Columbia University

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2960 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 854-1754
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 1
application deadline

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#4 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. National Universities

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Columbia University is a private institution that was founded in 1754. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,068, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 36 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Columbia University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 4. Its tuition and fees are $49,138 (2013-14).

Columbia University, located in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City, offers a wide range of student activities. The Columbia Lions field more than 25 NCAA Division I teams in the Ivy League. More than 90 percent of students live in on-campus housing, ranging from traditional residence halls to university-owned brownstones. Many of the brownstones are populated by the more than 25 Greek fraternity and sorority chapters on campus, whose membership includes about 10 percent of the student body. Organizations such as Urban New York, which gives out free tickets to city events, foster student interaction with life in the Big Apple.

Columbia is comprised of three undergraduate schools—Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the School of General Studies—as well as a number of graduate and professional schools. Columbia’s graduate programs include the highly ranked Business School, Teachers College, SEAS, Law School, College of Physicians and Surgeons, School of International and Public Affairs, School of the Arts and Mailman School of Public Health. The university also has a well-regarded College of Dental Medicine and Graduate School of Journalism. Columbia is affiliated with Barnard College for women, the Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Distinguished alumni include John Jay, founding father and first Supreme Court Justice; President Barack Obama; songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II; and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. Columbia also administers the Pulitzer Prizes.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1754, Columbia University in the City of New York encompasses more than a dozen graduate and professional schools and the over 6,000 undergraduates studying in Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The renowned Core Curriculum unites all Columbia undergraduates by providing a common foundation in literature, philosophy, science, art, history and music, and caps classes at 22 students to afford close interaction with Columbia's renowned faculty. Columbia Engineering is one of the oldest engineering schools in the U.S., and unique in its educational approach which includes a guaranteed first-year hands-on design course; close student-to-faculty interaction with extensive undergraduate research opportunities; a broad-based core curriculum, liberal arts minors and interdisciplinary courses; and innovative internship and civic engagement programs in New York City and around the world. Students choose among over 100 majors and concentrations and thousands of research, internship and job opportunities.

Located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, Columbia not only offers access to all of New York City, the ultimate classroom, but also guaranteed four-year housing within a traditional campus surrounded by a residential neighborhood lined with bookstores, cafes and parks. Called "the quintessential great urban university," Columbia is diverse in every way: students come from 50 states and over 90 foreign countries; over half of undergraduates are students of color, and over 500 student organizations are offered, including 31 Division I Ivy League athletic teams and dozens of community service organizations, performance groups, political clubs and publications.

As the birthplace of FM radio, the fields of genetics and anthropology, the nation's oldest literary magazine and first Black student advocacy group on a multi-racial campus, Columbia has carried on a tradition of both social and scientific innovation for over 250 years. Notable Columbians include Barack Obama, Isaac Asimov, Madeline Albright, Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Julia Stiles, and many more spanning every professional field.

Columbia offers extensive need-based financial aid and meets the full need of every student admitted as a first-year with grants instead of loans. Parents with calculated incomes below $60,000 and with typical assets are not expected to contribute any income or assets to tuition, room, board and mandatory fees and families with calculated incomes between $60,000 and $100,000 and with typical assets have a significantly reduced contribution. To support students pursuing study abroad, research, internships and community service opportunities, Columbia offers the opportunity to apply for additional funding and exemptions from academic year and summer work expectations. A commitment to diversity of every kind is a longstanding Columbia hallmark. We believe cost should not be a barrier to pursuing your educational dreams.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1754
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $7,654,152,000


When applying to Columbia University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. The application fee at Columbia University is $80. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 7.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 7.4%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Columbia University is 6:1, and the school has 79.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 99 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 6:1
4-year graduation rate 90%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Columbia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,068, with a gender distribution of 52.8 percent male students and 47.2 percent female students. At this school, 94 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6 percent of students live off campus. Columbia University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 23,168
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Columbia University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Columbia University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Columbia University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Columbia University, 52.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $41,207.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $49,138 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,978 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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