Columbia University

Located all the way up in Morningside Heights on 116th St., Columbia University and neighboring Barnard College feel a world away from the fast-paced Manhattan streets. Walking through campus, you're definitely aware of the bubble that many Columbia students mention, but that's what sets this school apart. Just stepping inside, you're inclined to speak in hushed, academic tones while aware of just how smart everyone around you must be. The fifth-oldest university in the country houses buildings that are an odd mix of every architectural style since the 18th century, from concrete and stone pillars to brick to gleaming glass towers, making a stroll through the school's winding paths like a journey through the history of New York City.

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Columbia University 116th Street and Broadway New York, NY 10027