Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(3.85 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 583 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

1.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: in New York City, receiving a Columbia degree, interesting classes, great professors Cons: the administration and field placement office are extremely unhelpful; all claim to be supportive and work with students, but I have found myself fighting with them when it comes to things like internship placement and financial aid
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

A program that gives you special preparation through their field placements.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

The graduate program is rigorous and competitive but quite costly
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia University School of Social Work is top notch when it comes to student support and professional development. The staff is available and more than helpful. The education and and network is without compare, however the incredible cost of tuition/living expenses and limited scholarships limit students from more humble backgrounds from being able to afford this quality of education.
1.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

The biggest weaknesses of the African American Studies Program at Columbia university concern faculty support and affordability. Given the immense amount of debt you go into to earn the degree, you expect to feel supported and looked after. On the pittance that the financial aid office offers to students, and the intensity of work at a top-rated ivy league, you need all the emotional support you can get to survive life at Columbia, in grad school, in NYC. Unfortunately, the faculty don't offer that in this program. Perhaps not for lack of ability (because truthfully some academics are sociopaths and these are maybe not those kind of people) --it is possible that the lack of support from the university for the program wears on the faculty in ways that make it difficult from them to be there for students. Still, in spite of the reason, a Masters degree in African American studies (and I would have to say that this seems to ring true for most, if not all, of the graduate programs at Columbia for several reasons) is not a worthwhile investment.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Dentistry
Graduation Year: 2018

The camaraderie among students builds a strong, connected class that aims at working together to create a vibrant learning environment. Faculty treat students as colleagues, and the genuine enthusiasm and compassion of students and faculty alike are evident.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Dentistry
Graduation Year: 2018

There is a great sense of camaraderie among the student body, and the Honors/Pass/Fail grading relieves some stress. Faculty and staff treat students as colleagues, and the genuine enthusiasm and compassion of students and faculty alike are evident.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

It's a diverse program full of people with energy and willingness to excel. Living in New York city is exciting but not very affordable.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

This program does a great job preparing its students for the professional field
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

It is very competitive in education quality, academic research and research resources such as laboratories and libraries. The faculty are extremely easy to approach. There is a "open door" rule. As long as the door of the professor is open, anyone is free to walk in and ask questions. The networking and social is very active at campus. However, to graduate from this school needs a lot of overnight working.
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