Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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  • 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

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4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

In the theatre M.F.A. areas of study at Columbia, we receive education that is extremely hands-on and on our feet, with some of the best faculty in the world. It isn't a traditional graduate program since most of it is pass/fail, and there aren't traditional assignments like homework or classroom work. We spend all of our time working on our feet in class, and we are constantly working outside of class with the other areas of study. We have a ton of networking opportunities every year, and it's located in the heart of Manhattan, which couldn't get any better for theatre artists. For the actors, specifically, we are able to work with upcoming playwrights, directors, and producers, and are also given the opportunity to have a showcase at the end of our third year for industry personnel. Actors and Stage Managers in the program are now also given the opportunity to get our Equity cards in our third year, which is incredible. We also get to work with the best voice and movement coach in the world, Kristen L, and many other prestigious professors with extensive credits. The biggest con about the program is the cost. It's extremely expensive, and very little scholarship opportunity for arts students, unfortunately. The faculty does a great job at helping students find financial help though, and are constantly working to get new grants and scholarship opportunities for all of the school of the arts students. Overall, it's an amazing program that is gaining more and more attention every year, and is becoming one of the best M.F.A. Theatre programs in the country.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

The quality of network and career support are SUPERB. However, the cost of living in Manhattan is very expensive and there is not much financial aid available for graduate students except for unsubsidized student loans. Nonetheless, it should be considered as an investment.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Excellent. Advantages are networking, wide range of course selection and advanced degrees. Drawback was really only cost.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

Columbia Law School is a top notch institution.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: excellent network, amazing resources. Cons: extremely expensive tuition and rate of living.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

The CUSSW graduate program is competitive and provides an excellent education as well as access to professional networks. However, the tuition rate, cost of living and availability of scholarships makes this program very difficult to fund without outside assistance. The limitations on loans for graduate programs lead to significant accrued interest.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

I think the pros of the Columbia School of International and Public Affair's MPA is the breadth and depth of the core courses, concentrations, specializations, and electives. The international scope offers a unique MPA for those students seeking to focus on international development, economics, management, or other global issues. The capstone project offers the chance for some hands on consulting work in public affairs (usually international) with great networking opportunities. The NYC location also offers great networking opportunities. Though I am beginning the program in September, I think the con is the financial aid available to first year students. Most receive no aid, leaving them to take out an extreme amount of loans to cover the 60,000+ tuition, fees, and living expenses.
1.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: Anyway it is Columbia University. Attending this program offer me the title of "Ivy degree award", which makes me proud of my self. Besides, the surrounding area is very cool. It locates at Manhattan and offers me a lot of job opportunities in finance, computer science, and social work. Cons: The tuition and fees are very high, there will be a lot of financial pressure if you attend Columbia. Besides, since its location, the living expense is much higher than that in other places. In addition, Chemical Engineering in Columbia is not a very competitive major. Our department does not have many industrial partnership to help her students find a job in chemical industry. Besides, there are only 13 faculties in our department and offers students with limited research opportunities.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

Overall I am very satisfied with the nursing education I am receiving at Columbia.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

 Columbia Business School provides a world class education, network, and foundation. It is a breeding ground for some of the worlds most successful business professionals, such as Warren Buffett and Henry Kravis. The New York network is second to none and the diversity of the school is unmatched.  New York City is very expensive, so one must make sure to budget accordingly.
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