Isn't it a little suspicious that a student in dental school would go onto a predental forum to bad mouth their school? In my opinion, I think this "animal" person didn't get into Columbia and is bitter or is waitlisted and trying to dissuade other people. Personally, I got accepted and I plan to go there. I liked the strong biomedical education, strong performance on part 1, and excellent facilities. I'm also excited about going to NY (even if it's in a bad area, I'm just a subway ride away). The students were really nice and seemed to enjoy it there. Of course they had some complaints, but I heard that from students at every dental school I interviewed at. And it may be a lot of money, but I was always told that you can always pay back a loan, but you can't always change your school. I wish everyone good luck and hope they make up their minds from their own personal experiences.