I would like to know too. Is Columbia any good for Computer Science? Do graduates get jobs in traditional tech fields like Google? Also, exactly what jobs do they do in Wall Street (quant, trading, analyst, IB)?
Columbia is good enough for CS that you will be able to get a job at Google. My friend had two interviews for a summer internship at Google. He and another one of my friends will be interning at Amazon this summer. I also know of someone who interviewed at Microsoft.
Even I had a CS interview at a smaller company in the city and I am a computer engineering major.
I know *many* people who've gotten internships at great CS companies. Among my friends, there were 3 interning at google, a couple at microsoft, one at foursquare, and another at amazon. And, by the way, I'm an English major who doesn't know very many comp sci people.
SEAS is not your typical engineering school. It is still overwhelmingly engineering, but you are still attending Columbia, and they try as hard as they can to give you a rounded education. Moreso in the College than in the Engineering school, but still-- they do. For instance, I am majoring in Applied Physics but also minoring in Music, something completely unrelated to engineering.
It is no MIT in terms of hard engineering. If you want that, Columbia is not the place for you. Columbia Engineering IS the place for someone who enjoys engineering, but also enjoys other things.
To give a good idea of internship opportunities, I'm a freshman and I have a paid internship at Bloomberg this summer. When you go to Columbia, a lot of doors open.
I think the question here is: Just because SEAS is an atypical engineering school, does it mean that SEAS doesn't provide students with adequate engineering opportunities in internships and research? I read that a third of Columbia Engineering's graduates go to traditional engineering jobs. So I don't think going to SEAS will cut off any job options in engineering.
Is SEAS in any way inferior to a typical engineering school?