Well it looks like I'm going to have my pick of schools...
Don't know where the bad rap is coming from on Columbia; I've always had fondness for the school, and they seem to be offering a decent financial aid package.... but it seems like a lot of the talk about the school on the board here is just hearsay
NYU and Hunter both seem to have popular programs, and are much more affordable — even before any financial package.
Any suggestion one way or the other? I'm heavily intereseted in architecture, and so I think Columbia is well suited to that (Hunter and NYU seem more policy-oriented). Plus, I think I will be signing up for their intro to arch summer program.
In the long term though, I want to eventually get a degree in arch as well, and so i'm trying to consider my finances long-term (I'm not sure about swinging 5 years of tuition at columbia between 2 programs over 10 years). perhaps I should take Hunter's offer on the cheap now, and down the road go for the arch program with a slightly heftier price tag at columbia?