Artnet.com has an interesting article about how students in Columbia University School of the Arts’ visual arts MFA program are demanding a tuition refund for this academic year over a slew of complaints that include crumbling ceilings and absent faculty. The article, linked above, appears to have some well-documented complaints against Columbia but does not include the university’s side of the story.
Please consider this one more reason to carefully research any programs you are considering and not to rely too much on rankings. (This program, like so many others at Columbia, is generally ranked very highly. Although, perhaps not for much longer if these issues are found to be legitimate and are not promptly fixed.)