PROGRAM PROFILE

Program Rankings — Astronomy, Columbia University in the City of New York


Program Rankings

Survey Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on 2 measures of quality. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 33 Astrophysics and Astronomy programs


Range of Rankings
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5-21

Regression Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Quality ranking (regression-based) out of 33 Astrophysics and Astronomy programs


Range of Rankings
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17-31

GRE Scores
Source: NRC, 2003-2005

Average Quantitative GRE
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747

Financial Support and Tuition

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Source: IPEDS, 2009

All Students

FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$35,396
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$1,604
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$1,116

Application Fee

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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION FEE
$90

Living Expenses
Source: IPEDS, 2009

On Campus

ON-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$10,228
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$1,450

Off Campus

OFF-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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NA
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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NA

Type of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Types

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
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36%
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
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57%
FELLOWSHIP
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7%
TRAINEESHIP
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0%

First Year Support
Source: NRC, 2005

Data for full-time doctoral students in the fall of 2005


First year students with full financial support
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PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED FULL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
100%

Sources of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Federal Support

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
0%
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
0%
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (EXCEPT NIH)
0%
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
25%
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
0%
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
18%
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
0%
OTHER FEDERAL SOURCES
4%

Non-Federal Support

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
39%
FOREIGN SOURCES
0%
OTHER US SOURCES
14%
SELF SUPPORT
0%

Tuition Remission
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Tuition paid by 2000–2004 Astronomy doctorate recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York


Median tuition remission

83%

Amount of Tuition Remission Granted

NO TUITION REMISSION
17%*
LESS THAN 1/3 OF TUITION
0%*
1/3 TO 2/3 OF TUITION
0%
MORE THAN 2/3 OF TUITION
83%

Graduate School Debt
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Debt for 2000–2004 Astronomy doctorate recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York


Median graduate school debt
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$0

Outcomes for Recent Graduates

Degree Completion
Source: NRC, 2010

Time to Degree

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Median years required to complete a doctorate (full-time and part-time students)

6.0

Completion Rates

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Fraction of students completing a doctorate in 6 years

59%

Employment Outcomes
Source: NRC, 2006 & SED, 2000–2004

Quality Assurance

Program collects outcome data about all of its graduates

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA ABOUT ALL OF ITS GRADUATES
NO

Employment Stats at Graduation

Job / contract / definite commitment
88%
Negotiating with specific organizations
0%*
Still seeking
0%
Other
0%*

Type of Job

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Postdoc
100%
Educational institution (nonpostdoctoral position)
0%*
Private sector
0%*
Government
0%*

Job Location

(For non-US citizens on temporary visas with a definite commitment at graduation)

In the United States
100%
Outside the United States
0%

Student Resources

Student Resources
Source: NRC, 2006

Overall Resources

NUMBER OF RESOURCES OFFERED (OUT OF 18)
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16

Health Insurance

STUDENTS RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE
YES

Structured Oversight

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA
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YES
ANNUAL STUDENT REVIEWS
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YES

Available Training

TEACHING SKILLS
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YES
PROPOSAL WRITING
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YES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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YES
WRITING
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NO
STATISTICS
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NO
RESEARCH ETHICS
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YES

Administrative Support

ORIENTATION
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YES
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
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YES
TEACHING / RESEARCH PRIZES
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YES
ON-CAMPUS CONFERENCES
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YES
TRAVEL SUPPORT
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YES
STUDENT WORK SPACE
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION SUPPORT
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION STAFF
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YES
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
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YES
DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE
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YES
PROGRAM COORDINATOR MEETING
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YES

Research Activity

Research Activity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Research activity ranking out of 33 Astrophysics and Astronomy programs


Range of Rankings
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5-21

Research Activity
Source: NRC, 2006

Publications

PUBLICATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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4.5
CITATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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4.0

Grants

PERCENTAGE OF FACULTY WITH GRANTS
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100%

Awards

AWARDS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.3

Demographics

Diversity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on a measure of overall diversity. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 33 Astrophysics and Astronomy programs


Range of Rankings
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2-11

Faculty Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Percent Female
FEMALE
17%

Percent Minority
MINORITY
0%

Doctorate Recipient Demographics
Source: GSS, 2007 and NRC, 2006

Sex
MALE
61%
FEMALE
39%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
79%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
21%

Race / Ethnicity
AFRICAN AMERICAN
4%
NATIVE AMERICAN
0%
ASIAN
7%
PACIFIC ISLANDER
0%
WHITE
64%
HISPANIC
4%
UNKNOWN
0%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
100%
PART TIME
0%

Demographics of all Graduate Students at the Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2007

Sex
MALE
48%
FEMALE
52%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
69%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
31%

Race / Ethnicity
BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN
4%
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE
0%
ASIAN
10%
WHITE
37%
HISPANIC / LATINO
4%
UNKNOWN
45%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
83%
PART TIME
17%

Program Size

Faculty
Source: NRC, 2006

Total faculty members
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14
Interdisciplinary faculty
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14%

Total Students
Source: GSS, 2007

Total
28
First year
7

Student-Faculty Ratio
Source: NRC, 2006

Graduate students per faculty member
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1.8

Graduate Degrees
Source: IPEDS, 2005-2009

2005–2009 Astronomy degrees from Columbia University in the City of New York


Master's degrees/year

3.4

Doctoral degrees/year

3.6

Contact Information

Contact Information, Program
Source: NRC, 2010


Contact Information

Contact Information, Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2009


Phone

(212) 854-1754 ext. 1754


Location

116 St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027


*Value is missing. The value shown is based on the average for other programs in the same field. Learn more.

✝ Data are for all Astronomy degree recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York and may include graduates from more than one program.