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 22,284 graduate students. Of the 131 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, Mathematics and Statistics, and Social Work. 20% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.
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Columbia University Graduate Reviews
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!
I really enjoy the quality of the academic environment, as both the professors and my peers are experts in their fields. It's incredible to learn from academics that invented well-known international relations theories, with commentary from a range of young and mid-level professional classmates who bring insight from various countries and sectors. The buildings could be better and the food options within the buildings could be better, but at least there's (overpriced) vending machines.
Your experience at Columbia really does depend on your program (I am in a climate change program in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences). It is a great school that pushes you to, and beyond, your limits but there are many administrative flaws which make it difficult to focus on your studies alone. Especially simple things such as registration for the new semester and the online platform courseworks should be improved.