
I want good job prospects, now and future, and the best quality teachers.
I prefer an independent learning environment, and a modest social environment (I'm a little shy)
I have no interest in sports
Big cities are better
I like a free curriculum, but I enjoy the idea of a common core
A frat sounds good, but only for friendships (no wild parties, drugs, violence, etc.)
Have you checked out Boston College? Boston University? Brown? UPenn? UChicago? USC? UC schools?
Because they all are in a big city, large alumni network, good job prospects, either a free curriculum or a distribution, not a dominating frat scene. They all fit into your wants. IMO and I'm not trying to put you down but you need to invest more time into searching schools.</p>
<p>I might sound harsh but it's because you really should know this info.</p>