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 571 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

3.25 out of 5.0
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

living in New York is an experience, but it is more costly than other locations. The school is great at educating you, but doesn't do a great job in exposing you to all the jobs you can do with your degree.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The new Core curriculum has a lot of kinks to work out before next year's incoming class. But it is Columbia. Most people who complain about the workload probably did not work hard in university because this workload is definitely manageable even with a social life. I have done every reading and never skipped classes and I am doing better than most of the individuals who complain. They would not have so much work to do if they kept up with the work and went to classes. Columbia relies too heavily on internet/online class services. I do not enjoy relying on technology as much as Columbia tends to do.
2.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: Anyway, it is an ivy league school and I can earn a ivy degree here. The campus is beautiful and libraries are good. Cons: The cost of attendence is so expensive and it is rising every year. Besides, the surroundings is not safe, high crime rate in Morningside heights.
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