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Tuition

$48,016

$48,016

not including room and board

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Extremely Selective

6%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,311
Declined + 31,220
Total Received 33,531
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52%

48%

male

female

1  :  6

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

Not Reported

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School Facts

Columbia University, founded in 1754, is a private, coed institution. Its 36-acre campus is located in New York City.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 6,084
Established in 1754
Coeducational Coeducational College
Accredited by •  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)

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Codes

SAT 2116
ACT 2717

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Private (nonprofit)

6,084

undergraduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
76%
600-699
21%
500-599
3%
700-800
78%
600-699
20%
500-599
2%
700-800
74%
600-699
24%
500-599
2%
30-36
91%
24-29
9%
30-36
84%
24-29
16%
30-36
90%
24-29
10%
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New York, NY

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Fun Facts

  • The Columbia University Marching Band has a habit of busting into the Butler Library reading room before the big Organic Chemistry exam to play as loudly as they can, which studying students may or may not enjoy...
  • Columbia University houses the most filmed lecture hall in America: Havemeyer 309 is featured in movies like Spiderman, Kinsey, Ghostbusters, and Mona Lisa Smile.
  • The modern concept of trivia was created in the 1960s by 2 Columbia University students, who hosted the first intercollegiate quiz bowls, which they called "trivia contests."
  • Columbia University's Baker Field was the site of the nation's first televised sports event, a baseball game between Columbia and Princeton universities, broadcast by NBC in 1939, and is also Manhattan's only football stadium.
  • Until 1985, Columbia University owned the land that Rockefeller Center, a famous New York City landmark, was built on.
  • The iconic lion logo for Goldwyn Pictures, which later became MGM Studios, was inspired by Columbia University's Lion mascot.
  • South Field, a grassy area in the heart of Columbia University's Morningside Heights campus, was once an athletic field where Lou Gehrig played baseball for Columbia.
  • Columbia University alumni founded several major publishing houses, such as Harcourt Brace, Random House, Alfred A. Knopf, and Simon & Schuster.
  • Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Matthew Fox attended Columbia University, but neither studied theater. Gyllenhaal majored in Eastern religion and philosophy and Fox majored in economics.

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New York, NY

36-acre campus in New York City (population: 8,405,837). School operates transportation to Medical Center Campus and Lamont-Doherty Campus.

Columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
94%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
14 fraternities 15% of male students
 
11 sororities 10% of female students

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
76%
600-699
21%
500-599
3%
700-800
78%
600-699
20%
500-599
2%
700-800
74%
600-699
24%
500-599
2%
30-36
91%
24-29
9%
30-36
84%
24-29
16%
30-36
90%
24-29
10%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $80
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required of some
SAT or ACT Required

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Extremely Selective

6%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,311
Declined + 31,220
Total Received 33,531

Admissions Contact

Jessica Marinaccio
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid
P: 212 854-2522
F: 212 854-3393
ugrad-ask@columbia.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $6,346,071
State $1,418,524
Institutional $114,778,759
Other external $2,005,268
Total $124,548,622

Non-need-based

Federal $72,236
State $13,231
Institutional
Other external $404,579
Total $490,046

Varsity Sports

M W
archery
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
fencing
field hockey
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (Division I), Ivy Group (Division I, Football I-AA)
Mascot
Lions
School colors
columbia blue and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Advanced Architectural Design
American Studies
Ancient Studies
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Applied Physics
Archaeology
Architecture
Art History/Archaeology
Art History/Visual Arts
Asian American Studies
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Physics
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Classical Studies
Classics
Colloquium
Comparative Ethnic Studies
Comparative Literature/Society
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science/Mathematics
Contemporary Civilization/Literature Humanities
Creative Writing
Dance
Drama/Theatre Arts
Earth Sciences
Earth/Environmental Engineering
Earth/Environmental Science
East Asian Languages/Cultures
East Asian Studies
Ecology/Evolution/Environmental Biology
Economics
Economics/Mathematics
Economics/Operations Research
Economics/Philosophy
Economics/Political Science
Economics/Statistics
Education
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Management Systems
Engineering Mechanics
English
English/Comparative Literature
Environmental Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Science
Evolutionary Biology/Human Species
Film Studies
Financial Engineering
French
French/Francophone Studies
French/Romance Philology
German Literature/Cultural History
Germanic Languages
Hispanic Studies
History
History/Theory of Architecture
Human Rights
Industrial Engineering
Italian
Italian Cultural Studies
Italian Literature
Jazz Studies
Latin American Studies
Latino Studies
Linguistics
Materials Science/Engineering
Mathematics
Mathematics/Statistics
Mechanical Engineering
Medieval/Renaissance Studies
Middle Eastern/Asian Language/Culture
Modern Greek
Music
Neuroscience/Behavior
Operations Research
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Political Science
Political Science/Statistics
Psychology
Regional Studies/Africa
Regional Studies/East/Central Europe
Regional Studies/Latin America
Religion
Russian
Russian Language/Literature
Russian Regional Studies
Slavic Languages
Slavic Literature/Culture
Sociology
Spanish Language/Literature
Spanish/Portuguese
Statistics
Urban Studies
Visual Art
Women's/Gender Studies
Writing
Yiddish
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Undergraduate

100%

6,084
students

Female
48%
2,910

Male
52%
3,174

Graduate

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

%

6,084
students

Female
48%
2,910

Male
52%
3,174

undergraduatePart-time

Not reported

Student Break-down

13%
Nonresident aliens
11%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
22%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Hispanic/Latino
36%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown

Transfer Admissions

7%

Transfer applicants accepted

79%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

64

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

60

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Personal
  • Psychological

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens
Countries most often represented Canada
China
India
Singapore
South Korea
Turkey
Special services offered for international applicants International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

International Students and Scholars Office
212 854-3587
isso@columbia.edu

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