Quote from dg05
(4) The most important -- can I hack it? Is Columbia the type of place that lets everyone in and weeds out the people who can't keep up or are the professors generally there to help people who need it? Anyone have the stats on people who have failed out of the first year? I have a BA and an MA but my experience in the sciences is very limited.
Hello Columbia folks and congrats to you on being admitted!
I did not apply there and intend on staying in Cali. However, I did read quite a few threads about Columbia--the cost and the admissions rates. I just want to make the disclaimer that I am not familiar with Columbia and am only going by what I have read on allnurses, which I understand is based on opinions.
Is it true that they admit half of their applicants to their direct entry program?
If so, then dg05, I think you have some very valid concerns! Any school that admits a large percentage of their applicants means that they are not looking for particular qualities in their applicants, and that class sizes may be too large. How can those 2 things not affect the quality of education and faculty commitment?
You also are afraid that the school may be "weeding" out students. If that is true of a graduate level program, then I think that is a huge red flag. When you work hard to get into a graduate/professional program you should expect the most out of it.
At over $1000 per unit, these are very important things to consider. I hope that Columbia students can attest otherwise, because if the above is true, it does not sound like the best education, or enivironment, for one of the most important decisions in your professional life.
I am applying to a private direct entry program that is expensive as well (about 800/unit). However, the faculty is highly selective, the class sizes are small, it is a supportive environment, and the faculty are committed to your success. .... with that said, I am still worried about the cost. ...
I hope the above statements about Columbia are not true.
Either way, I guess everyone is looking for something different in a program.
Best to all of you in your decision making process!