Columbia University in the City of New York

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Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars 7 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Columbia University in the City of New York

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Overall

Please do not waste your money on this program. They are very pretentious with no real substance to back this up. They rely on reputation to keep roping students in.

Academics

The program size is too large and they are unable to accommodate the size with adequate placements. The information is out of date and repetitive. The administration is horrific and unresponsive. They lose paperwork and can ultimately cost you a position.

College Life

N/A. Located in a terrible area. Facilities are outdated. The computers and technology rarely work and it can often be difficult to find a spot to study in the library.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2008

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

During my time at Columbia, I had so many amazing experiences, mainly due to the vibrant nature of the city, the rigorous clinical schedule, limitless access to cultural events, and meeting new people. Columbia and NYC as a whole were the major draws for me.

Academics

I completed the Entry to Practice Program at the School of Nursing which got me a bachelor's and master's in nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) in 2 years and 8 months. It was a lot to pack into a short period of time. The first year was incredibly tough and exhausting because in a sense, it's as if you're professors are teaching you a new language and asking you to perform your work in a foreign language. But once the fundamentals of nursing were understood and accomplished (RN) and I moved onto my specialty curriculum for pediatrics for the master's portion (NP), it was definitely more gratifying.

College Life

Since the School of Nursing and my housing were located at the Medical Campus in Washington Heights, it took much more effort to go downtown, compared to students attending the main campus. Not too many people were satisfied with what Washington Heights could offer in terms of nightlife. A wine bar, a pub, and a very small handful of restaurants were all you had to choose from when I was living there. It is an interesting neighborhood with a huge Dominican population. The Cloisters just north of campus are a must see. But if you really wanted to see NYC, then the A train is just a block away from your door. Regarding safety, I never felt unsafe in any part of NYC. There are areas in San Francisco that I would never go through, but NYC was clean and safe for the most part. Special bonus: My husband and I were amazed at the generous size of our Junior 1 bedroom apartment in the Towers. The views from our bedroom window looked out onto the beautiful GW bridge and Hudson River and we had the luxury of a doorman for all of our packages. Gym and pool in the basement.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

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Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Overall

Before you read this, you need to know 3 things: The day I got into Columbia's nursing program was one of the best in my life, and as much as I wish it weren't true, I have nothing good to say about the program. Finally, this is my experience alone, I have good friends from the program who feel differently about their time there. My dad went to Columbia Medical, and my mom got her nursing degree there as well. They met, and actually got married, on campus. They both loved every minute of their time in their respective programs at Columbia, and in Manhattan. I grew up hearing stories about how good the school was, how much fun they had...So when I got in, you can imagine how happy and excited I was. I absolutley should have gone to look at the campus before I accepted entry (and took out huge loans); that probably woyuld have saved me from making one big, very expensive mistake. If you're thinking of undertaking this mounmental endeavor, you have to go and make sure you can handle the physical environment, which really does impact the program. You're there roughly 40 hours a week, and it was not an enjoyable place to be. You also need to find out as much as you can about the professors who will be teaching you. Mine ranged from great to clueless, which is simply not acceptable at a very expensive Ivy league school which claims to be one of the best nursing prgrams in the world. Go check it out for yourself; do NOT do as I did, and assume that Columbia's School of Nursing must be as good as it's reputation!

Academics

I applied for the geriatric/palliative care NP track. Shortly after school started, I found out that the Palliative care sub-specialty wasn't being offered, and that the Geriatric prgram ahd no lead professor... I wasn't too worried because I was so focused on the incredible amount of work it was going to take me to get my BSN in the next 12 months. And work I did. Columbia's accelerated BSN program was the single most grueling thing I've done in my life... up to 22 units stuffed into one "semester" which was approx. 10 weeks long. 8-10 hours of class per day, along with two 8-hour days in the hospital for clinical experience. It was madness, and not in a good way. I have a lot of friends from the program who learned quite a bit that year, but I was treading water. The program is designed for people who are "second-career nurses," meaning they've worked in a non-health care field, and have earned non-nursing degree at some point. I was a graphic designer with a BA in Sociology... so cramming basic Pharmacology course (normally 16 weeks?) into 8 weeks was not a good plan, for me at least. I still don't understand the logic of trying to teach people with little or no health care knowledge very hard material in very short periods of time. But all of the courses were this short and intense, so it was sink or swim! The classes were big (50-150 people) and were held in uncomfortable, stuffy rooms or large, out-of-date auditoriums. Some of the professors were were very good, with decades of experince and wisdow. And some had literally no clinical experince. My pathophysiology professor announced to the class that her "clinical experience is limited to watching episodes of ER." While I appreciated her honesty, I was furious that I was paying upwards of $60k to be taught nursing science by someone with such a limited scope of knowledge. Similarly, by the time I took my "childbirthing families" course, I had catheterized more patients (as a student nurse) than my professor, who was a Nurse Practitioner but had never worked as such. Again, really annoyed that Columbia was employing professors with very little "real-world" nursing knowledge. By the end of my first year, there was still no head prof. for the Geriatric NP track, and no Palliative care courses planned for the next year...even though there was at least one professor on staff who was apparently a world-famous Palliative care specialist.... go figure. The heads of quite a few other specilaities had dissapeared as well, leaving a lot of my classmates to wonder who was going to steer them through the next 2 years. At that point however, I had already gotten my plane ticket back to California. I ran from Columbia University as fast and as eagerly as I had run to it... $85K poorer and one BSN richer. I have never recommended this program to anyone, and I never will. I hope the school has gotten it's act together, for the sake of everyone who goes there with the high hopes that I had.

College Life

The medical/nursing campus is located in Washington Heights, a neighborhood which is colorful and diverse at best, and run-down and crime-ridden at worst. I always felt safe walking around, but therethe school was constantly warning us about muggings, shootings, and cars being broken into. The nursing "campus" consists of old, ugly buildings in a 4 block area filled with very few restaurants and cafes, and lots of empty storefronts. There were a couple of decent places to eat "on-campus" and that included the coffee carts. The area may have gottten a bit better (apparently they remodeled the medical library), but again, you really need to check it out for yourself. You spend a lot of time there, and it was a depressing and dreary place in 2006. I chose to live "on-campus" in Bard Hall , and ended up paying $800 a month for what I swear must've once been a janitor's closet. A long, narrow room with an old linoleum floor and a small cot.... and lots and lots of noise from the Riverside highway. No a/c, but plenty of glaring sun through windows with no shades! After spending money on a new mattress, window blinds, and a small fridge, I decided to pay a few hundred dollars more per month to live in an actual apt. in a different part of Manhattan.... which I highly advise, unless you really don't care about where/how you live.


Former Student - Last Attended 1996

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

I attended Columbia Business School as part of a summer program and it was a fabulous time in New York City. The curriculum was interesting and challenging. The city is vibrant and full of places, activities and things to explore. If you like the urban lifestyle, you will enjoy attending this school that is intergrated into the heart of the Big Apple/Harlem.

Academics

The Business school classes were well-taught and very professionally orientated. I felt like I was studying material that would be relevant in the real world of finance and business. The libraries and other resources are top-notch and I felt I was in a great place for learning and exploring.

College Life

What I remember most is being bored in my dorm room one night and so I decided to venture out and see what was happening around the campus and when I stepped out of my building, it was like I was tranported to another world where the street are crowded, lit up and full of engery at 12 midnight. I couldn't believe it. So that became my favorites thing to do was explore the surrounding city at night. It was awesome. And Columbia University has the usual organizations, clubs and activities. You will always find something of interested to do.


Former Student - Last Attended 1989

Overall Rating

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
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Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

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