Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.84 out of 5.0)
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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

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3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

Columbia University offers a unique program in applied statistics and research in the social sciences. As a New York City Police Officer, applied training in quantitative methods is both vital and necessary, especially in the age of big data. Aside from the costs of graduate school, there are no cons associated with my program.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

Reputable program with great access to alumni, faculty, leaders in the field (weekly seminars are a highlight/must to attend, and there are documentary screenings that are amazing as well). Career services is top-notch. Have also been generous with financial aid. Cons: expensive city to live in, and course is a little too short (less than a year, maybe 9-10 months).
2.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2917

Yes, it's Columbia. Comes with the name and you will PAY for that. Faculty are largely more interested in research than teaching or supporting their students properly. You'll be hard-pressed to find a class with fewer than 10 students. The bureaucracy is crazy and takes a lot of fight to get through, but it does help sharpen your self-advocacy skills. Networking opportunities are great with the peers you'll meet.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

Great education, but extremely expensive with few options for funding.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

This is an outstanding program with easy access to career resources and distinguished professor whom actually want to help you succeed in class and right after graduation. I am so thankful to be at the School of International and Public Affairs as I pursue a Master of International Affairs. The only downside? Absolutely zilch in scholarship for your first year. It has been financially tough and I am working part time to survive in NYC.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2017

Columbia University is an absolutely wonderful school. It is in New York City which is rather expensive. The program I was enrolled in is small and competitive and therefore difficult at times but I have received a top-notch education.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2018

The MFA in Film Directing and Screenwriting at Columbia University is, for me, the most complete and competitive program in the world. It treats film holistically so students can have a broad spectrum of the industry but has a main concentration on "The story". Different from other programs that concentrate on technique, production or cinematography all students in this program concentrate in the creation of the story as their starting point. I think that this is the reason why Columbia films are so successful around the world and are the most recognized in international festivals, Columbia films are mainly good stories and that is what film is all about, you can't have a good film if the story is empty. The professors we have at Columbia are people who are currently in the industry so that makes their classes even more fulfilling and practical. We are always on top of what is happening in the film industry and we have the best people to confront the changes that are coming for film. This is a hands on program where students film exercises constantly to explore different aspects of film but always concentrating on its narrative structure and logic. We have production workshops that enlighten us with the marvels of special effects, sound design, weapon use, music for film, logistics and planning and practical production. I can say this is a program that immerses their students in all aspects of film making them , breathe, live and dream film!
3.67 out of 5.0
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
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
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

School is fun and novel but you got to make your own way.
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