Accepted Columbia ETP applicants (and current students: some advice). get-together? - page 5

:welcome: Hi everyone! I thought it might be a good idea to get our own separate thread for those accepted to Columbia ETP! Sure we have a lot to discuss! I would also like to invite current... Read More

  1. by   fluffhead
    Hard to tell you specifics on grades and cramming and learning - it's so individual. I'm a 37 year old English major (this is relevant only when you think of the adage about old dogs and new tricks ) and I have about a 3.3 GPA right now...I graduated Cal with highest honors and a double major in Rhetoric, so I'm not thrilled with my GPA, but it's not really my goal to be in the honors society. You have to be honest with yourself. I was scared to death of all the
    ology
    courses, but I'm doing fine and you will too. Worse case scenario is academic probation, and you get a warning to bring your grades up.

    The living thing has been addressed elsewhere - but I will say that dorm housing is the best deal on the block - if not that, look up Adele in the housing office, she tries to send listings in the neighborhood and place people in student friendly situations. Craigslist can be fruitful, but exhausting. Some students are happily paying $1200 in Washington Heights for a spacious one bedroom, others are paying $1300 each for a two bedroom share in a "nicer" neighborhood. There are deals, there are scams...does that help?
  2. by   cozzy66
    Do most ETP-ers live on or around campus or do you have any commuters? I'll prob be living on the UES around Cornell/NY Hospital (70th and York) either in Cornell housing or something around there... does Adele deal with anything in that area? Also, since Columbia is partners with Cornell/NY Hospital, I'm hoping I can get some Columbia housing in the Cornell area... any ideas about that?
    Also, do any of you know about the shuttle bus situation? I know that there's some bus that runs from NY Hospital to Columbia every hour? Has anyone used it?
  3. by   ndnutmeg
    Hey Cozzy...I live in that area of the upper east side (high 70s and York). It's not the posh setting of the park/5th ave area but it's very comfortable and way more affordable than most places in manhattan before you hit harlem. One downside--far from the 77th/lex subway. we originally wanted to live in midtown or murray hill/gramercy but we didn't want to---or couldn't--spend $2100 a month on rent. if you do move to ues and live near 79th st, you can take a crosstown bus to the west side and take the subway up to columbia, and the commute is apparently not that difficult. we looked at harlem/morningside heights because you can get some VERY nice apartments for less but the commute was too long for my husband, who has to work much longer hours than me....but if anyone still needs an apartment it's not a bad place to look.
  4. by   meagain716
    Quote from fluffhead
    Some students are happily paying $1200 in Washington Heights for a spacious one bedroom, others are paying $1300 each for a two bedroom share in a "nicer" neighborhood. There are deals, there are scams...does that help?

    Yeah, that scares me. My roommate and I currently pay $910 for a very spacious 2BR in an upscale neighborhood, walking distance from 3 beautiful lakes. From what I've seen online, I'm quite nervous about how much a reasonable apartment will cost.
  5. by   HYPEractiveTTU
    Quote from cozzy66
    Do most ETP-ers live on or around campus or do you have any commuters? I'll prob be living on the UES around Cornell/NY Hospital (70th and York) either in Cornell housing or something around there... does Adele deal with anything in that area? Also, since Columbia is partners with Cornell/NY Hospital, I'm hoping I can get some Columbia housing in the Cornell area... any ideas about that?
    Also, do any of you know about the shuttle bus situation? I know that there's some bus that runs from NY Hospital to Columbia every hour? Has anyone used it?
    The housing is for New York Presbyterian employees, so we aren't eligible for that. The shuttle is free and leaves on the hour. The students who had rotations at Cornell frequently used that since it was free.

    Housing in NY is expensive. But there are a lot of flyers posted around with people looking for roomates, some are reasonable (for NY). The best bet to look for off campus housing is to go through the housing office.
  6. by   Kevn2bNP
    Finally!!!!!

    I got my letter today (Feb. 9), but the wait was worth it. Two Ivy acceptances in one week!

    It's a great feeling!
  7. by   cozzy66
    Thanks for the info HYPEractiveTTU and ndnutmeg. I knew about the shuttle bus between Cornell and Columbia, just wanted some feedback on it - sounds like that'll be the plan.
    I'm guessing that taking a crosstown bus would be a major pain from York or 1st all the way to Broadway or CPW - they just don't work in the city, I think it's faster to walk, unless of course there is a dedicated bus lane... Otherwise, I believe those buses travel at approx 4/mph - there was an article a few months ago in the papers.. :roll
  8. by   chickpea25
    This is probably off topic, here, but since I'm choosing between Yale and Columbia, I'd like to know if anyone else is in the same boat? I'm leaning toward Yale because I had such a great experience there when I went to interview. I hope I have similar experience at Columbia when a I attend visitation day! I felt overwhelmed by the hospitality of the students (med students and nursing students, actually, since I met students from both schools) when I attended the interview day at Yale..it was great!

    I talked to a lot of the Yale students and they really emphasized how much you need a car to get to clinical placements which may be all over the state, especially during the specialty years. I imagine that's not the case at Columbia, where you're pretty much a subway ride away from any sort of clinical site (Assuming clinical sites are limited to NYC?). For me, having to buy a car would be a considerable expense and a hassle when it comes to parking in New Haven. I don't want this to sway my decision too much, but I wonder what people think about this situation? As for safety, most of the top schools are located in an less than safe area --Johns Hopkins, Yale, Columbia, even the area around UIC is not totally safe, so it's really not an issue for me. Rather, it comes with living in a city and realizing that as a health care worker, you can't escape this reality if you plan to practice in an urban area.

    Lastly, I haven't cleared up the financial aid situation yet. How does one prepare a fafsa for schools that are structured differently? How do I fill a fafsa out knowing that I might go to a school which considers me a fifth year undergraduate to start and yet also a masters applicant should I get into direct entry programs that have no bachelor's portion? It looks like I'll simply have to pick one school and fill out the fafsa accordingly.

    Those who are attending the visitation day at Columbia...anyone interested in meeting up afterward to hang out and discuss everything?!
  9. by   Kurlyz26
    Hi Chickpea!

    Ok! I am in the same exact boat!!!! I don't know how to make a decision. I had a great experience when I went to Yale for my interview, but yes...the car is quite an expense. I don't know how I would be able to manage that one. And as for the Financial Aid...I am sure we will not get an award letter by the time we have to decide! It's so hard because if we want to apply for housing, we have to hurry up or they will all be taken.


    Does anyone have any pros and cons about these programs? Anyone know the rankings for each program? (I haven't been able to find that.) Any information, opinions, comments would be helpful.

    I am def going to the Visiting day and it would be great to meet up! What speciality are you?
  10. by   BeaconStreet
    The last time US News ranked nursing schools was in 2003, so discount these accordingly. At that time, Yale was #10 and Columbia was #19, although only number rank was between them due to multiple ties at each rank. There were also rankings in some specialties. I only remember that both were tied at #5 in adult (WH was not ranked). If you are curious, look in the college guide section at your library. It's something like US News Best Grad Schools 2003 or 2004.

    Really, I think the major decision is New York or not New York.

    A few other differences: Yale's GEPN class is about half as large as Columbia's (80-ish vs 150-ish). At Columbia you can switch your specialty after the first year, and you get a BS, although only at the end of the program. For most of us Columbia/New York will be more expensive. There's also the difference in start date.

    I haven't found many other concrete differences. Anyone else have thoughts?
  11. by   Kevn2bNP
    I agree with you BeaconStreet on the differences.

    I'm on a dual adult/gerontology track and felt that, while Yale has a great program, I would be arranging some of my clinical experiences in the gerontology portion, so Columbia appears stronger for me in that regard.

    I do think it boils down to curriculum strengths for each specialty and New York vs. New Haven.

    Good luck to everyone in their decisions!
  12. by   Kurlyz26
    I agree with the fact that class sizes are really different. That does make a difference for me. Not only does it mean that Yale is more selective but that there will be more personal attention.

    Also, I feel like the cirriculm is more thorough at Yale. What does anyone else think about this?

    But as for ranking,I'm in pediatrics. I can't find the ranking for Peds, but I did find it for Family...Yale is higher...4th if I remember correctly. Does anyone else know any information about peds for both programs...or either?

    I'm also worried about opportunities to go abroad for community outreach. During my interview, it was stressed that not everyone may be able to go abroad. Is this the same for Columbia?

    Thanks guys!!
  13. by   meagain716
    FYI: I just heard back from Oscar, the Finaid guy, and he said that my Financial Aid offer will be mailed to me on Friday. Don't know if that's true for everyone or just me since I bugged him about it.

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