# Someone explain to me about the Columbia points

<p>How does this exactly work?</p>

<p>Thanks</p>

<p>i'm guessing ur talking about dining point....</p>

<p>1 point = \$1 ...you can only use them at on campus dining locations....you can get more details about those at the dining website (just search for dining on the columbia website).</p>

<p>Or he could be referring to point value of courses...</p>

<p>Every student needs 124 points (credits) to graduate. A typical class is 3-4 points, language classes tend to be 5, gym = 1, etc. A typical student takes 4-5 classes a semester (about 14-18 points).</p>

<p>just an add-on to phantom's post....</p>

<p>a typical SEAS student usually takes 5-7 classes a semester (about 16-21 points). The absolute minimum u can take is 12 and the maximum is 21 or 22 but u can go over with special permission.</p>

<p>Assuming that OP means points in the sense of classes, not meal \$\$ ... Everyone failed to mention the basic idea -- 1 point is approximately one hour of class per week (technically 50 minutes, because 10 minutes of break are built into every hour). So, for example, a 3 point class meets twice a week for 75 minutes or three times a week for 50 minutes. If you're taking an average load (15-16 points), you're in class for about 15 hours per week. Note that, for lab classes, you get "cheated" on the points.</p>

<p>That's not really true... atleast not for SEAS. All my classes junior and senior year were 4 points and all of them met 75 minutes twice a week.</p>

<p>:)</p>

<p>sometimes a class is 3.5 or 4 points because it has a mandetory recitation. Thats how intro bio, gchem and orgo are for example.</p>

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That's not really true... atleast not for SEAS. All my classes junior and senior year were 4 points and all of them met 75 minutes twice a week.

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<p>Same with my classes. They're supposed to have a recitation, but most of the time they don't have one at all (or it is optional).</p>