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

4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: prestige, course work Cons: transportation
3.67 out of 5.0
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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
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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
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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.
4.67 out of 5.0
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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 Linklater, 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
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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
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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
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

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

Pros: excellent network, amazing resources. Cons: extremely expensive tuition and rate of living.
3.17 out of 5.0
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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.
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