Columbia University

New York, NY

Website: www.columbia.edu/

Private
Co-ed
6,231
Undergraduate
Students
(48.2%) 3,005 Women
(51.8%) 3,226 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
6% of 37,389 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
730-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
720-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$74,173
Tuition and Fees
$57,208
Room and Board
$13,618
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$59,830
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

New York Population
8,244,910
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
93% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Lion
Sororities
16% of women participate
Fraternities
24% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
2.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
26.4% Asian
13.7% Black/African-American
14.5% Hispanic/Latino
40.3% White
2.3% Unknown
International Students
15.6% from 93 countries
First-Year Students Returning
99.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
87.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
17.4%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 3 4
Social Studies    
History 3 4
Academic Electives 3 4

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
116th Street and Broadway
City, State, Zip
New York, NY 10027
Phone
(212) 854-2522
Fax
 
E-mail
ugrad-ask@columbia.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$85
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
3 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
6% of 37,389 applicants were admitted
Women
6% of 20,431 applicants were admitted
Men
7% of 16,958 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,405 (62%) of 2,263 admitted students enrolled
Women
703 (62%) of 1,143 admitted students enrolled
Men
702 (63%) of 1,120 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
17% of 4086 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
730-800 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
88%
Score of 600 - 700
11%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
720-780 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
84%
Score of 600 - 700
14%
Score of 500 - 600
2%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32-35 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
92%
Score of 24 - 29
8%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$74,173
Tuition and Fees
$57,208
Room and Board
$13,618
Books and Supplies
$1,246
Other Expenses
$2,101
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is E00485
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
791 (56.3%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
719 (90.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
719 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
719 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$59,830
Need-Based Gift
Received by 709 (98.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $56,504
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 519 (72.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,675
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 52 (7.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
3,341 (53.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
3,143 (94.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,143 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,943 (93.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$58,630
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,118 (99.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $53,879
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,465 (78.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,251
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 102 (3.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Architecture and Related Services, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic/Molecular Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Biopsychology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • French Studies
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Operations Research
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Engineering, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
Not reported
Part-Time Faculty
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
Not reported
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
14,019,594
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
460
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
 
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Science, Executive Master of Health Administration, Master of Philosophy, Master of Science in Social Work, Master of Health Administration, Executive Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration, Master of Laws, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Executive Master of Science, Master of Public Health, Master of International Affairs

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Adult Nursing
  • African Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • Allopathic Medicine
  • American Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Archives/Archival Administration
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioethics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication--General
  • Community Health
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Conservation Biology
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Database Systems
  • Developmental Biology
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Finance and Banking
  • Financial Engineering
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Information Studies
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Management of Technology
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Medical Informatics
  • Medical Physics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operations Research
  • Oral and Dental Sciences
  • Pathobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Administration
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Real Estate
  • Religion
  • Romance Languages
  • Russian
  • Science Education
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater
  • Toxicology
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Western European Studies
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of the Science of Law, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Engineering Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Science, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Public Health, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Medicine, Juris Doctor

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • African Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • Allopathic Medicine
  • American Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication--General
  • Community Health
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conservation Biology
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Biology
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Finance and Banking
  • Financial Engineering
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • International Affairs
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Medical Informatics
  • Medical Physics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neurobiology
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operations Research
  • Oral and Dental Sciences
  • Pathobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Health--General
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Religion
  • Romance Languages
  • Russian
  • Science Education
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Structural Biology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater
  • Toxicology
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Western European Studies

Location and Setting


Boston Population
8,244,910
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
36 acres

Weather

Temperature
24.9 average low in January, 78.9 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
New York City
Nearest Train Station
New York City

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
93% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
7%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Lion
School Colors
Columbia blue and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Archery x      
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf     x  
Lacrosse x      
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Archery x  
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf    
Lacrosse x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Track And Field x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Archery    
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse    
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Track And Field x  
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
ice hockey, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, squash

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, community service, cultural organizations, performing arts, athletics, publications
Sororities
16% of women participate
Fraternities
24% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
6,231
Women
3,005 (48.2%)
Men
3,226 (51.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,231
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
2.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
26.4% Asian
13.7% Black/African-American
14.5% Hispanic/Latino
40.3% White
2.3% Unknown
International Students.
15.6% from 93 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
99.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
87.7%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
92.8%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
95.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
72%
Average Starting Salary
72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
17.4%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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