Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
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(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 572 respondents

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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

3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Expensive (although comparable to other graduate programs), but the resource access is unprecedented.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

I get a great education and get the opportunity to live in a great city. The cost of living is the only con.
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2007

I loved the Social Work program, the only downfall being from California and having a grad program in New York was that I did not have a great network when I returned home. If I had stayed in New York, things would have been a lot more successful.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

I am enrolled in Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences. A huge change from my undergraduate experience, the faculty here are available and open to students. They will talk with you and both encourage as well as network you into the field you want to work in. The amount of work is high, and the city is very expensive to live in, but in exchange for the inspiring and fulfilling knowledge combined with incredible and wonderful faculty and students - it's an experience I wouldn't ever trade.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The education at CU is at a very high level, however, there is a sense of privilege at the school.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2013

For journalists who do not have experience in the field, this is an accelerated one year program. For more senior reporters, the M.A. program is perhaps a better fit. The program provides a polish-up course for broadcast journalists and students have access to professionals in the field.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

Columbia is an Ivy League school for a reason! You will be drowning in student debt and mountains of stress ... in the hopes that it will all be worth it in the end. It's in New York, meaning that there are all the opportunities that the city itself affords, as well as the high costs and safety issues of a large metropolitan city. Overall, I love it here. Graduate students are usually here to work while undergrads tend to be rich white kids who aren't necessarily the brightest. I have established good relationships with my professors and peers, and just by having Columbia by your name really helps open doors.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012

Nursing Program Pros - faculty members are available outside of the classroom to provide support, there are many clinical and research opportunities within the school and in the surrounding area, global health opportunities are available. Cons - school and cost of living is expensive, need for more student and faculty diversity.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

Columbia's Physical Therapy program is very challenging but very exciting. The faculty is very supportive and they do everything in their power to help their students succeed. The area around the campus and hospital is safe, but don't wander too far off campus since it is not the best area. The cost of living is relatively affordable, considering it's in New York City. Columbia has connections to so many different places for affiliations both in and out of the country.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: excellent faculty assistance, wide breadth of topics covered in the core curriculum, great use of technology, excellent career and practicum assistance, many research opportunities Cons: hectic schedule for first years (during the new core curriculum), heavy workload first semester, campus library is often crowded and students forced to study off campus
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