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More collaborative than it used to be. In recent years, we have heard that Columbia has made attempts to shed its past reputation as a school with a cutthroat culture and is now much friendlier and more collaborative. Recent graduates have told us that this may partially be due to the wider range of backgrounds now represented in the class. The increase in diversity amongst the student body has led to different perspectives and increased inclusiveness. CBS Matters, formed in 2012, allows students to get to know each other and the faculty on a more personal level with less of the “professional façade.” Individual students are able to share their passions by conducting presentations on what matters to them most and why, with the goal of having your class know who you are as a person. Columbia’s recent change to its non-disclosure of grades policy may also have contributed to a less cutthroat environment as students are not aggressively competing against each other. One recent graduate tells us that it is now more common for classmates to study together and share their knowledge from their professional experiences.