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 578 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

3.5 out of 5.0
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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
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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
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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.
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