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

2.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2012

The pro is the name and the city. The school knows this. However, they dont seem to care about the experience of their students and will do the absolute minimum to keep them happy as long as their ratings stay the same. The faculty is comprised of top scholars in their respective fields, and most of them are approachable, though the ones that aren't can be difficult to deal with.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2011

Well known school, great faculty, not so great administration (not horrible, just not particularly supportive). Good classmates if you avoid those who go to law school to prove how smart they are. Law school is difficult wherever you go so think about what you want the school to do for you afterward (in terms of reputation, alumni network, and actual career support). While the name certainly opens doors, expect to work hard while there and afterward to get the career you want. Very corporate focused although the public interest community is very strong and growing; the support is there if you tap into it early. Finally, in terms of law school in general, the legal field has been going through a shift in terms of job trends (as I'm sure most people know by now). If you're going to law school because you don't know what else to do or someone told you you'd make a good lawyer because you like to argue, take a year to work and figure out what you really want to do to determine if law school is really the right move for you.
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

My program and the library resources have been outstanding for the most part. I feel as though it is preparing me well and that it encourages a lot of networking and other professional undertakings. From an academic standpoint it's good. However other campus resources are lacking whether it is the gym with no free lockers, the few music practice rooms available to all students, the campus shuttle that is almost non-existent at times--they really leave a lot to be desired. The social scene isn't anything special and a lot of the livelier spots for young people are in other parts of NYC. The academic aspect of my program here is good. Everything else pertaining to the school is so-so. The high cost of living is bad.
2.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

The main downside is that it is very very expensive and there isn't a lot of financial aid available.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: I think the education attained a Columbia School of Nursing is state of the art. The education we receive is on par with what the medical and dental students receive. Cons: I think because the Nursing Program is so accelerated, we tend to be at a disadvantage with clinical skills (compared to other schools). But that quickly changes the more we are actually in clinic with preceptors.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The Master's of Bioethics program at Columbia University is unique in that it provides opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom. The other students come from a myriad of different backgrounds which really enriches the class discussions. The faculty is both helpful and encouraging, but they also strive to challenge us to think critically. In addition, there are so many opportunities to expand your mind in New York City! The location is ideal, but also safe. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in the growing field of bioethics.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015

The challenges of Columbia are as follows: Manhattan, even Washington Heights, can be a very expensive place to live in or near. Also, the amount of information each student is expected to learn is substantial in complexity, volume, and detail. Finally, the tuition for all three years is nearly half the cost of a humble condominium in this area (Tuition ~$100K). The benefits far outweigh the difficulties, though. The dedication of the teaching staff has, on the whole, been not only helpful, but humbling; some have made themselves available on weekends and have held twice-weekly meetings to review notes with students who have had extreme difficulty. The student body is also amazingly encouraging and supportive: There's far more support than competition, and the second- and third-year students make themselves very available to answer our questions or concerns. Finally, the though the workload can be challenging, it is appropriate to our career responsibilities, and I am confident we will be very well prepared upon graduation.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014

Fantastic career opportunities. And I actually really like the location in Morningside Heights. Its homey and more calm than downtown.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014

It is a very prestigious and competitive program, but I do not like the number of transfer students who were admitted this academic year.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

There's probably no better program in the field in terms of instructor quality, prestige, alumni network, and local and international resources. Most faculty are highly accessible and supportive, with a few unfortunate outliers. (I speak as a PhD student, not an MA. MA students get less access and less respect. I think this is true at most every really ambitious research program, but I know it's true here.) The students are friendly and engaged and have a lot of fun together, but the workload is intense and the cost of living on a meager student stipend will get you down. Not at first, but as the years pile up.... This is a long program and believe me, you won't finish with the endurance and good spirits you started with. Unless, of course, you have some independent source of wealth, like a lover or parents. Then you'll focus on nothing but studies and find this all very rewarding. All of this is a way of saying.... If you insist on getting a PhD in this field, this is the place to do it. But unless you don't have to worry about paying your bills, now or ever, don't do it. It's not just about how broke you'll be for the 5-10 years you'll spend completing the degree. It's about the deficit of jobs in academia, and the fact that this degree qualifies you for nothing else. Educate yourself about the career, not just the degree, before you sign up. Read the Chronicle of Higher Ed and every other source you can find on the academic job market, especially adjuncting. Take seriously the way your entire life is put on hold while you struggle to get this degree, and then to get a stable job in a field where no one is hiring. Take seriously the possibility that your priorities might change, 10 years into this process, and you won't have set yourself up with many options for changing the way you're living. And above all, DO NOT go into debt to get this degree. Do not. It's not an investment; it's just debt. If the institution doesn't respect you enough to pay your way, you don't need to be there. An advanced degree in the humanities is a luxury good. (I.e., if you can't afford it, you shouldn't have it.) Idealism doesn't put food on your table. If you're hungry for knowledge and can't afford the degree, get a job and a library card and work both as hard as you can. You'll be way better off in the long run.
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