Quote from FutureNurseKris
Congrats on making it into the program! Best of luck in your first semester! I do have some questions:
1. Is it possible to manage a part time job? If so, approximately how many free hours does a student have?
2. Does CU offer many scholarships and/or grants? If not, how did you manage financing the costs?
3. Have you met any applicants with a low undergraduate GPA (i.e., lower than 3.0) in your class? If so, were there any specific highlights in their application that may have pulled them through the screening process?
Thank you for the help in advance!
1. I am not too sure about the competition. I have a good friend who did not get in to Columbia but got into Yale. But, I have also met people in my cohort here who did not get into Yale. I am just using Yale, but in reality in can be any school. I feel like that Columbia cohort is all really tied together by social justice and promoting access to care for underserved individuals. So that seems to be something Columbia looks for.
2. So, far I only can speak about the first semester (which isn't much in the grand scheme of things). Pharm and PA are great. Most profs are knowledgable, organized, and approachable. The summer semester is a lot of large lecture classes (250 people). But it does get small in all the semesters after and you are broken up more. There are tons of group work which makes it easy to meet lots of different people. Out of all the classes we have (10 in the summer lol) most people are only unhappy with one, which I feel like is par for the course in any program. They are slightly disorganized in the summer, but I think it improves, again just par for the course in my opinion.
3. So far, I don't think anything about our classes is extraordinary just because they are at such an introductory level. But I think at Columbia, you get the advantage of being in a large city with lots of Columbia connections.
4. Student Loans. lol . They will have virtual financial aid sessions that will explain all that if you go there. I listened to one before I committed to Columbia, as all the other schools I got into were much cheaper.
5. If you end up attending, just be flexible and open the first semester. It is a huge adjustment, some disorganization, and tons of work, but worth it!
Hope that helps!