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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Columbia University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
Address
West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
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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

Acceptance Rate
7%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1410-1590
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$22,973/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,481/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,251/ year
  • $49-75k
    $6,592/ year
  • $76-110k
    $14,262/ year
  • $110k+
    $40,464/ year
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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
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.87 responses
34%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.87 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,552Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Extremely bright and motivated
    32%
  • All of the above.
    30%
  • Competitive
    20%
  • Diligent
    8%
  • Pressured
    4%
  • Smart
    4%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
42%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.102 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.123 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 56 responses
Report
  • Challenging
    59%
  • Passionate
    21%
  • Eye-opening
    9%
  • Forceful.
    4%
  • Fun
    4%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$78,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.52 responses
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Columbia University Reviews

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I visited Columbia at the end of March with a group and loved the vibe of the campus. Although I want to be as close as I can to or in the city, my ideal college campus needs look like a university setting. NYU, on the other hand, is right in the middle of the city and sometimes you can't tell where the buildings are without the NYU flags. I liked Columbia much better in that sense and I personally do not need to vouch for the education standard because we all know an ideal place to go for an intelligent, hard working student. Walking around the main area made me feel like I belonged there!
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I love Columbia University! Not only are the faculty members and instructors an experts, but they do care about the students. They take time outside class to engage with students and help them go the extra mile. Another great element is the student body. It is well versatile and have students from all over the world.
I have had a wonderful time at Columbia University. The students here are extremely friendly and always willing to help each other out. I am particularly happy I chose this university because of our core curriculum. I have taken courses in philosophy, literature, and African history because of our core curriculum. I am convinced that I will leave this institution as a well-rounded individual. Lastly, this university has opened many doors for me as I have had the opportunity to network with top companies and learn skills that I know will benefit me in the workforce.