Hi, I applied this year to five schools in geographic tandem with my SO, and ended up only accepted to Columbia. So, my options are Columbia or reapplying next year. However, I've been hearing quite a bit of murmuring about the reputation of the program and it's level of quality but nothing incredibly specific. I am able to go financially but obviously I don't want to go to a program that won't actually prepare me to plan. So, before I make a decision I was hoping to hear a more thorough opinion of the program's strength and weaknesses. I'll also be going to the open house next week.
What specifically is lacking in the program?
Do current/past students feel like they were prepared when they entered the job market?
Do current/past students feel like their was adequate opportunities and encouragement for professional development through internships, projects with actual firms or government agencies?
Were the professors able to convey both a strong theoretical and practical ability?
Future students: what tipped the scales in favor or Columbia for you?
I am most interested in a career with municipal/regional government or private industry/ consultation thus I am hoping to get a strong technical background but also a sense of the different aspects and potential of planning. I am specifically interested in tying development to transportation infrastructure through smart growth/complete streets, etc. and would be interested on a take of Columbia's program in respect to those areas as well. Thanks!