Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.84 out of 5.0)
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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 29,372 (8,124 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 20% part-time, 80% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $46,956
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1.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2019

I transferred out of this program because of how disappointed I was. CUSSW definitely over-admits students to the point where they do not have enough resources to provide an adequate educational opportunity in this field to everyone there. Furthermore, if you are coming in with prior experience in the field of social work or human services, this program is definitely not for you. I did not feel challenged in any of my classes or my field placement. Faculty and staff, particularly field faculty, were very difficult to get in touch with and I truly felt like a number due to the extremely high amount of students they admit. I love the new program I transferred to and am having the experience I hoped I would have at Columbia. I've never written a review before, but my experience at CUSSW was so negative and disappointing, I think it's important that other people are aware before making the decision to attend.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2020

I would avoid the online program. The quality of the instruction is very good, but the school accepted more online students than it can handle. Several students we left without placements, several had to retake courses they took and passed because there were not enough electives, and some could not get into required classes. The on-campus program may be fine, and from the reviews, I get that, but the online program is lousy. CSSW is severely understaffed and has yet to learn how to help online students. I have little doubt that, in time, their rankings for social work will drop. Several, me included, are looking to transfer out.
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

Columbia University is a beautiful campus in the city of New York. The Social-Organizational Psychology program is one of the best in the country. The professors in this program are some of the most respected in their field, as both lecturers and academic researchers. Attending Columbia has given me access to a broad and caring alumni network. Almost weekly, alumni send out emails for job openings, which has significantly helped my job outlook. The program has introduced me to both the business and human capital side of consulting, as well as the functions of organizations. Not only have I met great friends and peers, I have a great mentor and alumni network for future years to come .
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2017

The Sustainability Management program is great for students who already have prior work experience or for students who are working while completing the degree part-time. The sustainability field is very broad and students without relevant work experience might choose classes that seem interesting but aren't necessarily teaching them skills that can be applied in a professional setting. The program also does not place a strong emphasis on recruiting, so students without prior experience with applying for jobs are at a disadvantage. The program is great for students who currently have a job or for students who have at least 1 year of relevant experience. I completed this degree while working full-time during the day, and after a year of classes I advanced within my firm. The program is demanding but is structured so that students can hold a full-time job during the day and attend classes in the evening.
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019

The online program is a new program and a great option for working adults. Although the class offered online are limited students in the online program still receive the same quality education that the residential student receive. For me this option was an amazing opportunity since moving to NYC was not an option at the time.
1.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2017

The resources that Columbia university offers is great and the brand really counts.But most of the courses in the Sustainability Management do not go deep into anything and are usually very basic.Would not recommend it to any full time students if you are an international student.I did not see any worth in this degree.The opportunities after you graduate aren't many after you graduate.Each course costs a ridiculous amount and money and mostly isnt even worth it.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2020

Columbia University has allowed me to aspire to achieve more in academia. The faculty have been helpful in every sense of the word. From timely email responses to one-on-one sessions to ensure full comprehension of material is attained by the student, the faulty at Columbia University are incredible.
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

This program is led by amazing, Pulitzer prize winning playwrights. Two of them had major plays on Broadway while I was a student, and the resume s of the others was mind blowing. This is a first rate program. Dare I say it, the best in the country at the moment. I grew so much as a writer, as a theatre maker, and as a critical thinker about performance. My time here changed my life.
2.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

While the professors are excellent, the courses are meant for students who do not have a background in social justice or human rights. Additionally, the founder of the program is past due for retirement and I question the institution allowing him to remain on campus.
3.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2013

Columbia University is a top university with a lot of brilliant minds and resources all in one city. However, there can be a lack of community.
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