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

4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Being in NYC affords lots of opportunities to network with other schools, there are constantly events and lectures to go to. Cons: It's expensive to live in NYC, faculty are available but you have be motivated to seek them out.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2017

CUNY is a great place for a philosophy Ph.D. Positives: You are in NYC, one of the best and most exciting cities in the world--where there is always something going on. The faculty is top notch, and one can always take classes and work with students and professors from other universities in the city. Negatives: The funding *was* not as good, but now it's much better for in-coming students. Same goes for workload. Students had to teach much more, now they only have to teach one class a semester.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2016

This is a great program: the professors are excellent and well-organized. Not everyone is always available and helpful though. The main downside of this program is that not every student gets adequate financial aid to afford living in NYC. Also, students are required to teach one or more classes/semester.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: The pros to my graduate program is that it is accommodating to working professionals, it is cost effective, and its course work is rigorous and innovating. The academic environment is encouraging and engaging and I enjoy being a part of it. Cons: The Cuny School of Professional Studies is based in New York City, and the cost of living on and off campus is extremely high, which is why I had to rate the affordable living section with 1 star. Most working people are living paycheck to paycheck. With sky rocketing cost of living due to supply and demand finding affordable housing is almost impossible.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Great program. Academic rigor is very good considering that my program was probably not very selective in admissions and students come from broad spectrum of educational backgrounds. Some great professors and a couple awful ones. Excellent value for the cost. Really warm, kind place with interesting and interested students.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

The graduate center programs are good, but the campus you end up on can be lacking in several significant areas. For example, the campus I work at lacks trustworthy wifi. I conducted research that was dependent on an online program for data collection and the wifi connection was choppy and often failed. We ended up losing data and had to plug the study computer into the wall.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

The faculty are very open-minded and are all about the bigger picture. No topic is taboo and everyone from the students to the faculty are respectful of each other's opinion. You will find many older learners in this program which in some way is great because they can bring more knowledge and history as well as perspective to the table. Great place to learn!
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

I am able to take a diversity of courses tailored to my needs and my interests which is great. However, the selection is somewhat limited. Although I've enjoyed most of my classes thus far, some have felt like a waste of time on my part, like I was repeating a course I had taken and the discussions were far too theoretical for my liking. Otherwise, it's a gorgeous building, amazing Midtown NYC location, great social life, easily accessible and some of the professors are REAL gems, unfortunately, very few have Graduate Center appointments which is super disappointing as I was looking for a Thesis Advisor.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2016

The Graduate Center is a much better option now that they have raised their funding packages/financial aid. Housing/Affordable housing and Social Life are the biggest weaknesses. The faculty are stellar, just make sure that the program is a good fit for what you want to do, and who want to work with.
2.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2016

Location is fantastic, but don't expect support from either the school or profs.
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