Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

83% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
94%
of students recommend
(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 572 respondents

School Highlights

Most
Affordable
Regionally
Accredited
Non
Profit
High
Grad. Rate
Has Online
Degrees
Find an Online Degree:

School Ratings

Quality of Instruction
Student Financial Services
Satisfaction With Degree
Earning Potential
Prepared for Career

School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and CSWE
  • 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

4.17 out of 5.0
-
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
3.17 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2012

New York City is a great place to go to graduate school because you have so many resource at your disposal. Columbia did a great job engaging with the NYC community across many industries. I found students humble, smart and fun, but it can get very competitive and intense, especially around recruiting. The Career Management Center focuses a lot of its efforts on consulting, banking and other finance opportunities, but a lot of students are now more interested in marketing, social enterprise and healthcare.
3.42 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

Great network, great recruiter visibility, great city and amazing new friends. Super diverse and interesting student body. Facilities are not amazing but that will change with the new campus and hopefully before then as well.
3.25 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Columbia University is a great school, with wonderful professors and a tough curriculum. For the MFA program, I've never been in a more supportive community of writers in my life. Everyone here is committed, excited, and incredibly motivated. It's a very unique place. A lot of my issues with this school come from the administrative side, especially regarding financial aid. A lot of the tuition costs come out of left field, without proper explanation or notification. As an Ivy Leaguer, Columbia has very poor student funding, and it makes it very stressful to try and find ways to pay for a graduate level degree. But I'm glad I am here.
4.08 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

I am at the Social Work graduate school. It is incredibly difficult and the work load is intense but the faculty is extremely helpful and there is always someone available if you need assistance. I feel that some professors do not take into consideration your other classes and give you more work than necessary, especially when it comes to readings. The students are really great, the school is very tech-savvy.
4.08 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Overall, I'm very glad that I made this decision to come to Columbia.
4.17 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

Columbia University School of Social Work is a great program because it has extensive community and alumni networks to aide students. However, it needs some more diversity. Further, though the classes are time-consuming and thoughtful, they are not difficult.
4.58 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

PROS- great integration across topics in the core curriculum - famous, important professors who are doing the main research in their respective fields - can't beat living in NYC and the opportunities that affords - name recognition of Columbia CONS- Core curriculum is extremely taxing, leaves no time for work (which a lot of people in a professional degree program might like) - not the greatest neighborhood
3.5 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The program provide ample opportunity to increase your academic preparations for further doctoral or professional studies like medical or dental schools.
3.58 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

It is certainly invaluable to have a graduate degree from Columbia University. The network that you build will serve your career very well. New York City isn't too shabby either. However, I am quite disappointed as to the quantity versus the quality of work. I feel overwhelmed with busy work whereas my impression of a masters degree was that of carefully and thoughtfully reflecting on a subject and taking the time to produce good work.
83% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
Disclaimer: GraduatePrograms.com makes student reviews available via this site. The views expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the views of GraduatePrograms.com. GraduatePrograms.com takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content. For additional information, refer to our Review Guidelines.

This website offers school details to prospective students as an informational resource. The appearance of a school listing on this website should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the school of this site. With the exception of the recommend rate percentage (which is the average based student-submitted ratings to our site), all of the data is sourced either from the National Center for Education Statistics or from an official representative of the school. NCES data is updated annually to reflect the most current available data, and student review information is updated in real time. For additional information, refer to our School Data Methodology.
This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.