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 584 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

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.
2.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia University is a title that provokes many expectations. However, one should always consider that when it comes to grad school, the biggest asset you have is your own personality and skills. Most schools offer opportunities to network and excel - it is on you to to take advantage of it, initiate and stand out.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2014

I absolutely love this program. It's always been a dream of mine to be a part of this legacy that is the Columbia J-School. It's competitive to get in, but it's worth the fight to be part of such a great family - because that's what this school is. It's a network of journalists that are passionate about what they do.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is intellectually challenging and allows for much professional growth. It pushes you out of your comfort zone, but allows one to analyze issues in different ways. It is very challenging, but well worth the payoff.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

NYC is a place where you have to take the train and that can be tiring at times. Columbia is a very expensive school but worth the education and staff are amazing and helpful.
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Degree: Non-Profit Management
Graduation Year: 2013

Master of Science in Fundraising Management is a wonderful program! The requirements for the program are selected carefully and precisely. I am fully satisfied with every course that I took.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

New York City provides one of the greatest and most diverse environments for learning about nursing and healthcare. The medical campus is located in Washington Heights and sometimes lacks a true campus feeling, but nursing students still have access to the main campus and there are plans for a new medical campus within the next few years. Columbia faculty have extensive experience and they are committed to training exceptional nurses. Some of the programs are accelerated, which can be great for people ready to immerse themselves in their studies, but it requires a sincere commitment. The clinical placements are diverse, challenging, and rewarding. Student organizations and activities within the nursing school are lacking, as are opportunities to study abroad. But being a member of the greater Columbia community, both on the medical campus and the main campus, provides opportunities to learn from and connect with brilliant minds and world-renowned professors.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

Love Columbia University and the Public Health program. For my area of reproductive health, the faculty is unmatched and it's such an honor to be able to work with them. The only major con is the cost of living in NYC, but the organizations centered here in NYC and the opportunities that come with the city more than make up for it.
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