Columbia University

New York, NY

Columbia University

New York, NY

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Tuition & Fees

$61,671

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

52%

male

48%

female

6

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

6%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,695
Declined 37,767
Total Received 40,462
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Private

8,689

undergraduate students

25,193

graduate students

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Location

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
Campus enrollment 33,882
Established in 1754
Coeducational Coeducational

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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

Columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY
10027

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
92%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
no
Students may not have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

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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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
770
25th
720
75th
800
25th
740
75th
36
25th
34
75th
35
25th
31
75th
35
25th
33

Admissions Facts

Application fee $85
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Recommended
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline (final deadline) January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted

Extremely Selective

6%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,695
Declined 37,767
Total Received 40,462

Admissions Factors

Required

Recommendations
Admission test scores
Completion of college-preparatory program
Secondary School Record

Recommended

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Secondary School Rank
Secondary School GPA

Neither required nor recommended

Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Formal demonstration of competencies

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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/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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Financial Aid

59%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$45,881

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $58,920
Room $6,484
Board $5,910
Additional fees $2,751
Books & supplies $1,318
Total $75,383
Average Financial Aid - $45,881
Total with Avg. Aid $29,502

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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


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

Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined
Archery
Baseball
Basketball
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Other sports
Rowing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming and diving
Tennis
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/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 Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Ivy Group (Football I-AA), Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (Division I)

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Actuarial Science.
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General.
African Studies.
African-American/Black Studies.
American/United States Studies/Civilization.
Anatomy.
Ancient Studies/Civilization.
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
Animal Genetics.
Anthropology, General.
Applied Mathematics, General.
Architectural History and Criticism, General.
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology.
Architecture and Related Services, Other.
Architecture.
Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
Astronomy.
Astrophysics.
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
Behavioral Sciences.
Biochemistry.
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
Bioethics/Medical Ethics.
Bioinformatics.
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
Biomedical Sciences, General.
Biometry/Biometrics.
Biophysics.
Biostatistics.
Biotechnology.
Business Administration and Management, General.
Business Statistics.
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other.
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Chemical Engineering.
Chemistry, General.
Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
City/Urban, Community, and Regional Planning.
Civil Engineering, General.
Clinical Psychology.
Comparative Literature.
Computer Engineering, General.
Computer Science.
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other.
Computer and Information Sciences, General.
Conservation Biology.
Construction Management, General.
Counseling Psychology.
Creative Writing.
Dance, General.
Dental Clinical Sciences, General.
Development Economics and International Development.
Developmental and Child Psychology.
Digital Arts.
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
Dispute Resolution.
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
East Asian Studies.
Ecology.
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
Economics, General.
Education, General.
Education, Other.
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances.
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments.
Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
Educational Psychology.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Engineering Mechanics.
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
Engineering, Other.
English Language and Literature, General.
English Literature (British and Commonwealth).
Environmental Health.
Environmental Science.
Environmental Studies.
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
Epidemiology.
Exercise Science and Kinesiology.
Film/Cinema/Media Studies.
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
French Language and Literature.
General Studies.
Genetics, General.
Geology/Earth Science, General.
German Language and Literature.
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
Historic Preservation and Conservation, General.
History, General.
History, Other.
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management.
Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
Industrial Engineering.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Information Resources Management.
Information Science/Studies.
Information Technology Project Management.
Information Technology.
International Relations and Affairs.
Islamic Studies.
Italian Language and Literature.
Jewish/Judaic Studies.
Journalism, Other.
Journalism.
Landscape Architecture.
Latin American Studies.
Latin Language and Literature.
Legal Professions and Studies, Other.
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.
Linguistics.
Management Science.
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other.
Marketing, Other.
Materials Science.
Mathematical Statistics and Probability.
Mathematics Teacher Education.
Mathematics and Computer Science.
Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
Mathematics, General.
Mechanical Engineering.
Medical Informatics.
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology.
Medical/Health Humanities.
Metallurgical Engineering.
Microbiology, General.
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
Mining and Mineral Engineering.
Music Theory and Composition.
Music, General.
Neuroscience.
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.
Nursing Science.
Nutrition Sciences.
Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
Operations Research.
Organizational Leadership.
Orthodontics/Orthodontology.
Pharmacology.
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
Philosophy.
Physical Sciences, Other.
Physics, General.
Physics, Other.
Physiology, General.
Political Science and Government, General.
Portuguese Language and Literature.
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology.
Psychology, General.
Psychology, Other.
Public Administration.
Public Health, General.
Real Estate Development.
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign).
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
Religion/Religious Studies.
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other.
Russian Language and Literature.
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies.
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.
Social Psychology.
Social Sciences, General.
Social Sciences, Other.
Social Work.
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.
Sociology, General.
South Asian Studies.
Spanish Language and Literature.
Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
Statistics, General.
Sustainability Studies.
Toxicology.
Urban Studies/Affairs.
Visual and Performing Arts, Other.
Western European 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

33,882

total students

18%

in-state

82%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

26%

8,689
students

Female
48%
4,142

Male
52%
4,547

74%

25,193
students

Female
55%
13,862

Male
45%
11,331

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

91%

7,907
students

Female
48%
3,761

Male
52%
4,146

9%

782
students

Female
49%
381

Male
51%
401

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Student Break-down

18%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Hispanic/Latino
34%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

2%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: March 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

64

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

60

semester hours

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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 111
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

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