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17 days ago
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Why Columbia Essay- Residence Halls
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Hello!

At the end of my "Why Columbia" essay, I am planning on including that the single dorms in Furnald Hall would be the best residence hall for my collegiate experience. For anyone attending Columbia, will my admissions officer think I am "socially isolated" based on the residence hall stereotypes?

Thanks!

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17 days ago[edited]

"Why are you interested in attending Columbia University? We encourage you to consider the aspect(s) that you find unique and compelling about Columbia."

I think you are misunderstanding the purpose of the prompt. Columbia AOs don't really care where you want to live. They are trying to assess if you are a good fit for their College based on your knowledge of the school.

Therefore you need to think about and write something that makes them feel like you understand the core values of Columbia, it's history, it's legacy, and it's unique location and why you are attracted to the school.

Using up what little space you have on telling the AOs what dorm you want to live is a missed opportunity to communicate more important ideas..

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