I'm sure most people have heard of Columnia University, since it is one of the top Universities in New York City and the US. The education is top notch. From what I've heard, the classes are rigorous and challenges the students. You really do have to work hard to get by at this school. But once you do, finding work will be easy as Kids Jeopardy.
The campus is really nice. The dorms look more like high priced New York City apartment buildings than ugly dorms in most universities. As I recall, all in coming freshmen get their own dorm rooms as well. That is very rare among Universities to offer individual dorm rooms.
There are also many clubs and activities to join. Of all my friends who attend there, they all love it there. Go if you have the opportunity.