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
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Although very expensive and with limited financial assistance, the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University provides excellent training in a wide variety of fields. It is easy to be flexible with your area of focus and if you want to learn new skills that will be relevant to your future career, then you will find courses which match your interests. Some professors are obviously better than others but surprises are around every corner and you may end up realizing that the class which you disliked the most turned out to be the class which taught you the most important skills.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia Business School's reputation is top notch. From the breadth and depth of the professors to the enthusiasm and talent of the student body, there is no better place, in my opinion, to pursue a business degree. Although the fast paced, competitive lifestyle of New York City, may be overwhelming to some, there is no better place no city in the world at the center of business.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

The network of students, faculty and administrators is what makes this graduate program great!
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2016

Simply the top of the line GRad program! but you pay for it. alot. My decision to attend Columbia versus other schools which offered me a scholarship came down to reputation. As a Berkeley Graduate I know that attending a school with such an immediately recognizable reputation has great value later in life.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

This is an amazing program. It should be everyone's first choice for an EMBA.
1.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The program feels like I'm paying a very, very large sum purely to put Columbia on my resume, but not actually gaining any real experience or information. There is little support for working-class students like myself, and it is better suited for the wealthy with free time. There is both no guidance or support but also ridiculous constrictions about class selections, etc.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: prestige, course work Cons: transportation
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Columbia University is an extremely good school and a great place to meet friends. There is always plenty of stuff to do in New York City.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

My Graduate program is interdisciplinary, so while I am able to learn about human rights theory and practice, I can take other courses that will enrich my graduate experience and make it well-rounded.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

There are the standard pros and cons that come with living in New York City, and whether or not that works for you is an individual choice. But the quality of a Columbia education cannot be matched, and this program is very integrated so as that you get a robust public health education.
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