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    Undergrad in Australia thinking about masters program at Columbia

    Hi there, just joined the forum, looks good !

    I'm in the second year of an undergraduate urban planning degree in Western Australia. My goal is to do the masters program at Columbia.

    The problem is when I started my degree I was fresh out of high school and not really sure about what I wanted to do so my marks weren't great, I expect to graduate at the end of 2014 with a GPA of 3.0-3.5

    Is this too low for the Columbia program? what if you're displaying an upward trajectory with your marks and have being doing good research ?

    Also I am already aware about how expensive Columbia is and that they don't assist international students but that's not something I want to worry about at this early stage.

    Any thoughts/comments appreciated, cheers.

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    I will ask the question that really should be asked... why Columbia? Is it because you want NYC? Is there a professor you want to work with? Why come here in the first place? I think that a 3.5 will be competitive, but understanding why you would want to make the trip (knowing the cost/value of Columbia) is probably important. If you write a great personal statement, that always helps as well.

    Good luck.
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    Yes I definitely want to head to NYC but also I have heard that the Columbia program takes a more theoretical approach, which is something that definitely appeals to me.

    Being in Australia I don't know a heap about the various ins and outs of the programs in the states, or much about the admissions process in terms of GPA / research / work experience.

    What is the rough acceptance rate into Columbia for the planning program?

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    Quote Originally posted by wagon View post
    Yes I definitely want to head to NYC but also I have heard that the Columbia program takes a more theoretical approach, which is something that definitely appeals to me.

    Being in Australia I don't know a heap about the various ins and outs of the programs in the states, or much about the admissions process in terms of GPA / research / work experience.

    What is the rough acceptance rate into Columbia for the planning program?
    My question would be: why are you subjecting your poor parents to this huge debt burden? You can get theory just about anywhere you go.
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