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International Profile

Columbia is the start of great things: every aspect of the Columbia experience opens doors, on and off campus, to an ever-deeper set of opportunities.

Columbia gives students a home in the truly global city of New York—where the world comes to you and you go to the world. Home to major institutions in almost every field, our New York is a neighborhood, a classroom, a leader, a community, and a cultural wonderland.

Founded in 1754, Columbia is one of the oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning in the world, offering a renowned liberal arts education within the nation’s most international city. Located in Morningside Heights and bounded by two beautiful parks, Columbia gives students a home base on which to live, study, and play. This residential neighborhood supports a vibrant community, which is cultivated through a student life program where the great majority of students live on campus.

We have one of the most diverse, talented student bodies in the world, coming from 50 states, over 90 countries, and with over half self-identifying as students of color. Our network extends beyond our gates, creating a culture of connection with an alumni community more than 300,000 strong, including international leaders like President Barack Obama; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Bhimrao Ambedkar, the writer of India’s constitution; Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves; Chinese diplomat V.K. Wellington Koo; and Pixley ka Isaka Seme, founder of the African National Congress.

Through both Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, students can take classes and be involved in research that advances what the world knows in every area. Our imperative is to involve undergraduates in major research with world-renowned faculty and help students find their strengths and true passions. There is a 6:1 student-faculty ratio (3:1 in most science departments), and 80% of undergraduate classes have 20 students or fewer.

Professors here are giants in their fields yet keep open office hours and teach and mentor undergraduates, inspiring their students to take their own giant steps. The defining component of a Columbia education is our legendary Core Curriculum, an interdisciplinary series of seminar-style courses taken by students from all majors, including engineers. It is through exposure to literature, philosophy, art, music, and science that students build their intellectual and leadership skills, challenging one another before they embark on their areas of study.

At Columbia you’re part of knowl-edge in the making—yours and the world’s.




On a grassy neoclassical campus in the heart of New York City, New York, Columbia creates a perfect balance between city life and a campus community.


TYPE OF UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia is a residential, private, coeducational, highly selective Ivy League university with a strong focus on undergraduates.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: Columbia is situated on 36 acres in the residential neighborhood of Morningside Heights, located in the northwest section of Manhattan in New York City.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Undergraduate enrollment is approximately 4,500 students in Columbia College and 1,500 students in The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

NUMBER OF FACULTY: Columbia students enjoy close, collegial interaction with faculty members who are widely recognized as leading scholars in their disciplines. The student-faculty ratio is 6:1.

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: Columbia University has many different opportunities for undergraduate degrees. Within Columbia College, students pursue a Bachelor of Arts. Students interested in a Bachelor of Science study at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to Columbia’s undergraduate programs, the University encompasses more than a dozen graduate and professional schools.

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Columbia University students come from all 50 states and over 90 countries, and more than 50% self-identify as students of color. Moreover, Columbia University enrolls one of the largest percentages of foreign students of any major private research university in America.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: In addition to the International Students and Scholars Office, which provides resources for international students and assists with their transition to the United States, there are dozens of international student groups.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BUDGET: Expenses, other than travel, are similar to those of domestic students.
Estimated costs for the 2015–2016 academic year:
Tuition     $50,526
Room and Board    $12,860
Fees    $2,474
Books/Miscellaneous    $3,224
Orientation*    $523
Total    $69,607

* For first year only

FINANCIAL AID: Columbia awards more than $134 million in financial aid each year and meets the full need of all applicants admitted as first-year students who have applied for financial aid, regardless of citizenship. Admission is need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and persons granted refugee visas by the United States.

• The SAT and two SAT Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing is required.
• Fifty percent of students admitted in 2015 scored between 2160–2330 on the SAT (32–35 on the ACT).
• Students for whom English is not a first language should consult our website for our policy on English proficiency testing.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES: The application postmark deadline for Early Decision candidates is November 1, and for Regular Decision candidates it is January 1. The nonrefundable application fee is $85.