I was thinking about this yesterday. What makes Columia University so good? So I googled it and I found this website: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/columbia-university-2707
I found 3 things that make Columbia University so special.
1. Columbia University is surrounded by sky-scrapers. This is like looking for gold in a gold mine. You have plenty of buildings surrounding you that a person could study.
2. It also has close student-to-faculty interaction with extensive undergraduate research opportunities.
3. It was founded in 1754 so its deeply rooted to the area.