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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  • 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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3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2013

The EMPA program at SIPA is a tremendous asset to anyone in the public administration field, because of both the academic and networking offerings.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

On the one hand, I expected more from the program because of the obscenely high cost of attendance. There are too many people (taken international affairs and public administration first years together, there are over five hundred first years this year), which means that there is simply no way that the professors can pay enough attention to you. On the other hand, the networking opportunities amaze me every day. The school is very well embedded in the New York job market, with many of the adjunct professors working for the World Bank, consultant firms, etc. The career services are very good, too. Another plus is the student groups; nothing prevents you from joining on-campus initiatives that let you work for a client while in school. I expected more of an Ivy League academically; as a professional school, however, it is rather good. (If you cannot afford it, I suggest you try something else instead of getting indebted for all of your life.)
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Great faculty, good curriculum with CORE component, abundance of events/seminars by visiting professors/doctors/speakers to attend. Cons: Terrible location, expensive, lack of social life
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2017

pros: great environment in New York City, appropriate amount of work load, interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged cons: program is small, not much choice
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2018

There are lots of hoops for you to jump through, like cumulative exams. The research, though, is outstanding.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2018

Nestled in the heart of New York City, Columbia is arguably one of the best-located graduate institutions. I've really enjoyed being free to explore the city, visiting venues both local and as distant as Brooklyn. I also really like the level of competition here. While the courses are generally much harder than their equivalents were at my undergraduate institution, the environment feels very collaborative, and I've found all of the faculty and students in our department to be warm and friendly, even as they work at one of the top institutions for Chemistry in the country. Yes, housing is expensive; you're in Manhattan! But the university does subsidize apartments near campus, and the buildings in my experience have generally been well-maintained. It is probably also worth mentioning that, although our graduate program does include a number of international students, Columbia suffers the fate of many Ivy League schools by being a tad whitewashed. Looking back on my first year, I'd say that Columbia has been an overwhelmingly positive experience, both because of its exciting location and the rigorousness and friendliness of the academic environment it provides.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Highly-qualified faculty, excellent research facilities, well-maintained laboratories and classrooms - all contribute to a wonderful learning environment and very conducive to research.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

This program is ideal for understanding structural dimensions of health and healthcare. There is ample room to combine it with traditional public health methods.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: good networking environment, experienced professors Cons: too many core courses
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2014

CBS has a great community where fellow classmates are very collaborative and grade non-disclosure takes away the competitive edge so that classes are more about learning than grades. This is especially useful for those who don't have a background in finance/accounting but want to have the basis for their next careers. It also provides more time to socialize. Being in NY is also great to connect with companies in the area. Cons are that NY is expensive and there is a lot going on outside of school so balancing school with an outside life takes a bit more effort.
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