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 571 respondents

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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
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia University has a top ranking business school which offers a wide variety of courses led by top professionals within various industries. It is located in the heart of NYC and is just a train ride away from many great attractions. The students at Columbia are very knowledgeable but yet still sociable at the same time. The application process is a bit grueling but it is worth every effort as Columbia's MBA experience is top-notch! Columbia can be quite expensive so do your research before applying. This school's wide-reaching network comes with a hefty price tag.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2013

The faculty is outstanding and the quality of coursework and mentoring is extremely high. However, the financial support is grossly inadequate and there is not enough career support.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: 9/10 of the staff are not only supportive, but extremely supportive. They do not fudge grades, but they give you *every* opportunity to use them as a resource to help you learn. There is no in-class competition, but the intelligence, work ethic, and support of your peers helps you up your academic game at every level. Most of the students have some health science or exercise science background. It is a very expensive program (~$100K over the three years), and New York is a very expensive place to live, even if the immediate neighborhood is not the most up-scale. There are many commuting options, though.
2.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

The material is fascinating, but there is very minimal science involved which is surprising to me. And considering the salary and job market, the degree is extremely overpriced.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2015

I've considered it a privilege to be part of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). I feel very honored to be part of a very highly capable and tenacious student body. Through my interactions with others at SIPA, I can proudly say I have grown and developed professionally and socially. As I settle into another semester, I look forward to continued study and interaction. The faculty and location in New York City contribute to the stellar environment and provide opportunities unique to most institutions.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2015

Coming to Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs has been a great decision. The student body is diverse and brings many great experiences to the classroom. The staff provides a productive and vigorous learning environment, and the location in New York City gives the student body many opportunities for internships, networking, and practical application of what has been taught. I highly recommend this program to those interested in international affairs or public policy.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

For an international relations education, the student body is very diverse and very active and engaged. The education quality is good, and the location great.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Software Engineering
Graduation Year: 2007

Curriculum is very strong, exploring every emerging piece of science possible. Very professional and competitive atmosphere.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2014

The location helps build your professional and friendly network. It allows a great deal of accessibility to resources, faculty, and opportunities not only in the city but internationally as well. The workload is demanding but there's not one class where I haven't felt like I've learned something new and challenging. The biggest negative aspect of studying at Columbia is the lack of financial support.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

There's little I can say about Columbia that hasn't been said before, but here goes! PROS: 1. Excellent quality of academic instruction. The faculty here really are at the top of their fields, as one would expect of an Ivy League school. There's never been a moment where the academic material failed to be relevant, well-articulated, or innovative. Faculty here make great efforts to push their students to work outside their comfort zone, so you never feel like you're not being challenged. 2. Excellent variety of courses available. Within my school, the GSAPP, I can choose from over 30 substantive urban planning courses any given semester, as well as those in architecture, urban design, real estate, business, law, or the sciences. The depth and breadth of knowledge here is incredible. 3. Studio experience. Having professional experience to add to one's portfolio is important in the planning profession, and the studio is tremendously helpful to this end. During the studio, you're working on real, high-profile projects with talented professionals from interdisciplinary fields - everything from planners to architects to engineers and financial analysts. A great and thorough professional immersion experience that carries a huge benefit to your career. CONS: 1. Cost of living in NYC. Be prepared to make the adjustment to living in the most expensive city in the US. With solid planning and networking, however, you can find a room/share situation for less than $1,000 per month. Temptation to spend money on the myriad New York attractions (museums, restaurants, bars, clubs, etc.) is strong, so it's important to be financially disciplined. 2. Administrative communication from GSAPP. The administrative office of the GSAPP does not generally go out of its way to assist students in basic matters such as career services, registration, housing, and the like. Rule of thumb: you must be very persistent and proactive to get what you need, they will not make as much of an effort to communicate with you as other schools. Columbia is a place where you must approach your education like an empowered consumer and demand to be heard. 3. General lack of scholarship help. If you are not offering grants from Columbia, they do not generally offer merit aid and make little effort to point students to outside resources.
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