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Science & Engineering Profile

Columbia conducts $1 billion in sponsored research annually in 200 different university institutes and centers, including the Northwest Corner Building, an interdisciplinary science and engineering building.

From the FM radio and steamboats to modern robotics and lasers, Columbia has been an engine of innovation and a pioneer in technology since its founding in 1754. 

A community in New York City
As an Ivy League institution, Columbia offers a renowned liberal arts education within the nation’s most global city—a place for problem solvers and thinkers to make an impact on a grand scale. A 36-acre campus in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Columbia is a residential university with four years of guaranteed housing for incoming first-year students, creating a community composed of one of the most diverse, talented student bodies in the world, coming from 50 states and over 90 countries, and with more than half self-identifying as students of color. 

While undergraduates can choose from more than 150 study abroad opportunities, New York City itself serves as a global experience, giving you an unparalleled place to discover and explore the scientific fields through opportunities in research and entrepeneurship.

Scientific breakthroughs and timeless texts
More than a third of incoming Columbia College undergraduates choose science majors. When you include Columbia engineering majors, half of our undergraduates are majoring in science or related fields. Most science departments have a 3:1 student-faculty ratio. 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.

No matter your major or department, at Columbia you join a collaborative academic community that emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of scientific inquiry. The famed Core Curriculum cultivates the critical and creative capacities of students to lead in the fields of science and beyond. Opportunities for research at Columbia—which exist in the hundreds for undergraduates—are never bound by departmental structures and majors.

Our engineering curriculum provides a world-class technical education but also exposes students to entrepreneurship and innovation, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration through a hands-on first-year introductory engineering class, our legendary Core Curriculum, and more than 20 minors in the liberal arts.

Committed to access
We meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need of every admitted first-year student who has applied for financial aid, and we continue to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all four years of study. Admission to Columbia is need-blind for US citizens and permanent residents and persons granted refugee visas by the United States. We award financial aid to foreign students, though financial need is taken into consideration at the time of admission. 

At Columbia every day we are pushing the conversation of discovery forward. 





Programs related to science:

• Astronomy

• Astrophysics

• Biochemistry

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Computer Science

• Earth and Environmental Science

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

• Information Science

• Mathematics

• Physics

• Psychology

• Statistics

• Sustainable Development


Programs related to engineering:

• Applied Mathematics

• Applied Physics

• Biomedical Engineering

• Chemical Engineering

• Civil Engineering

• Computer Engineering

• Computer Science

• Earth and Environmental Engineering

• Electrical Engineering

• Engineering Management Systems

• Engineering Mechanics

• Entrepreneurship and Innovation (minor only)

• Financial Engineering

• Industrial Engineering

• Materials Science and Engineering

• Mechanical Engineering

• Operations Research

• Sustainable Engineering (minor only)