CUNY Graduate School and University Center Graduate Program Reviews

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85%
of students recommend
(3.93 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 55 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Programmatic Accreditation: APA, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 6,954 (1,795 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 26% part-time, 74% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,373 in-state; $21,313 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2008

Good place to do research here.Professors are very nice. Super place for research both in MA and Phd, Great scholars' gathering place
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2018

Being the daughter of two immigrant parents, education has always been my number one priority. Attending CUNY was the best decisions I made. CUNY has not only allowed me to grow as a person but as a journalist, a Mexican-American journalist ready to go to work! CUNY and the Journalism Department has such a diversity, it's my home away from home. I'm so thankful for my professors, my classmates, and the university that wants to see their students succeed.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2018

In my opinion, the greatest benefits of studying at The Graduate Center are: affordable tuition (especially when compared to the astronomical costs of more prestigious universities); professors take mentorship very seriously; and last but not least, being part of the City University of New York system of campuses dispersed throughout The Big Apple, one has the luxury of taking classes at other colleges (the trick is finding the best professors). My experience in graduate school has made me realize that education is what you make of it. This is to say that you don't need to be going to a big name school to get a quality education. By virtue of being in NYC, you will have access to a plethora of opportunities that will enrich your academic experience. You just have to make the effort to seek those opportunities out.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2018

The CUNY Graduate Center is an excellent place to receive a world class education. Professors are world-class and invested of the success of their students. Campus is all one building, so getting from class to class is easy. The library is fantastic
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2016

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is a great institution and I am happy I made to the choice to attend. In just one semester, I have learned so much and have built a solid network. The workload sometimes feels like a lot to handle but I feel like the professors are preparing us for the real world of journalism, which will also be challenging.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2018

The Graduate Center's Philosophy program is first rate. Faculty interests are diverse. There is someone working in almost every field of philosophy. Moreover, all the faculty members I have interacted with have been very helpful. The GC's consortial agreement with other doctoral programs in the NYC area allow one to take classes at NYU, Princeton, The New School, Rutguers, Columbia, Fordham and SUNY Stony Brook. The philosophical community both within the GC and in the larger NY area is quite enriching. Funding is good. That said, the GC is solely a graduate school set apart from the other CUNY 4-year schools thus there is not as much of a campus-type community as one might find other places. Although, the GC being set apart attracts top faculty because they only teach graduate courses.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2018

The Graduate School is at the heart of NYC right next to the Empire State Building. I am PhD philosophy student and am able to take classes at various other institutions in NYC such as NYU and Columbia. The faculty at The Graduate Center draw from all CUNY institutions and so there is a wide variety of researchers to work with. Graduate students here also start teaching at affiliate CUNY colleges starting in their second year, which helps them to gain pedagogical experience. Being an educational institution in such a large city has its upsides and its drawbacks. Sometimes the community at The Graduate Center feels less close-knit than other schools even though everyone is generally very kind. It is easy to become anonymous or lost in the shuffle if one doesn't proactively work to maintain relationships with other students and faculty.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

Little to no diversity Great faculty Terrible bureaucratic issues
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2020

The Urban Ed program uses a cohort model and is a very small department. However, access to professors in the 24 different campuses is possible and very common as well as collaboration with the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium of NYC.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

The CUNY Graduate Center program provides a high emphasis in the resources of academia. Although the workload may be a challenge, it is a rewarding experience for those who seek to gain an enriched education experience while pursuing a graduate degree. Although there is not much financial aid assistance provided for Masters' students, there are a lot of other resources that this school provides (i.e. career fairs, resume workshops, etc.). The campus is very small, but its in an ideal location if people seek to explore the heart of NYC.
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