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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4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Hands-on experience through Labs and internships. Flexibility in structuring program and classes. Great professors. Cons: Pricey.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Neuropsychology
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: 1) Extreme flexibility to tailor the almost perfect graduate program to every student's need. 2) Diverse and large number of faculty members and research areas to work with. 3) Vibrant academic environment that's exciting and stimulating yet not cutthroat-competitive. 4) Great support from program directors/administrators/educators/peers/etc. 5) Apparently the Columbia affiliation is highly regarded should you decide to move into the corporate world. 6) NYC!!! Cons: 1) The financial support provided although sufficient is not as good as other comparable institutions. 2) The physical environment around the medical campus is somewhat less than breathtaking. 3) NYC!!!
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Neuropsychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: Great faculty and resources. Flexible coursework. Cons: Sketchy surround area.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: Extraordinary research facilities, and quality of education Cons: Highly priced accommodation, and food.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: Network Location Community Resources Cons: Near Harlem, far north in Manhattan Expensive
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

The MBA program has greatly exceeded my expectations. The opportunities that I have been afforded here are unparalleled to those offered to my peers as other top business schools. I have been blown away by the quality of the alumni network, the faculty, my classmates, and my career prospects.
0.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2012

The Social Work School at Columbia has great faculty doing important work. It's really sad though that their master's program is so shocking bad. Classes literally consisted on "analyzing" rap songs, long, racially charged, politicized debates with non-academic adjuncts who consistently got basic facts wrong. On this program, you pay a huge Ivy grad school fee, plus the cost of living in NYC, just to do volunteer work (a placement you could organize yourself) and idiotic 'assignments' (one involved literally making 'hungry' signs for the homeless of Harlem). Seriously, I worry about the students going to work with vulnerable, high-poverty communities with only this training - and huge debt!!
1.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

The program itself is not so hard, and overall it is too big.
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Neuropsychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: prestigious program, prestigious faculty, many seminars and faculty talks Cons: location, housing, expensiveness, teachers are not very interested in teaching
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2017

As a first year PhD student at Columbia University, I feel well-supported by both faculty and other graduate students. My program includes the right amount of rigor and professionalism that will enable all students to successfully pursue a career in academia following their completion. While living in New York City may not be as affordable, the attractions and activities are numerous making Columbia perfectly situated. Additionally, Columbia provides ample financial support and is accommodating to individuals with families. Overall Columbia is a high quality institution and truly prepares its graduate students for their careers and beyond. I would readily recommend my program of study at Columbia University to motivated and committed researchers.
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