Tuition & Fees

$59,430

$59,430

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

52%

male

48%

female

1

teacher

6

students

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Extremely Selective

5%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,263
Declined + 36,126
Total Received 38,389
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Private (nonprofit)

6,231

undergraduate students

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Most Popular Majors

Not Reported

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Codes

SAT 2116
ACT 2717

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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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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 6,231
Established in 1754
Coeducational Coeducational College
Accredited by •  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)

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New York, NY

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

Columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
93%
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

 
16 fraternities 24% of male students
 
10 sororities 16% of female students
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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
84%
600-699
14%
500-599
2%
700-800
88%
600-699
11%
500-599
1%
700-800
79%
600-699
19%
500-599
2%
30-36
94%
24-29
6%
30-36
79%
24-29
21%
30-36
92%
24-29
8%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $85
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 Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

Extremely Selective

5%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,263
Declined + 36,126
Total Received 38,389

Admissions Factors

Very Important

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

Important

Particular talent/ability

Considered

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

Not Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Jessica Marinaccio
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid
P: 212 854-2522
F: 212 854-1209
ugrad-ask@columbia.edu

Financial Aid

100%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$58,630

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $56,608
Room & board $14,016
Additional fees $2,822
Books & supplies $1,270
Total $74,716
Average Financial Aid - $58,630
Total with Avg. Aid $16,086
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement

Other

Financial Aid Office

P: 212 854-3711
ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Jessica Marinaccio
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo

Club Sports - Women's

Ice Hockey, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Equestrian Sports, Football, Racquetball, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball

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Athletic Directors

Peter Pilling (men's)
Campbell Family Director Of Intercollegiate Athletics And Physical Education
email

Jacqueline Blackett (women's)
Senior Associate Director, Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation
email

Athletic Facts

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

Majors

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

  • Accelerated study
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

6,231

total students

22%

in-state

78%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

6,231
students

Female
48%
3,005

Male
52%
3,226

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

%

6,231
students

Female
49%
3,005

Male
51%
3,226

Not reported

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Student Break-down

16%
Nonresident aliens
12%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
22%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
34%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown

Transfer Admissions

6%

Transfer applicants accepted

78%

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

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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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 93
Countries most often represented Canada
China
India
South Korea
Turkey
The United Kingdom
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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