Columbia University in the City of New York Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
If you want a career in international affairs or public policy, SIPA is the place to be. As an NYC resident, you will have just about unlimited access to the world's top players in international affairs. The network you will gain alone will be worth the tuition! SIPA is like a mini-UN, so you will make friends from every corner of the globe. Be aware, though - like most of NYC, you have to be ready to advocate for yourself and your education at SIPA. There is no hand-holding or coddling. It's like they say: "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere."