Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(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, + 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

2.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2011

It's important to remember that many (most?) of the prestigious universities are 'soft-money' institutions, which means that most of the professors are paid primarily via research grants. Thus, while you will often learn from experts in their respective fields, many (most?) are not keen to teach and you will struggle to find one-on-one investment from your teachers. For many students -- myself included -- this works just fine; it is more of a 'sink-or-swim' environment, and you are expected to meet a minimum standard or quality of work at all times. For some disciplines, this works very well (i.e. research) but for others it may fail. Though it is entirely up to the student to gage his/her learning style and select a school accordingly, this is one very important thing to keep in mind, and it is unfortunately something many student's fail to realize until it is a bit too late.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2018

I have really enjoyed the warmth, love, energy and support of Columbia's faculty, administration as well as the students that make it such a great school. Being in New York also enables students to constantly be in contact with professionals from Wall Street, the UN as well as other high-profile companies, organizations and individuals. Another highlight of Columbia as well as my program is the way in which lessons are taught theoretically as well as practically with a view to bring students out of the classroom and experience the world. I have enjoyed every bit of my Columbia experience so far. I do hope that you will too!
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2018

Columbia's writing faculty cannot be matched. You have access to professionals on both the authorial and editorial side, all of whom are there to ensure that you succeed in meeting your own expectations, as well as point you in directions you might have not seen coming. Our strengths are not always clear to us, and I have found this to be the most exciting aspect: to have those strengths made clear to me. The graduate fiction program is large by comparison to others across the nation, which I have found to be rewarding, rather than stifling (an early concern). Why limit yourself to a number of future readers and friends? The enthusiasm and drive that I am surrounded by is inspiring; it motivates me to not only meet my expectations but to continuously reevaluate themto aim higher. The tuition might be intimidating, but as the saying goes, "You get what you pay for." Not only that, Columbia has an excellent financial-aid team that will walk you through the steps of making the necessary payments. In short, I have no regrets. I love this school.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sports Management
Graduation Year: 2018

The Columbia University Sports Management graduate program is ranked #2 globally. The program is current with trends in the sports industry today and the professors are all very accomplished in their respective fields. The program is challenging but manageable and pushes students to look at things from different vantage points. I would certainly recommend this program to anyone looking to pursue a career in the sports industry.
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2011

Columbia University School of Public Health gave me some practical tools and theoretical knowledge. I do wish there were more opportunites to learn research skills and approach health intervention more intersectionally
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2013

Very good. Not the greatest but it was good
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2013

Is a great university with a great level of study
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

A fantastic school with highly regarded and engaging professors and a highly motivated student body and excels in business.
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2012

Columbia University is a great school with great resources in the middle of NYC. You gain exposure to so many awesome experiences and culture with wonderful people and teachers who know what they teach.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2018

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs is an amazing school. You have access to distinguished professors, top-notch professional networking, and a global student population. I couldn' t be happier with my choice to attend this school! The only drawback is that it is quite expensive and does not offer much financial assistant (fellowships for grad students are few) even when compared to other Ivy League public policy schools, so that's definitely something to consider when deciding on grad programs. Other than that, I love it!
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