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

1.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

The program itself is not so hard, and overall it is too big.
2.5 out of 5.0
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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
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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.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018

The program and living expenses in the surrounding area are expensive. Otherwise, I love the support that I get from faculty and the school in general. I feel like I will be well equipped for work when I leave the program.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2014

I like this program. It help me to learn sociology better. Plus, New York is really a fascinating city.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

The biotechnology program at Columbia is extremely diversified in having both an entrepreneurship track as well as a science track. What is beneficial about this is that if you were thinking of going into a start up company you can design your classes so that you take many finance/business like classes. You will be able to network and talk to various people within the field of biotech on both the science and business sides. If you wanted to stick to the science track, you can take classes taught by world renown researchers allowing you to dive deep into the course material. The cons about this program is that it is only one year (if you are full time), the class is small about 30 people, and your first semester will be a heavy science core course.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Great faculty. Great curriculum. NYC. Cons: neighborhood
2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: great facilities, great networking capabilities Cons: poor career support
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros the faculty and curriculum Cons location on upper manhattan is not so good
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2016

Diverse group of talented tenured professors with many fields of interest; nice grad students. I personally like the work/life balance I get living in a city like new york - obviously how much you choose to engage with the city is up to you, but in theory you can have a rich and full life outside of your academic research. Also, the ability to take classes at NY area universities like NYU, CUNY, Rutgers, is exceptional and hugely beneficial. On the other hand, NY is stupidly expensive. Sometimes the sense of community in the department itself is lacking and can feel a bit dispersed. Is lacking in diversity, as much as most philosophy departments are, though women have a decent presence and voice here. Overall, if you are interested in getting a great education but also in having a full life outside philosophy this is a great school.
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