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 Group
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
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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

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.85 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 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 48 responses
Report
  • Extremely bright and motivated
    33%
  • All of the above.
    29%
  • Competitive
    21%
  • Diligent
    8%
  • Pressured
    4%
  • Smart
    4%

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.100 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.121 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 54 responses
Report
  • Challenging
    59%
  • Passionate
    22%
  • Eye-opening
    9%
  • Forceful.
    4%
  • Fun
    4%
  • Boring
    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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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.
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After one semester I would only give three stars for my graduate experience at the School of Professional Studies, within Applied Analytics program. Initially my early decision application was not reviewed until August, when the expected wait for decisions was in March. The school has very few opportunities for grants and scholarships, and few resources for financial aid advice. As a commuter student who mostly takes online classes, having to pay over $500 in campus fees per semester that I am unable to take advantage of is unreasonable. I feel the education I'm being provided does not make up for the extremely high tuition and fees.
Columbia is simply outstanding in every way. You can't beat the academics, the opportunities it provides, or the location!