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

3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

The class sizes are getting larger and larger every year and I'm not sure if the campus can physically handle more students. Administration in general leaves much to be desired but many of the teachers make it all worth it with their enthusiasm and friendliness. Washington Heights does not have much going on so I would suggest living further away and commuting. Campus is easily accessible via an express and local line. The area is generally safe but women will definitely be catcalled and there have been some incidents while I've been a student here. Public safety cars are available though and they'll drive you home if it's dark out and you live within a certain area around campus. Career services has their own website and offers consults and is generally great. I've had some problems with their IT but they recently redid their library so the amenities are much better than before. Tuition is absurdly expensive and financial aid is difficult to come by. The workload the first semester is intense but afterwards it is manageable to have a part-time job and study.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

PROS: - Great faculty - Diverse student population - Wide range of subjects CONS: - Poor career services support (except if you are Latin American) - Expensive
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2017

If you are looking for scholarship in a graduate program, well, good luck.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

School is fun and novel but you got to make your own way.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2018

It's an excellent program, but the costs of living in New York City are extremely steep.
2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

SIPA is a great school but could really use some shaking up, administration seems a bit tired at times.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017

The courses are great, and the faculty really go out of their way to make themselves available. The year that I took the comp exams, they switched some things around... and it was a complete disaster. It really ruin the great experience I had in the program. The chair had to step in and overrule the faculty who were in charge of the exam. Eventually, we all got through it and now we are onto our dissertations. There isn't much of a campus life as it is located at the medical center and not on Columbia's main campus which is further downtown. But you're still in NYC and there is always plenty to do! I love the fellow students in my class and will definitely have life-long connections with them.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017

The Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has a thoughtfully designed curriculum which, though it is not flexible or easily tailored, will leave you with a well balanced and solid foundation in the field of public health. The school is located at the Medical Center, making for less of a typical campus experience than one would get at the downtown main Columbia campus, but it also allows for easy access to medical programs and all faculty interested in health research. The financial aid office is not very supportive, and most students here have substantial debt.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017

Very good program. Very well structured and the professors are very knowledgeable about the subject matter. Good mix of students and well qualified.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2016

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism offers an incomparable journalism education, producing some of the best journalists in the world. They are constantly working to be on the cutting edge of technology, tracking upcoming trends in how the news will be disseminated by the media to the world. Some of the policies in place are suited a bit toward "old media" (newspapers, etc.) rather than current methods of transmitting news, and the broadcast area of tools/technology is limited at times. Regardless, Columbia Journalism School still remains the top graduate school for journalism, hands down.
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