College Reviews 2012: UC Davis, Columbia, & Fairfield U

Columbia University

By Sam Coren Staff

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Here’s a sampling of some of our most recent college reviews posted by students and alumni:

UC Davis Review

The Good:

Rigorous courses, friendly staff for the most part, good sports stuff, lots of nature and large campus.

The Bad:

Not easy to get an internship, not as much financial aid as lower ranked UCs, crowded classes without seats, walking down the street is like playing Frogger on Hard with the bicycles, some of the buildings are very worn-down and creepy at night or in winter, not diverse student body, rampant bicycle thefts and ancient lab equipment.

Would I do it again?

No, As a STEM transfer student I would avoid this school due to difficulty acquiring internships or volunteer work mandatory for grad school. Also there is not enough support for transfer students or acknowledgement of their existence by staff.

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Columbia University Review

The Good:

The core curriculum is challenging but worth it. Beautiful campus. Students are extremely intelligent. The history faculty is excellent.

The Bad:

Course load can be overwhelming. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of students. The computer science department is too theoretical.

Would I do it again?

Yes, The core curriculum taught me so much. The campus is self-contained even though it’s in the middle of the city. I received two Bachelor’s degrees from Columbia: History and Computer Science. I think that the quality of the history faculty is much higher than that of the CS department.

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Fairfield University Review

The Good:

Excellent teachers who were very engaged with the students. I also enjoyed living on the beach my Senior year and the close proximity of FU to NYC holds many benefits.

The Bad:

Being from San Diego, Connecticut winters are cold. I also sometimes had a feeling the administration (not the teachers) were out of touch with the student population. Another dislike was the administrations obsession with keeping students away from beach housing, which has been an integral part of student life since the schools founding.

Would I do it again?

Yes, I met great people and got a valuable education. Fairfield also has a great party scene.

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