Columbia University in the City of New York Reviews

  • 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
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Sophie Reiser
  • Reviewed: 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."
DNP Psychstudent
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 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!"
CU Review
  • Reviewed: 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."
Jaclyn Willner
  • Reviewed: 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."
Emma Mercedes
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 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."
Tabatha Smith
  • Reviewed: 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."
Lester Lambert
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2015
  • Degree: Nutrition
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"Good school, but little help with obtaining employment for graduates"
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2015
  • Degree: Philosophy
  • Graduation Year: 2005
"Columbia is a wonderful place to get the best of both a college experience and the experience of living in New York City. There are good reasons beside the prestige of the school that it's so hard to get into."
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2015
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I had a great experience. Most professors and courses are fantastic. The clubs and events including study trips abroad are really exceptional. The career management center was not very helpful for international students seeking opportunities in the US."
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2015
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"I found Columbia challenging, but I loved it. Going to college in New York provided an invaluable set of experiences, academic and otherwise. Columbia also has a strong history of students committed to social justice, and I met a lot of incredible, passionate, brilliant people there."
Liza Reynolds
  • Reviewed: 5/25/2015
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Columbia Business School provided the ideal combination of academic rigor, career guidance, and community support that I had hoped for in my MBA experience. I have nothing but glowing things to say about the school, professors, administrators, students and alumni and am honored and humbled to be a part of this amazing network of business leaders."
Vanessa Rojas
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2005
"I can't say enough good things about Columbia. Regardless of what happens in life, to have had the privilege to have gone to one of the most prestigious schools in the world is something that no one can ever take away from you. The professors are world renown, the campus is gorgeous, the food is amazing, and nothing compares to living in New York City."
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2015
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"CBS offers students with exceptional resources that are unparalleled in many aspects. The location in the City of New York means unlimited opportunities not only for career but also in terms of pursuing personal interests and enjoying unique experience for international students. Other advantages including strong global network, amazing faculty, flexible curriculum, and first-class career service. It really transformed my life and career!"
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2015
  • Degree: Architecture
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"I believe New York is THE PLACE to study Urban Design, and Columbia GSAPP Urban Design program does great justice to that. It's an excellent 1-year program which hosts a good academic environment with great faculties, diverse background of students, the greatest library facilities and so many more! In our studio sessions, many guest critics used to come, and we got to know many people outside the school which we really appreciate. Columbia GSAPP, I believe, is a great place for networking with professionals and to learn in a competitive environment."
Edgar Ortega
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2015
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"My experience at the Executive MBA program at Columbia was superb. I joined thinking I needed a career change but I did not know what to do. After being exposed to great professors and classes, network with many classmates, I was able to decide my next career path. The CBS community is invaluable and I feel extremely happy to be part of it."
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2015
  • Degree: Agriculture
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"Columbia Business School (CBS) students can best be described as follows (and of course, this is a generalization): "smart, but not arrogant; scrappy-- and not so straight-laced." CBS has all of the same benefits as any top business school: an amazing alumni network, beautiful facilities, world-class faculty, tons of recruitment/professional opportunities and experiences, smart classmates, great conferences/ visiting business leader speeches and programs, etc.-- but the main observation that I must point out is the depth and diversity of the student body. Before applying to business schools, I attended a number of alumni panels for different schools and was always greeted by a rainbow coalition of alums who were from different backgrounds, races and industries. Columbia stood out from the crowd because the alumni actually sounded very distinct from one another and were truly passionate about their ideas, which were not always in agreement with the other person (vs. some other schools that had alums who were more articulate, but ultimately seemed to hold the same mindset while appearing in separate bodies-- seriously). This observation struck me early on and stayed with me throughout my time at business school. In addition to the fact that it happens to be located in NY (an advantage the admissions office belabors in its marketing materials), CBS has a population that is passionate, ambitious and still very community-oriented. A boisterous group of Peer Advisors greets new students when they enter the school and a tight bond forms among each class. During the first year, everyone takes a core set of classes before taking on different elective courses to round out their formal education here. Whether pursuing a career in finance, management consulting, social enterprise, marketing or anything else, there was a place everyone at CBS and I honestly cannot recall another time where I have been surrounded by more talented and passionate individuals and where debate and new ideas were welcomed/encouraged as openly. The only drawbacks I can say about CBS are ones that can be found at any MBA program: some of your classmates will be resume-padders who overpromise and underdeliver, some professors are better than others, and not everyone gets their dream offer from their perfect company. But the experience of being at CBS was definitely worth it for me and I encourage prospective students, who are looking for a dynamic and inspiring 2 years, to seriously consider looking down this path. * One thing I must also point out to anyone considering pursuing an MBA at any school is that it is *not* a guarantee for a super-high salary or any type of professional advancement; it is a training ground where you will gain the tools to do great things in the world-- and it will be up to you to do the work to put those tools to use. Good luck in your future endeavors!"