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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
    A
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Columbia is an elite private university located in Manhattan, New York in the New York City Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,592 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Columbia acceptance rate is only 7%. Popular majors include Economics, Computer Science, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 95% of students, Columbia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $66,500.
About Columbia University...
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
1410-1570
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$22,824/ 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
$49,185/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
59%

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
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.94 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.94 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,592Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
578
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 57 responses
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  • Extremely bright and motivated
    30%
  • All of the above.
    28%
  • Competitive
    18%
  • Diligent
    7%
  • Pressured
    5%
  • Smart
    5%
  • Diverse
    4%

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.109 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.130 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 63 responses
Report
  • Challenging
    56%
  • Passionate
    21%
  • Eye-opening
    8%
  • Fun
    5%
  • Fast-paced
    3%
  • Forceful.
    3%
  • Boring
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$83,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
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
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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.
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Columbia University is wholly committed to the academic well-being and personhood of their students inside and outside of studies. Through their active communication and care in students' academic lives, professors are engaged and ready to help their students succeed in their ideological pursuits. Moreover, the Health and Wellness Center approaches health from a holistic perspective, offering mental health services such as therapy sessions, acupuncture, pet therapy day, snacks, and more. Specifically for the Mailman School of Public Health, they require all students to fulfill the Self, Social, and Global Awareness course that evaluates the self and how it fits into societal constructs so that students are prepared to go forth courageously in their social justice work. The Mailman school also invites students to engage in their Grand Rounds where all medical school students share their work and ideas to create a more thought-provoking environment.
I really feel included as a member of the Columbia family! There are numerous useful resources for you to explore, either student organizations to meet new people, on-campus job opportunities, concern for student safety, etc. I love the university on being clear of the steps of everything you are going to be involved, quick in response, and the people being friendly.