Columbia University in the City of New York Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.