Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(3.73 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 45 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: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2013

Columbia University is a top university with a lot of brilliant minds and resources all in one city. However, there can be a lack of community.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2010

My school prepared me for a career in public health. It was not geared toward part-time students.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2009

Good University. Received a solid foundational public health education. Good student organization. Great events and speakers. Wish I received more classes in research methods.
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2018

Mailman is a great place to get your MPH. The faculty members are great! They are usually willing to help student find research or work opportunities. I have received a lot of help with career development. In addition, in class I have learned valuable skills which I can apply in a real-world setting.
3.67 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: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017

The Mailman School of Public Health has numerous faculty that are recognized nationally and internationally in an array of fields such as global health and human rights. The opportunity to work along side and learn from these faculty members is quite amazing. I truly believe that this program offers a great core program that really delves into numerous aspects of public health (the six studios) and provides a core foundation for everyone in the program. My department is Population and Family Health and the program is set up to provide tangible skills that students can apply outside of the classroom. I found myself challenged academically and it has definitely been a rewarding experience thus far. Mailman has established relationships with many organizations where students have the opportunity to do fieldwork domestically or globally. I highly recommend this program to those who are really interested in public health and looking to build upon skill sets that can cut across other fields outside of public health.
3.29 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2018

Columbia University is one of the top schools for any field! It is known around the world and it is in the beautiful NYC. Unfortunately, you do not get a lot of funds for graduate school unless you hit 80th percentile or had a 8.75 GPA. Hopefully I get a super amazing job which will help me pay for these loans.
3.75 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.
3.39 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.
3.79 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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