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Columbia is a private graduate school in Manhattan, New York in the New York City Area. It has a large graduate student body with an enrollment of 22,861 graduate students. Of the 132 graduate programs offered at Columbia University, 14 are offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at Columbia University are Business, Social Work, and Mathematics and Statistics. 19% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
22,861
Part-Time Grad Students
4,455
Research Assistants
972
Teaching Assistants
1,847
Racial Diversity
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    41.2%
  • White
    30%
  • Asian
    10.5%
  • Unknown
    6%
  • Hispanic
    5.9%
  • African American
    4.4%
  • Multiracial
    1.6%
  • Native American
    0.1%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.1%

Student Life

Poll
What one word or phrase best describes students at your school?
Based on 17 responses
  • Driven
    59%
  • Down-to-earth
    12%
  • Friendly
    6%
  • Intellectual
    24%
Poll
What phrase best describes your program?
Based on 17 responses
  • Competitive and intense
    65%
  • Great brand name
    24%
  • Supportive/helped me grow
    12%

Professors

Poll
94%
of students agree that professors care about their students' success.17 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that professors are engaging and easy to understand.17 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that professors helped connect them to future opportunities.17 responses

Return On Investment

Poll
How much did you spend on your graduate degree?
Based on 17 responses
  • $100K+
    53%
  • $75K-$100K
    35%
  • $50K-$75K
    12%
Poll
How much did you make post-graduation?
Based on 17 responses
  • $150K+
    6%
  • $125K-$150K
    6%
  • $75K-$100K
    6%
  • $50-$75K
    6%
  • Did not graduate yet
    76%
82%
of students feel the degree they are getting at this school is worth the time and money.17 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Nightlife
    A+
Median Household Income
$75,676
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,675
National
$949
Median Home Value
$923,581
National
$184,700
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Columbia University Reviews

69 reviews
Fantastic program at a great school! The administration is wonderful, and you feel completely supported every step of the way. Going back to school is a HUGE decision, but they have smoothed much of the road.
Classes are challenging and designed to make you think critically about the topics and events being discussed. Profs definitely expect a certain level of discourse, and readings are not optional, but you learn so much!
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I chose to go to Columbia, and I am overall happy with my decision. At the end of the day, the reason you go to any university depends very much on what you want. So I'll try to cover all the bases! These are reason why I and people I know chose to go to Columbia, and some reasons I didn't think of at the time.The best reason to attend Columbia University is the diverse amount of literature and resources that a student gains access to. I believe that if there was one thing I regretted, it was not being able to finish reading all of it!
Classes are definitely challenging but rewarding. If you put in the work and manage your time well, you'll succeed. Professors are generally very invested in your success and are passionate about what they teach or do research in. Some of them have worked in the industry before so can give realistic advice about life after school. There are many research/work opportunities on campus. Almost everyone I know has worked part-time during their time either on-campus or off-campus. Tuition is steep but I know some people who received great merit scholarships. In general, I feel that I am surrounded by driven, intelligent, friendly students and feel that I am growing personally and intellectually.