Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 578 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 11 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 28,086 (8,102 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 20% part-time, 80% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $44,176
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

The networking opportunities are amazing. The quality of the students and their experiences help me learn from my peers, not just my professors. The workload definitely calls for good time-management skills, or you will feel overwhelmed. Overall, it is a fantastic program.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

I highly recommend studying international affairs at Columbia University. Great faculty and curriculums, the opportunity to study in other departments, and irreplaceable networking opportunities and career advancement in New York City. In a competitive field like international affairs, Columbia and NYC are great places to be. However, the stress of a high tuition and dismal financial aid opportunities outside of student loans is disappointing.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

It's quite a supportive environment, much more so than you might expect from a law school. The career support staff and the faculty are also incredibly welcoming and very dedicated to making your legal and academic career a success. It's quite a bit of a workload, though, so it's definitely a very challenging and difficult program.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015

This is a wonderful program, I feel as though I have received a well-rounded education thus far. I believe there will be more career support as we get closer to that time, but I cannot yet speak to that aspect of the program. NYC in general is very expensive, and graduate students are not rewarded enough financial aid in the form of scholarships, only loans. Overall, I am very happy with my experience here.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Excellent faculty and resources. Cons: Expensive and high tuition
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: You gain a great value of education in journalism. Cons: It is very, very expensive.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

It's a one year intensive program, and as a result, the pace is quick and the workload is heavy. There's a great variety in terms of coursework, and being able to develop your own curriculum (without the pressures of concentration) is a big plus. There's no beating Columbia's network, and that's a big draw for why people choose this school. This comes with a hefty price tag and the financial aid office is remarkably understaffed given the size of the student body.
2.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

Columbia University's School of Public Health is a great program - one of the top in the United States. It provides a strong foundational knowledge base through the first semester and then proceeds to hone skills for each student's given field. However, it's program design is lacking somewhat considering the new CORE curriculum is only three years old. There are still a lot of kinks that need to be worked out and courses that need to be made clearer and with a better delivery. Overall, Career services seem strong with incredible statistics (but we know those could always be skewed).
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

It is amazing to finally get into the field of study that you want to pursue as a profession and begin to be equipped and prepared. Still, the program is a lot of work, though that is only to be expected, and the tuition and living expenses can be rather overwhelming.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Costs are high in New York City, but financial aid and housing services do their best to accommodate for you when you ask. Transportation throughout the city is very accessible, but often the local trains have construction and aren't running properly on weekends. Great area on and around campus.
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