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CS@CU MS Bridge 2021 Admissions Info Session - Shared screen with speaker view
Baredu Morka
08:42
yes
Alexander Sergiwa
11:28
Hey nice to meet you Rivo!
Natasha Gallagher
27:58
In a non-covid world - are classes in person or online?
Tony Dear
28:31
The bridge courses would typically be in person
Sharon Shuai Yang
28:42
I studied Economics at my undergraduate. Now I've taken the intermediate programming, data structures, and discrete mathematics at a community college. Should I apply for this Bridge program or the regular MS program?
P
28:55
What is the acceptance rate of this program/range of GPAs for acceptance applicants?
Tony Dear
29:36
Applicants who have taken the majority of the bridge program may want to consider applying to the regular MS instead, as you may be considered "overqualified" for the Bridge program.
Tairan QI
30:18
Thanks for your information! I am curious about how many courses that we can wave for the brdige program, do I have the chance to waive three courses if I have a little technical background?
Tony Dear
30:19
I don't believe we have compiled acceptance statistics just yet, but I believe we can look into getting some of those released this fall
Tony Dear
30:56
Our current policy is to waive up to two courses, and if you have more than that you can take a similar CS courses to substitute for additional waivers
P
31:47
How heavily is the GRE weighed in comparison to other factors like GPA
Rushabh Shah
32:12
Is there a preference for academic letters of rec vs. professional?
Thomas Richards
32:55
With a lot of schools choosing to make the GRE optional for this admissions cycle due to COVID-19, will we still need to take the GRE?
Michael Ahern
32:59
Is there rolling admissions or does it not matter when you apply as long as you apply by March?
Thomas Richards
33:24
Not a problem, just wanted to make sure that I schedule the test with enough time to spare
1
33:25
Do you not sponsor F-1 visa for this program?
Priscilla Giang
34:05
Is there student housing available during the duration of the part-time portion of the program?
Thomas Richards
34:28
With the recommended course load (1/2 load), how much time should we expect to devote to our studies each week?
kiuwong
34:30
does getting into the bridge program guarantee entry into the M.S. program if you do well?
Max David Gupta
34:38
Is the bridge program favorable in acceptance to Columbia undergraduates (IE graduating seniors) with related BA degrees and career interests?
Chris White
34:49
Is this program the right fit for students with technical undergrads seeking to move into data monetization strategy/technical project manager roles? Currently working in investment banking
Boning
34:56
Hi, I am working under OPT, could I apply to Bridge?
Xiao
35:33
Hi, Following to the question of the courses already been taken, is the courses such as programming, data structure from any MOOC platform such as Coursera will take into account?
rachellim
35:53
How big is the Bridge cohort each year?
Natasha Gallagher
36:01
If you have an electrical engineering bachelors but it was a long time ago - would you recommend applying for the bridge program
Josh Mazen
36:03
What is the contingency plan in the event of a COVID resurgence next summer? Will classes simply be fully online?
P
36:16
I am currently taking a bridge course at NYU Tandon. It is a single, extended non-credit program. However, I really would like to apply to Columbia. How will this experience be viewed by the admin committe?I am fully ready to take any courses in the Columbia program which I have already exposed to in my NYU bridge studies
Sharon
37:14
where I can find tuition information about this bridge program?
John
37:29
Do you review applications before March 1 or do you wait for everything to come in before March1? Wondering if it’s worth it to submit the application earlier to be reviewed earlier
Jill Matusiak
37:31
Do Coursera/edX courses count toward meeting bridge courses?
Tairan QI
37:33
How about the TOEFL exam? Are there some chances for me to waive TOEFL exam,? My case is basically that I can't take TOEFL exam in my own country due to the virus but I will grauduate from a collge which exams and lectures are conduced in English there
Sean Ng Pack
37:40
Are there any TA positions available to bridge/MS students?
P
38:05
Does a 3.19 GPA take me out of the running for admission to the bridge program?
Akif Saifi
38:40
is this a good fit for someone who attended a coding bootcamp and wants to get a better cs foundation?
alexwuqizhang
38:44
Will there be an info session for the MS program? Doesn’t seem to be one listed on the CS@CU events webpage as of now
Alexander Sergiwa
39:28
Hi, I am an US Army officer transitioning this month and want to use my GI Bill. Unfortunately Columbia University is a private school and thus is not full covered by the GI Bill or the Yellow Ribbon scholarship program. Does Columbia and the Engineering department have any scholarship opportunities filling this funding gap?
Josh Mazen
40:03
What kinds of internship and post-graduate opportunities does Columbia connect students with? Does Columbia leverage connections with companies in the city as well as in other places around the US?
Xiao
40:05
Since the Bridge is a part-time program, is the classes mostly will take in the workday evening?
Sannidhi P Kumar
40:12
With many schools allowing students accepted for fall 2020 programs to defer admission to fall 2021, is Columbia doing the same? If so, how would this impact admissions for fall'21?
Michael Ahern
40:35
For working students are most/all of the lectures recorded and available for download or viewing later?
Mauricio
40:57
Is there any restriction for current graduate students at other schools at Columbia?
Jill Matusiak
41:35
When you apply do you specify your concentration/can you change once exposed to curriculum or it is set?
Michael Ahern
42:12
Can you give a "ballpark" estimate on the GPAs?
P
42:43
Sorry I just wanted to follow up on my above question in case you didn’t see it: I am currently taking a bridge course at NYU Tandon. It is a single, extended non-credit program. However, I really would like to apply to Columbia. How will this experience be viewed by the admin committe?I am fully ready to take any courses in the Columbia program which I have already exposed to in my NYU bridge studies
Connor Guerrero
43:19
Is there a minimum amount of work experience needed for admission?
Thomas Richards
44:32
For Dr. Dear: how much interaction will students have with the instructors and teaching assistants? Will there be virtual office hours? Also, what tools are used for collaboration and doing your homework?
P
47:21
What kind of faculty recommendations should we get if we did not take a CS course in college?
Tony Dear
48:27
Thomas: In general it is what the students make of it. Faculty and TAs typically hold office hours weekly, and it is up to students to make use of them. During COVID most if not all classes have been holding virtual office hours instead. Some examples of popular tools are Canvas, Piazza, and Gradescope.
Alexander Sergiwa
48:57
Does a previous professional masters degree (specifically an MBA) help strengthen the admission application and if so, in what way?
Sarah Tahir
48:59
are MS students allowed to supplement their learning with non-STEM courses offered by Columbia?
Tairan QI
49:02
If I have taken several courses via the platform of MOOCs, can I waive the bridge courses with those courses taken online?
Baredu Morka
49:07
What does a strong applicant look like?
Sharon
49:16
how many points taken from bridge program can be counted toward the 30 points requirement of MS program?
Sharon
50:10
is the regular Graduate tuition rate applied to this Bridge program?
Alexander Sergiwa
50:11
yes, thank you
Baredu Morka
50:15
What type of students are is this program looking for?
P
50:56
How many applicants do you get a yer?
P
51:00
Per cycle*
Kathryn
51:22
If I’ve taken most of the bridge courses with the exception of 2, am I eligible to be admitted?
Jill Matusiak
51:37
You said interviews are optional. Is that typically for a weaker applicant or a stronger applicant
alexwuqizhang
51:43
1. You mentioned that there are 8 MS tracks. When you apply to the MS program, do you apply for the specific track you’re interested in or do you apply for the program as a whole.
alexwuqizhang
51:57
2. Are there limits to how many students can be in each of the 8 tracks?
John
52:05
How many people are admitted every year?
Akif Saifi
52:33
can you change concentrations part way through the ms?
NG
52:48
I think you answered this but wanted clarification - I understand that the bridge portion may have classes during the day - For the masters portion - is most of the coursework during the day as well or are there options online through (CVN)?
P
53:36
Is there a higher chance of being admitted if we apply early (i.e. in October)
Xiao
55:30
Following up with Tony just mentioned for overqualified for Bridge, if I apply to MS but the school thought I am not qualified, is there possible school will transfer me into the Bridge? Thanks!
Sharon
55:57
is the regular Graduate tuition rate applied to this Bridge program?
Alexander Sergiwa
56:10
Is the estimate 2.5 year timeline posted on your website assuming a part time bridge program (1.5 years) that turns into a full time masters program (1 year)?
alexwuqizhang
56:10
Will you guys be handing out application fee waivers for info session attendees? :)
Tairan QI
56:28
Sorry professor, I think I did't catch up with your previous points clearly, the requirement of entering into the normal MS prgram is that we have to complete those 5 required coureses with the minimum gpa 3.3 right?
Tony Dear
57:38
Tairan: Yes
Alexander Sergiwa
57:52
Thanks
Kathryn
57:58
If you do push an application to the MS admissions team, will the MS program only accept applicant who have completed a BS in Comp Sci
Kathryn
58:01
?
rachellim
58:05
How many students in the last cohort of Bridge/MS program were international students?
Kathryn
58:07
*applicants
Thomas Richards
58:09
For Dr. Dear: A very specific question. I plan on eventually pursuing Ph.D research at Columbia but need the CS fundamentals first. Would the preferred track be Bridge + M.S. + apply to Ph.D program?
Rushabh Shah
58:22
Is there optionality to do a full time course load during the bridge section?
John
58:33
Can the whole program be done in a year if someone takes it full time and are 110% dedicated to it?
Boning
58:59
Could I apply to the Bridge program and MS program at the same time?
Xiao
59:23
Sorry Tony, I think my question is asking in the other way, if I apply to MS but not qualified, is there possible transfer me to Bridge instead just Rej. Thank you so much!
Tony Dear
01:00:25
Xiao: Yes, we've also considered transfers from MS to bridge as well
Kathryn
01:00:32
Follow-up on “Push-to-MS” question: My degree is in Mid-East Studies and I’ve taken several comp sci courses. Would I then be in a mid-state of being over qualified for the bridge, but under-qualified for the MS program?
Xiao
01:00:45
Thank you!
Kathryn
01:01:21
Got it.
Connor Guerrero
01:01:39
When do summer classes start?
Baredu Morka
01:01:58
When will acceptance letter be sent out?
John
01:03:05
Sorry if I missed this but Can the whole program be done in a year if someone takes it full time and are 110% dedicated to it?
Baredu Morka
01:03:16
Thank you for the info session!
Tony Dear
01:03:24
John: For the bridge portion, theoretically yes
Sean Ng Pack
01:03:32
Not sure if this can be answered, but is the general teaching philosophy of CS classes @ Columbia more practical or theory focused?
Sarah Tahir
01:03:46
Thank you!
Josh Mazen
01:03:48
Thank you all so much for doing this, it was extremely helpful!
Priscilla Giang
01:03:50
Thank you!!
Alexander Sergiwa
01:03:53
You stated that your interest in a candidate that is looking to commit to a career in computing. Would that include starting a technology business or product management utilizing these skills?
John
01:04:14
Thank you Dr. Dear!
Thomas Richards
01:04:16
Thank you very much for the informative session
Thomas Richards
01:04:17
:)
Sean Ng Pack
01:04:21
Thank you!
John
01:05:06
Thank you both for answering our questions! very helpful
Alexander Sergiwa
01:05:18
Thanks everyone!
Sharon
01:05:20
Are most employers recruiting our students are in New York?
Xiao
01:05:23
Thank you!
cindylieu
01:05:26
Thank you!
Jim Doran
01:05:31
Thanks!
NG
01:05:32
Thank you!! This was extremely helpful
Alyssa Chipelo
01:05:39
Thanks!
Kathryn
01:06:42
Can the program be done remotely?
James
01:06:53
Who can we email for further questions?
Baredu Morka
01:06:57
One last question: do students who get hired get hired in jobs that are mainly entry level?
P
01:07:33
The avg GPA is noted as 3.7 on the bridge site but I heard on the zoom call that the stats have yet to be compiled?
Alexander Sergiwa
01:07:57
Is it safe to assume the program can adapt to teach remotely if the university shuts down due to another covid spike?
Alexander Sergiwa
01:08:51
Thanks!
Kathryn
01:08:59
Thanks!
Boning
01:09:14
Thanks!
jianqiong zhan
01:09:37
Thank you
Alyssa Chipelo
01:09:40
How can you get on the prospective applicant list?
John
01:09:42
Thank you!!
Alexander Sergiwa
01:09:49
bye!
Alyssa Chipelo
01:09:50
Thanks!