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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
From Columbia University

This is a place unlike any other. Where a renowned Core Curriculum is fueled by an incredibly diverse community. 6,000 undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries find a home on our residential campus in Morningside Heights: your corner of New York City. Undergraduates in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering can choose from nearly 100 areas of study and enhance their classroom conversations through research at 200+ research centers and institutes. You Columbia education will be the foundation for a lifetime of learning, collaboration, and the unending pursuit of truth and understanding.

Columbia University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
6%
SAT Range
1450-1560
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$21,220/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$53,284/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
58%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.91 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.99 responses
31%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.99 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,666Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
550
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 58 responses
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  • All of the above.
    31%
  • Extremely bright and motivated
    29%
  • Competitive
    19%
  • Diligent
    10%
  • Pressured
    5%
  • Smart
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
41%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.114 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.135 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • Challenging
    53%
  • Passionate
    21%
  • Eye-opening
    10%
  • Fast-paced
    4%
  • Fun
    4%
  • Forceful.
    3%
  • Boring
    1%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $83,300/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    96%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%
    88%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.52 responses

    Columbia University Reviews

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    Wow, I loved it there! The academics were top notch, and several of my peers are already successful in their careers; the degree as a label has traction in the job market.

    As a Veteran who grew up in Minnesota, the weather was mild for me, but those from the South will find the winter challenging.

    I found myself very absorbed by my studies at that time, and so did most of the other students. That can make it extremely easy to meet people in an intellectual sense but somewhat difficult to meet in a social sense. My advice is if you want to date, you should learn how to meet people at NYU.

    Financial aid is difficult to obtain, but I was a Veteran, and the government paid my tuition, so that was not my struggle.
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    I love Columbia. It’s really the students who make the experience. I’ve met some of the most intelligent, high achieving, self motivated individuals. It’s creates an aspiring ambience on campus which influences you to work harder and aim higher. Someone is always willing to help you out, whether it’s with academics/networking. Columbia has a great community. However, I do wish that facilities were more updated...especially the engineering facilities. I also wish that the curriculums would be more up to date with a bit of emphasis on applications (most courses tend to be theoretical).
    Columbia is a culturally rich and diverse school with a beautiful campus in one of the most influential cities in the world. The endless amount of opportunities provided here can be overwhelming! There is a place for everyone on this campus, with clubs, sports, and other organizations for every individual.