Columbia vs. SUNY Stoneybrook - Does name matter? - page 2

Hello! I'm a second-degree student, finishing up the pre-req's and looking into schools. I am SHOCKED at the wide range of tuitions. Columbia is over 30k a year, SUNY-Stoneybrook is only 8K a... Read More

  1. by   MeggieMeg
    Hi-

    Noticed that you are currently completing your pre-reqs- I am just about to start my pre-reqs this summer for a nursing program in Georgia. BUT- I also am considering applying to SUNY Stoneybrook. Could you tell me what the pre-reqs are required for their program? I want to make sure I cover any that may differ between the 2 schools.. Thanks so much!
  2. by   Mission
    I'm starting the acclerated program at Columbia in 22 days! I picked Columbia because I wanted to stay in the city and since it's the shortest program it actually works about better financially then say, Hunter. Also, Columbia is pretty generous as far as financial aid goes. As to the name making a difference, it probably depends on where you want to work and what you want to do. In speaking with the hiring manager at the place I'd like to work when I graduate he said it does make a difference, but that might not be true at other places. I've also heard that Columbia and NYU give preference to hiring their own graduates. I think most of the state schools in NY have good programs/reputations, though I would stay away from BMCC, I'm finishing up my pre-reqs there and I have yet to meet one person in the current program who isn't miserable...I think they're having budget issues.
  3. by   bruinlaura
    Most nurses I know have told me that it really doesn't matter where you get your degree (referring to a bsn or adn) as long as you are licensed.
    I think that reputation will help if you are planning on going the direct entry route. My observations of topics in this forum indicate that many nursess do not give direct entry graduates as much credibility as those who take the traditional route. A prestigious school might help in the hiring process if that isn't a minority opinion.

    btw, I am starting columbia etp in 3 weeks and I think the $ will be worth it!
  4. by   nyforlove
    I believe that US News & World Report publishes rankings of Nursing Schools--does anyone know the top schools in the NYC area? What about Pace's reputation? They also have an accelerated program that is fairly expensive.....
    Quote from talldollNYC
    Hello!

    I'm a second-degree student, finishing up the pre-req's and looking into schools. I am SHOCKED at the wide range of tuitions. Columbia is over 30k a year, SUNY-Stoneybrook is only 8K a year. What's up with that?

    Do you find that the name/reputation of the school from which you graduated has had any impact in finding a job?

    Any advice on what to look for in a program?

    Thank you!

    Talldoll
  5. by   mercyteapot
    Some schools have such huge endowments that with the aid they're able to offer students, it is more cost efficient to go there than to a state college. I would imagine Columbia might fall into that category. I'd at least apply for financial aid and see what you're offered before choosing (although I know that SUNY has a great reputation, too.)
  6. by   jillnurse2b
    hey im in the Decker School of Nursing at SUNY Binghamton. I just finished my second year so next year i start the nursing classes. I would say go to the state school for your undergrad then columbia for your masters. If you have any questions about Binghamton just let me know!!
    -jill

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