Students Say

At Columbia, you are in a “fantastic city” where “everyone loves learning.” “Columbia should be considered by students who are willing to develop a breadth of knowledge before specializing, as it actively encourages intellectualism and academic excellence in every form.” The fact that this “great” school is located “in the heart of New York City” is a big draw for the majority of Columbia University students. “You can’t beat the location.” It “offers unlimited resources.” “There are many opportunities, and it is such a diverse community of unique individuals.”

Overview

Applicants
33,531
Acceptance Rate
7%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
700 - 780
SAT Math
700 - 790
ACT Composite
32 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

At Columbia, you are in a “fantastic city” where “everyone loves learning.” “Columbia should be considered by students who are willing to develop a breadth of knowledge before specializing, as it actively encourages intellectualism and academic excellence in every form.” The fact that this “great” school is located “in the heart of New York City” is a big draw for the majority of Columbia University students. “You can’t beat the location.” It “offers unlimited resources.” “There are many opportunities, and it is such a diverse community of unique individuals.” The “highly prestigious name” is also a draw for students to gain “access to great liberal arts academics while still attaining a technical degree.” As one student explains, “I get to take everything from art history to music to physics, even though I’m majoring in something completely different.” Many students note the strength of the school’s teachings, which “value intellectualism over single-minded preprofessionalism, and the Core Curriculum ensures that students can understand and analyze the foundations of Western thought and contemporary society.” For the most part, classes are “thought-provoking,” and “professors are invested in the students and are extremely accessible.” One student complains, “I don’t like the fact that I have graduate students teaching some of my intro classes.” Another student confesses, “Not every class has been a home run, but the ones that have been truly knock it out of the park.” Good grades take some hard work. “Although it is difficult to get an A, it is definitely not uncommon.” There is room for improvement in dealing with administration. “The red tape is awful, but the individual employees are all wonderful.” To stay aligned with today’s fast-growing technological needs, Columbia “should probably get better Wi-Fi Internet access in the library and dorms.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Edwin Armstrong
Inventor, FM Radio

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Actress

Lou Gehrig
Athlete

Jack Kerouac
Novelist

Alexander Hamilton
Founding Father

Barack Obama
President

Joseph Pulitzer
Writer

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
96
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,831

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,238

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,941

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
27%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,207

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,846
Required Fees
$2,292
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,170

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Students describe Columbia as “a school made up of smart, witty, ironic, slightly cynical people.” “The average Columbia student also has a wide range of interests. This is not the type of school where science majors are only interested in science or humanities majors are only interested in the humanities.” It’s a school where “students tend to be globally aware and academically strong; but there are extremes in both directions.” “There is no one way to be a Columbian” because “students fit in by being unique and outstanding in something.” Here, “being normal is frowned upon.” Coming from varying “backgrounds, communities, and cultures,” students at Columbia seem united in their “intellectual curiosity and desire to do something positive with their education.” The “unparalleled” student body “encompasses multiple political views.” “Students fit in by learning to accept that they are different and that others may disagree with them on any number of issues.” One student opines, “Because the right-wing portion of the student body is a minority, it is also more outspoken and thus pretty visible on campus.” Another comments, “Being religious and/or conservative on this campus is tough.” “In terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religion, age, and sexual preference, this school has everything. You will never feel as if you don’t belong.” A student sums up the general thought by saying, “We fit in because of our diversity.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,084
Out of State
77%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
87

Demographics

48% female
52% male
77% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at Columbia University has “boundless opportunities” both on and off campus. New York City is “vibrant” and “exciting” and “is the best resource ever. There’s always something to do, and all you have to do is get on the [subway].” Among other things, students at Columbia can “take advantage of the arts programs in that they get discounted tickets to Broadway shows, operas, and concerts.” As much as “people love to take advantage of the activities in the city,” they “are also very passionate about events on campus. Performances by student groups are very popular, and it is also very common to just hang out in a suite with a group of friends watching movies and playing board games!” The “huge” campus also offers an “innumerable amount of sports games” as well as a satisfactory amount of parties, “either in dorms or at local bars.” It is “by no means a party school, though; most people don’t go out on week nights.” For many, “it is the perfect balance of a social and academic life.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
91
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
61

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
300
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
17

19% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Lions)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Lions)
16 Sports

Archery
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.columbia.edu/cu/cqa www.columbia.edu/cu/qoc

Minority Support Groups: www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/sda/groups

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Fordham University John Jay College
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: John Jay College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: State University of New York- Maritime

Sustainability

Located within walking distance of grassy Central Park, Columbia University’s campus is evolving into one of New York City’s green landmarks in its own right. Surrounded by one of the biggest and densest collections of building in the world, the university has put its location to good use—recently launching the NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center in order to promote green building technologies in New York City. The Urban Design Lab has committed to local environmental design and sustainable economic development, combining the vast intellectual and financial resources of the architecture and engineering schools. The challenges of developing sustainable infrastructure in a bustling urban environment are real, which makes Columbia’s recent LEED Platinum for its 17-acre Manhattanville campus plan in West Harlem even more impressive. Leave it to one of the oldest and most historically rooted universities in the world to stake claim to the first Platinum of its kind in New York City. (And the first for a University plan nationally!) This estimable bit of green construction will only add to Columbia’s significant collection of LEED-certified buildings, which welcomed seven LEED Gold or LEED Silver endeavors in the last several years. Of course, construction is just one of many fortunate opportunities to advance sustainability in Manhattan—Columbia has devoted considerable effort to healthy local food, greenmarkets, vegetative roofs, and more efficient water treatment. Always a beacon in academia and leadership, students are offered a choice of twenty-four degrees in environmental study to complement thirty-three environmental research centers, while organizations such as the Earth Institute and Columbia EcoReps contribute to the active presence of the sustainability movement in everyday campus life.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
52%
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
45

Average Number of PC's per Lab
8

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Journeyed.com Apple Dell JandR Computer World

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kathryn Saunders
Director, Visitors Center

Address
Visitors Center - Columbia University
212 Low Library MC 4318
New York, NY 10027

Phone
212-854-4900


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Low Library and Plaza
Butler Library
Postcrypt Coffee House
Ferris Booth Commons
Levien Gym
http://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/visit/virtual-tours

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Times Square
Greenwich Village
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tom's Resturant
Central Park
www.nycvisit.com/home/index.cfm

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri: 10 and 2; some Saturdays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
kl2718@columbia.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Permitted for 1 night on M-TH during the fall semester while classes are in session

Transportation