Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(3.85 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 584 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 11 more
  • 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

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
3.17 out of 5.0
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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
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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
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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.
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