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MS Bridge Info Session - December - Shared screen with speaker view
Holly Pease
31:46
I’m queuing up my question now, but please answer when it is convenient. In browsing prior recordings about the bridge program, I have not been able to determine whether the program could be done via remote learning (even as the university is open). Is this available? Thank you.
Tony Dear
32:22
Outside of Covid, most of our courses are not typically offered with remote options.
Michael Gurevich
32:50
How much is the tuition for the bridge program?
Sara McDonnell
33:56
If we start the bridge program in Fall ’21, rather than summer, does that impact the timing for folding into the regular MS program?
Aleena Kabir
34:38
When is the application deadline for the Fall 21 bridge program?
Sid Nair
34:50
Hi, I am an OPT student, how will this effect my visa status?
Karen John
35:28
When will applications be reviewed and admission decisions be made? Will it only be after the priority deadline?
Sophie Sheng
35:33
Is it possible to apply to two programs at Columbia at the same time? I am also interested in a program at Columbia GSAPP
Lawrence Lai (lcl2152)
35:41
Hey @Holly, we have been taking classes remotely since this summer. Remote vs. in-person depends on the course/professor. All the classes that I have taken so far since this summer are remote. :)
EDGAR
35:57
How does financial aid work? Are there scholarships available? New to this, so pardon if this question sounds weird.
Aleena Kabir
36:17
Are there scholarships/grants for students from low income families?
Holly Pease
36:26
@Lawrence. Thank you
Sid Nair
37:40
Is there a preference between Professional/Academic LOR?
Michael Gurevich
38:21
Can you study programs outside of cs?
Sonam Sherpa
41:39
I haven't been in school in a while and currently working full time. Can this program (bridge and masters) be done on part-time basis?
Lesly Palacio
41:41
Must the bridge courses be completed before admission?
Nalin Vattigunta
41:43
What is the maximum number of courses you can take per semester?
Sophie Sheng
42:02
What abilities and experience are most valued in admission?
Solomon Chang
42:49
If the FAQ it says if students do not submit GRE scores this cycle they will not be penalized in the graduate admissions review process. If a GRE score is submitted, how heavily would the score be weighted as part of the graduate admissions review process?
Lawrence Lai (lcl2152)
44:47
@Sonam - it really depends on your workload and how much flexibility you have from your employer. I do have to say that the course work is pretty rigorous so plan accordingly ;). I decided to leave my job and go full time because I wanted to get the most out of the program as a full time student :)
EDGAR
44:52
Is there an average undergrad gpa that the program usually expects?
Soofie Motamedi
44:54
I noticed that there are other versions of the intro courses offered at Columbia (courses that are not taught in java or honors/advanced courses). Would these classes fulfill the bridge requirement?
Lawrence Lai (lcl2152)
45:25
@Lesly - Bridge courses must be completed before moving onto the MS program
Nalin Vattigunta
45:28
Can you talk about the main difference between graduate and undergraduate CS coursework?
Michael Gurevich
45:52
Can I just try 3 credits from the bridge program?
Tony Dear
46:22
@Soofie we occasionally accept course substitutes but we wouldn't recommend you to take alternative courses without consulting us first.
Tony Dear
46:36
@Nalin: MS coursework is naturally more rigorous and more specialized.
Michael Gurevich
47:01
How many calculus classes must I take?
Michael Gurevich
47:15
Calculus I II and III?
Michael Maurice Lanzano
47:39
There's an honors course in data structures that looks good if you're feeling strong
Tony Dear
47:54
Yes the honors data structures would be fine.
Michael Gurevich
47:57
take
Soofie Motamedi
48:46
I’ve taken both an intro and data structures course at my undergraduate university, but due to some difference in material/language of instruction, I’m planning on retaking one or both of the classes. Is this something I should mention on my application. If so, where would be an appropriate place to mention this?
Soofie Motamedi
49:30
Thank you!
Michael Gurevich
49:48
Does coursera count
Michael Gurevich
50:04
If I take a online or do a project
Michael Gurevich
50:17
If I do a project on my own does it count?
Atilio Barreda
50:18
I’m curious about current student’s previous backgrounds
Sara McDonnell
52:03
Have any of the current students have worked part time during the bridge program?
Michael Maurice Lanzano
52:18
I work all day every day
Solomon Chang
52:42
Are Bridge students eligible to be teaching assistants, participate in research, or be resident advisors? Thanks again for taking these questions.
Sara McDonnell
53:01
Also, about how many students are in the program in total?
Michael Maurice Lanzano
53:36
This class has 20 students I think
Sophie Sheng
53:58
You mentioned a threshold, is there a general class size that the admissions have in mind?
Alicia Bracco
53:59
How common is it for students to have no background at all in computer science? Do those students tend to struggle a lot more?
Randolph Rivo
54:01
there's 25 students for this cohort, with expectation of the same
Dana Rocha
55:16
I have a non-CS Bachelors and a non-CS MS, how much weight will be given to the BS vs. MS in the application process?
Atilio Barreda
55:42
What where Michael’s careers
Tony Dear
56:12
@Dana we will likely look at both, perhaps weighting more recent records a bit higher
Michael Maurice Lanzano
56:14
Fixed Income trading and real estate development
Atilio Barreda
56:25
Thanks!
Michael Gurevich
59:51
I have to go bye
Chan, Josephine
59:54
To Lawrence: Hi thanks for your time! I’m wondering whether you had any background in CS already (aside from your consulting career) and what you plan to study after the bridge program? I wonder if the track you choose is heavily math-based? Thank you.
Chan, Josephine
01:00:58
I also have a background in accounting and finance
EDGAR
01:02:20
Any tips for these kinds of loan for us who don’t have experience with loans?
EDGAR
01:02:25
Thank you in advance.
Neel Kachalia
01:04:07
Are class sizes integrated with undergraduate students or is there a specific cohort of classes for bridge/MS students only?
Atilio Barreda
01:04:19
Are there any students in the bridge program who studied the Humanities in undergrad?
matthew duran (md3420)
01:04:26
@Neel yes there are!
Katie George
01:04:38
Can bridge applicants receive financial aid? Should I send my FAFSA to Columbia?
matthew duran (md3420)
01:04:48
everything is integrated, there is no separate sections. we are all receiving the same education
Neel Kachalia
01:05:03
@Matthew: Yes as in they are integrated with undergraduates?
matthew duran (md3420)
01:05:55
the bridge program courses are, as for grad courses there are probably going to be some undergrads as well.
matthew duran (md3420)
01:06:15
until you get to the really tail end of the program
Neel Kachalia
01:06:19
Thank you!
Soofie Motamedi
01:07:06
For any students that want to respond: I find that studying for CS in groups is extremely helpful and was wondering if you’ve been able to interact with other students online despite not taking classes on campus.
Sophie Sheng
01:07:07
What does the acceptance rate look like?
Alicia Bracco
01:07:11
I came to the session late, so apologies if I missed this information, but is the bridge program essentially the equivalent of a sped-up undergrad degree in CS?
lgardiner
01:07:16
Can students from SPS take bridge programs as electives?
Michael Gurevich
01:07:34
How would you be able to find work in a downturn economy?
Michael Gurevich
01:08:14
Javascript is the main language
Michael Gurevich
01:08:18
Right?
Ivy Elkins
01:08:33
@Michael most of our students that have been looking for work have been able to find opportunities. CS talent is needed in every industry!
Michael Gurevich
01:08:57
Web design is there too
Michael Gurevich
01:08:58
?
Ivy Elkins
01:09:01
as well as hopefully by the time you would be graduating then the economy will be on the up and up
Michael Gurevich
01:09:06
Like web development?
Kamel Gazzaz
01:11:16
@Nana et al. what are your career plans?
Austin
01:11:33
thank you, all!
Michael Gurevich
01:12:33
I want to build advanced computers with new paradigms based on things that go beyond even quantum computing standards
Michael Gurevich
01:13:45
lol
Solomon Chang
01:13:50
How competitive vs collaborative has the student environment been ?
Michael Gurevich
01:14:11
I very unrealistic
Michael Maurice Lanzano
01:14:57
I've found it to be a supportive envirnment
matthew duran (md3420)
01:15:18
couldn’t agree more @michael
Solomon Chang
01:15:23
awesome, thank you!
Michael Gurevich
01:15:55
lol
Michael Gurevich
01:16:08
Im joking
Nalin Vattigunta
01:17:54
During non covid times, is the MS component usually in person?
Randolph Rivo
01:18:39
@Nalin, yes generally this is an in-person program
Randolph Rivo
01:18:43
both the bridge and the MS
Aleena Kabir
01:19:06
Thank you all so much!
Soofie Motamedi
01:19:08
Thank you!
Sara McDonnell
01:19:09
Thanks everyone!!
Sonam Sherpa
01:19:13
Thank you for the informative session. Have a nice day! :)
Nalin Vattigunta
01:19:15
Thank you
EDGAR
01:19:26
Thank you! Great information look forward to applying!
kthak
01:19:33
Thank you all for your time today!
Ivy Elkins
01:19:35
Great job!!!!!
Lawrence Lai (lcl2152)
01:19:49
Good luck everyone! :D
Dana Rocha
01:19:51
Thank you!!!
Shirley Jiang
01:19:53
Thank you!
Sophie Sheng
01:19:55
Thank you!
Katie George
01:19:57
Thanks!
Kamel Gazzaz
01:20:00
Thanks guys!
Sid Nair
01:20:01
thank you for your time!
Eli M (they/them)
01:20:07
Thanks all for your time!