Columbia University in the City of New York Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (19)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good school, but little help with obtaining employment for graduates
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.
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.