Friday, March 25, 2011

Columbia University

Columbia University

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For admissions-related inquiries, please contact the Admissions Office at:

Office of Admissions
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
108 Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street, MC 4303
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212.854.8903

For financial aid-related inquires, please contact the Financial Aid Office at:
Office of Financial Aid
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
107 Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street, MC 4304
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212.854.3808

For alumni-related inquiries, please contact the Alumni office at: 

Office of Alumni and Development
Columbia Alumni Center
622 West 113th Street, Mail Code 4520
New York, NY 10025
(212) 851-2177
For all other questions, please contact the Dean's office at:
Office of the Dean
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Columbia University
109 Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street, MC 4306
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212.854.2861


Columbia University is a private institution that was founded in 1754. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,743, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 36 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Columbia University's ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 4. Its tuition and fees are $43,304 (2010-11).
Columbia University, located in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City, offers a wide range of student activities. The Columbia Lions field more than 25 NCAA Division I teams in the Ivy League. More than 90 percent of students live in on-campus housing, ranging from traditional residence halls to university-owned brownstones. Many of the brownstones are populated by the more than 25 Greek fraternity and sorority chapters on campus, whose membership includes about 10 percent of the student body. Organizations such as Urban New York, which gives out free tickets to city events, foster student interaction with life in the Big Apple.
Columbia is comprised of three undergraduate schools—Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the School of General Studies—as well as a number of graduate and professional schools. Columbia’s graduate programs include the highly ranked Business School, Teachers College, SEAS, Law School, College of Physicians and Surgeons, School of International and Public Affairs, School of the Arts, and Mailman School of Public Health. The university also has a well-regarded College of Dental Medicine and Graduate School of Journalism. Columbia is affiliated with Barnard College for women, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Distinguished alumni include John Jay, founding father and first Supreme Court Justice; President Barack Obama; songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II; and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. Columbia also administers the Pulitzer Prizes.
School mission (as provided by the school):
Founded in 1754, Columbia University in the City of New York encompasses more than a dozen graduate and professional schools and the 5,600 undergraduates...


When applying to Columbia University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Columbia University is $80. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 9.8 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
Selectivity most selective
Fall 2009 acceptance rate 10%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1
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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Columbia University is 6:1, and the school has 78.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Columbia University include: Biological and biomedical sciences; Engineering; English language and literature/letters; History; and Social sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98.5 percent.
Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 6:1
4-year graduation rate 87% - High
Five most popular majors for 2009 graduates
Biological and biomedical sciences 6%
Engineering 22%
English language and literature/letters 6%
History 8%
Social sciences 24%
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Student Life

Columbia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,743, with a gender distribution of 50.1 percent male students and 49.9 percent female students. 95.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 5.0 percent of students live off campus. Columbia University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
See what students are saying about life at Columbia University.
Total enrollment 24,230
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I
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Campus Info & Services

Columbia University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Columbia University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Columbia University.
Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes
Students required to own/lease a computer No
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Paying for School

At Columbia University, 50.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $35,705.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
Tuition and fees $43,304 (2010-11)
Room and board $10,570 (2010-11) - High
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics
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Student Reviews Ratings data provided by Unigo
i love columbia! the best part is having an ivy league education in the greatest city on earth, New York!
Alex Freshman
The best thing about Columbia is New York. And the prestige of the name. And New York. We're more college than NYU but it's no Princeton; there's stuff to do on the weekends for EVERYONE. Walking through the beautiful campus, you hear five different languages, you see a frisbee thrown over the head of a guitar-player smoking a cigarette. People are weird, and they're different, but that's the beauty of the school.
Allie Sophomore
I like that Columbia has a great, small campus but then is in new york city so you have the best of both worlds. Columbia has a little bubble with local stores, restaurants, and bars but we also have the luxury of being able to "go downtown" and get away from campus really easily. Columbia is really passionate and really liberal so it can be overwhelming--there are always protests and rallies and sometimes tempers flare. (Having Ahmadinejad come and speak took over the campus for the entire semester, which after awhile, was pretty annoying...) Columbia's administration is very out of touch with the students' needs and there's a lot of frustration with the curriculum, housing, financial aid, etc. It's nice that because Columbia is so old (over 250 years and still strong), we have a lot of fun traditions, stories, and superstitions.
Aasha Senior 

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