Columbia University

New York, NY

Columbia University

New York, NY

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Science & Engineering Diversity

Tuition & Fees

$61,850

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

50%

male

50%

female

6

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

5%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,245
Declined 40,324
Total Received 42,569
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Private

6,298

undergraduate students

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School Facts

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

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Public/private Private
Established in 1754
Coeducational Coeducational

36‐acre campus in New York City (population: 8,622,698). School operates transportation to Lamont‐Doherty Campus and Medical Center Campus.

  • Campus Setting: Major city
  • Metropolitan area: New York City
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: LaGuardia, Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy

Columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY
10027

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
92%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • community service
  • cultural organizations
  • performing arts
  • athletics
  • publications

Top Events

  • Bacchanal (spring fest)
  • Tree Lighting/Yule Log Ceremony
  • Varsity Show

Fun Facts

  • Orgo Night: aka when the Columbia University Marching Band busts into the Butler Library reading room before the big Organic Chemistry exam to play as loudly as they can to, erm, inspire studying students.
  • 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 two 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, 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, including 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.
  • Columbia University's renowned Journalism School was started in 1912 at the bequest of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
79%
600-699
20%
500-599
1%
700-800
90%
600-699
9%
500-599
1%
30-36
97%
24-29
3%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $85
Application deadline January 1
Has early decision program yes

Extremely Selective

5%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,245
Declined 40,324
Total Received 42,569

Admissions Factors

Very Important

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
application essay
academic GPA
class rank
recommendation(s)
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

talent/ability

Considered

alumni/ae relation
first generation
geographical residence
interview
racial/ethnic status
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

level of applicant's interest
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 111
Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language no

Financial Aid

59%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$7,057

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $58,920
Room & board $14,490
Additional fees $2,930
Books & supplies $1,294
Other fees $2,180
Total $79,814
Average Financial Aid - $7,057
Total with Avg. Aid $72,757
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Financial Facts

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Tuition prepayment plan yes
Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Archery
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-country running
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Rowing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

ice hockey, judo, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Club Sports - Women's

ice hockey, judo, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Intramural Sports Men

Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Equestrian sports, Football, Racquetball, Rock climbing, Sailing, Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Squash, Table tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball

Intramural Sports Women

Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Equestrian sports, Football, Racquetball, Rock climbing, Sailing, Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Squash, Table tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics, General
Archeology
Architecture
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Biochemistry
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biophysics
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
East Asian Studies
Ecology
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
Education, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Biology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Ethnic Studies
Evolutionary Biology
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
French Language and Literature
French Studies
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
German Studies
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Industrial Engineering
Information Science/Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Italian Studies
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Music, General
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Neuroscience
Operations Research
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Psychology, General
Religion/Religious Studies
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Slavic Studies
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Spanish and Iberian Studies
Statistics, General
Sustainability Studies
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Urban Studies/Affairs
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Doctorial degree - other
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

6,298

total students

21%

in-state

79%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

6,298
students

Female
50%
3,145

Male
50%
3,153

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

100%

6,298
students

Female
50%
3,145

Male
50%
3,153

Not reported

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 99%
Student 4 year graduation rate 87%
Student 5 year graduation rate 6%
Student 6 year graduation rate 3%

Student Break-down

17%
Nonresident aliens
9%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
21%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Hispanic/Latino
32%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

140

Transfer students enrolled

-

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment no
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Transfer difficulty

Most difficult

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

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
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