This fall, the Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) welcomes a new class of 453 M.S. students from all over the world. The majority (84%) are enrolled in our two-year full-time program. The remainder are in our Advanced Standing, Extended and Reduced Residency programs.

The average age of Two-Year and Advanced Standing Program students is mid-20s; of Extended and Reduced Residency Program students, mid-thirties. The majority of students in the new class (90%) are female. Most are American citizens; international students make up around 15 percent of the incoming class, of which the largest contingent – 40 students in total – hails from China. 
 
The new class shows considerable diversity. Just over a third are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or of multiple race/ethnicity.
 
Half of the new students who are U.S. citizens are from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. After the tristate area, California, Florida, Illinois and Virginia have significant representations.
 
Members of the 2012 entering class earned their undergraduate degrees from a variety of educational institutions both within the United States and around the world – from New York University and Barnard College, to the University of Michigan and the University of California, to universities in Israel, Jordan and Kenya.
 
The Columbia University School of Social Work would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to each and every one of our new students. We hope you enjoy your orientation and are looking forward to a challenging new life of social work studies and field work.

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