Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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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

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4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Visual Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

The MFA program at Columbia is phenomenal in terms of class selection. I'm so proud of my classmates and the intellectual diversity.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

The Pros are the faculity, the community, and the quality of education. This program has Anne B, Kristin L, Andre S, Niki and Olga. I have been taught Linklater breath work years before I ever thought I had a chance of getting into grad school here. The same goes for Anne B. The cons are that it is very expensive, both the university and living expenses. But those are really the only cons.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2014

Its great! You really feel like you are learning things that will help you in your career!
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

The American Studies Masters of Liberal Arts Program, while academically well-rounded and rigorous, is not established within an academic department of the university. As a result of this, the program and its students are under-resourced and suffer from a lack of support from the university as well as from other organizations within the university intended to aid graduate students in their broader academic and career efforts.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

pros: -Highly competitive graduate program at one of the best University in the world, Columbia Univesrity, NY. - Great location and a good access to Wall Street - Excellent faculty and career service cons: - High tuition - high living expenses
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

The only downfall of my program is the cost. Since it is a private institution, it is very expensive and there is not enough financial aid.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Industrial Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

Excellent network, good education, and Columbia offers a lot of student services. There is a tremendous workload, which is good because it gives you experience in many different areas but bad because it is obviously very stressful (especially when trying to blend this with a social life).
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is diverse in its curriculum and difficult. The program itself however lacks ethnic diversity that can benefit a social work program. Overall I am happy with my choice to attend CUSSW and feel supported by the staff and faculty. Tuition is rather high with minimal financial aid offered.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2016

Alot of what you are paying for at Columbia is the name. Having said that the name opens alot of doors! I graduated with an undergrad degree from UC Berkeley and witnessed first hand that people take you much more seriously as soon as you tell them you have a degree from a 'top tier' university. While I hate the branding and commercialization of education, this is the reality we face now. Having a degree from an Ivy League automatically qualifies for respect that many people have to work much harder to earn.
2.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros are a great education and a great place to live. Cons include expensive school and little financial aid.
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