Columbia University in the City of New York Reviews

3.84 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
  • New York (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $59,430
89% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 22 students said they would recommend this school to others
Find an Online Degree:
GradReports is supported by advertising. Schools that compensate us advertise via school search results. This does not influence our college rankings or our content.

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Sophie Reiser - 6/10/2019
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2011
"Attaining an education in the heart of the world - New York City - is as much a study of oneself as it is about the books in Butler Library. It can be very difficult to begin Columbia's mandatory Core curriculum at age 18. The texts are very dense and can be difficult to truly see the value in the education at that stage. The value of the program is regularly touted as "teaching young people how to think critically and articulate unique thoughts and ideas". In the moment though, this value can be very difficult to quantify for a young student. It is not until later, as my young, malleable brain formed into adult one that I truly began seeing the results of that very liberal arts education. I may not remember the exact passages of Homer's Iliad or Dante's Inferno, but my ability to analyze information and articulate analysis has truly set me apart from my peers. At Columbia, I had the opportunity to pursue every career imaginable. However, understanding what career opportunities existed and how I could utilize my education beyond the traditional doctor, lawyer, banker roles was not always easy to identify. The career center would do well to be much more hands-on with students, especially those on financial aid - who may not have the same family resources pushing students in career directions. Without this support, it can be very easy to get lost from a career perspective and not take as full advantage of all of the resources, both domestically and abroad, available to students."
1.8 out of 5 stars
DNP Psychstudent - 4/16/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"There are many programs because of which Columbia university deserves its IVY League status but definitely not DNP psychiatric program. Its a new program where they are constantly experimenting with schedules, classes and clinical sites. Some teachers have not even practiced in New York and are in high level faculty position. Most of the classes are taught as if its an online program in fact even online programs have more structure. The clinical experience is not up to the level as it should be for the amount of tuition paid. The program director changed as well as many other changes. Other non IVY league programs in city teach better & have more access to sites. I learnt this after spending $32K and eventually transferred to non IVY league & got a good quality education. I was a good student with 3.8 GPA when frustrated with disorganization left."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Martin - 5/27/2018
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2020
"I heartily recommend Columbia University. Columbia is a great school, located in Manhattan, and has a lovely campus. It is a sprawling beast of an institution with buildings sprawled across New York City, with the main campus being the Morningside Heights location. Class sizes depend. High demand lectures can have a hundred students of more, while specialized seminars may have as few as 8 students. The curriculum surrounds a basic core of classes that are required, and spreads out from there. I transferred in , and my credits were accepted (save your syllabi for review here if you plan on transferring). The price is high, but the financial-aid is also considerable, and increases each year if your grades stay good. Each department is run differently, of course, and I love mine. The history department is warm and always willing to answer questions, and will do its best to find you courses for your plan of study that fit with your earned credits. I would absolutely recommend this school. The opportunity here is mind-boggling. World leaders, UN delegate, political figures, monsters in their fields of scholarship all speak here. The city is a great place to be a student as well, with all that New York has to offer right on hand. The student body is diverse, with fresh from high school kids, to milvets, and international students, and non-traditional students who went out and lived a little before pursing an education. The classes therefore are full of a wide variety of points of view that enhance the discussions of topics. Columbia is a great school, and I am happy that I came!"
4.2 out of 5 stars
CU Review - 3/17/2018
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2016
"Columbia University is a challenging institution to graduate from, but making it through to the end is testimony that you have become well equipped to push through any situation, industry, or challenge in life. The university is known for its stellar and renowned professors who are exceptional in their field, but I oftentimes found that this did not always translate well to how students are taught in the classroom. Much of students' learning will fall onto the student to do that work to get through the material and attain the desired level of understanding. In this regard, it's sometimes difficult to understand the price of the degree from an Ivy League Institution like this one. But the university has a well known reputation and committed alumni who are dedicated to supporting students' endeavors across the different generations. The university invests in career building, professional development, and networking opportunities, so there is no limit to use the school and take advantage of all it has to offer."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jaclyn Willner - 3/28/2017
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2014
"My favorite part of Columbias education was by far was the Core Curriculum. While I appreciated the foundation that it provided me in literature, philosophy, art, music, and world cultures, I particularly loved that I could engage students across majors and alumni alike in conversations about certain texts, artists, and musicians that were a shared part of our unique academic paths. My classes were largely challenging and intellectually stimulating, and although there was a lot of work, I didnt find it to be overwhelming. By the time I graduated, I could easily trace my improvement and development across my college years (especially in writing) and was proud of how much I had been pushed to grow. I found a majority of my teachers to be brilliant, engaging, and happily available for interesting discussions during office hours. Columbia also made it easy for me to schedule my classes around my internship and part time job. (Only a handful of classes are scheduled on Fridays, for example, and theyre easy to avoid.) Stress culture, however, is a real presence on campus, so building a network (by finding extracurricular activities and friend groups that are enjoyable and supportive) is crucial."
2.2 out of 5 stars
Emma Mercedes - 3/20/2017
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2011
"I felt like a number, classes were huge and I didn't feel like any of the professors cared about me as a student but rather selling their latest text book. The worst experience was career advising during my undergraduate experience and as an alumni. I would hope that this issue is addressed for future students."
3.8 out of 5 stars
f.forbes - 3/15/2017
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2017
"Great school with a lot of connections and top rate teachers. It is a worthwhile experience but very rigorous in nature.I would think about how committed you are to edcuation and academia before coming here. The architecture course takes up a lot of time and requires serious commitment if you want to do well.I highly recommend this school if you want an education that will change how you view the world."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Tabatha Smith - 2/23/2017
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"As high quality as much of the instruction in the program was, and as academically demanding as it promises to be to the point that medical school is a breeze by all points of comparison (this is according to other graduates), the expense of the program unfortunately does not justify the benefits of completing it. In many ways, I wish I had taken the courses at a public institution, at less of an expense, to achieve comparable results."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Lester Lambert - 2/7/2017
Degree: Pre-Medicine
Graduation Year: 2017
"The pre-medicine curriculum at Columbia University is second to none. The courses are challenging yet fulfilling. Moreover, the Post-Baccalaureate Program in the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University provided me with the freedom and flexibility to enroll in excellent medical school prerequisite courses while participating in various team sports."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Greg - 6/20/2016
Degree: Technology Management
Graduation Year: 2016
"Great program. Lots of experienced mentors and professors with deep industry experience. Practical and invaluable defense training for senior leadership. Global program , so you get to meet and learn from a diverse cohort from different backgrounds and regions and industries."
Was this page helpful?