columbia university

Columbia University is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges. 

Columbia is a private, ivy-league research university in New York City, established in 1754, and at its current location since 1896. In fact, Columbia is home to the oldest college in the state of New York. It was the first school in the United States to grant the MD degree, and is home to the Pulitzer Prize committee. 

In 2017, Columbia was ranked 8th in the world by both Academic Ranking of World Universities, and U.S. News & World Report

Columbia is the 3rd most selective university in America, behind only Stanford and Harvard, with an acceptance rate of less than 6 percent. The school currently maintains an enrollment of roughly 28,000 students, most of them involved in post graduate studies. 

The university consists of the following 20 colleges:

  1. Barnard College
  2. Columbia Business School
  3. Columbia College
  4. Columbia College of Dental Medicine
  5. Columbia Journalism School
  6. Columbia Law School
  7. Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science 
  8. Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
  9. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  10. Jewish Theological Seminary
  11. Mailman School of Public Health
  12. School of the Arts
  13. School of General Studies
  14. School of International and Public Affairs
  15. School of Nursing
  16. School of Professional Studies
  17. School of Social Work
  18. Teachers College
  19. Union Theological Seminary
  20. Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons 

Notable Columbia graduates include hundreds of distinguished alumni. Among them are many famous scholars, university presidents, actors, architects, artists, athletes, writers, musicians, CEOs, and scientists, as well as several Nobel Laureates, many Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. Presidents, and five Founding Fathers of the United States, to name only a few. 

Shown above: Alma Mater, a bronze statue on the steps of Butler Library


Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Columbia. 

Shown above: An aerial view of the campus at night.


columbia university Q&A

1. Where is Columbia University?

The Columbia campus is located at the following physical address: 


435 West 116th Street

New York, NY


2. What programs are offered at Columbia University?

Columbia offers Bachelor degree, Masters degree, and Doctoral degree programs in numerous fields of study, including medicine and law. 

Here is an list of some undergraduate and post graduate areas of study offered at Columbia: 

  • Actuarial Science
  • Adult Learning and Leadership
  • African Studies
  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Ancient Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology 
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Bilingual Education
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classical Studies
  • Climate and Society
  • Communications
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Construction
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Dance
  • Dental Sciences
  • Drama & Theater
  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Languages
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education 
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy and Environment 
  • Engineering and Management Systems
  • Engineering Mechanics 
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology 
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Engineering
  • French
  • Gender and Public Policy
  • Genetics
  • German
  • Greek Studies
  • Health Policy
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Human Capital Management
  • Human Rights
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Science
  • International Affairs 
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Jazz Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Design
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Legal Education
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Materials Science 
  • Math
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Physics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
  • Microbiology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Operations Research
  • Oral History
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science 
  • Population and Family Health
  • Portuguese Studies 
  • Psychology 
  • Public Administration
  • Real Estate
  • Regional Studies
  • Religion
  • Russian Language Studies
  • Slavic Studies
  • Social Sciences 
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sociomedical Sciences
  • South Asian Studies
  • Sports Management 
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Systems Biology
  • Technology Management 
  • Technology, Media, and Communications 
  • Theatre
  • Urban and Social Policy
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing
  • Yiddish Studies

Above: The Columbia campus, with Butler Library in the background.


3. What courses are taught at Columbia University Law School?

Here is an alphabetical list of the individual courses offered at Columbia Law School:

  •  Administrative Law and Public Policy
  •  Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution
  •  Clinics, Externships, and Experiential Learning
  •  Commercial Law and Transactions
  •  Constitutional Law
  •  Corporate and Securities Law and Transactions
  •  Criminal Law and Procedure
  •  Environmental Law
  •  Family Law
  •  First-year Electives
  •  Gender and Sexuality Legal Studies
  •  Health Care and the Law
  •  History and Philosophy of Law
  •  Human Rights
  •  Intellectual Property and Technology
  •  International, Foreign, and Comparative Law
  •  Journals
  •  LL.M. and J.S.D. Courses
  •  Labor and Employment Law
  •  Law and Economics
  •  Law and Social Sciences
  •  Law, Humanities, and the Social Sciences
  •  Lawyering
  •  Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility
  •  Moot Court Program
  •  National Security Law
  •  Property, Real Estate, and Trusts & Estates
  •  Racial, Economic, and Social Justice
  •  Taxation
  •  Torts
  •  Writing, Research, and Assistantship Credits (LL.M. and J.S.D.)
  •  Writing, Research, and Assistantships

Above: Columbia Law School graduates


4. How much does it cost to attend Columbia University?

According to the Columbia website, the cost of tuition varies by school, and by degree program. Here are some examples:

  • Tuition at the School of Architecture is about $1,834 per credit, or $27,510 per semester. 
  • Tuition at the School of Arts is about $1,960 per credit, or $29,364 per semester.
  • Tuition at the School of Business is, on average, about $3,000 per credit.
  • Tuition at Columbia College is about $27,252 per semester for undergraduates.
  • Tuition at the School of Dental Medicine runs anywhere from about $12,000 to more than $82,000 per semester.
  • Tuition at the School of Engineering is $27,252 per semester for undergraduates, and $1,936 per credit for graduate students. 
  • Tuition at the School of General Studies is $1,756 per credit, or $29,852 per semester.
  • Tuition at the School of Journalism is roughly $2,000 per credit or $30,000 per semester.
  • Tuition at Columbia Law School is between $3,262 and $4,894 per credit, or between $32,626 and $48,938 per semester, depending on your field of interest. 

Additional fees may also apply. These may include application fees, lab fees, materials fees, technology fees, insurance fees, and others. 

Financial aid is frequently available to Columbia students who successfully complete and submit the FAFSA form. 

Above: A view from the steps of Low Library

image: Washington Times

5. What is the Columbia University campus like?

Columbia's main campus occupies 32 acres in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan. That may sound small compared to other college campuses in America, but Columbia is actually the 2nd largest land owner in New York City, behind only the Catholic Church. 

Being so old, the Columbia campus is adorned with many historic buildings. These include the neo-classically designed Butler Library, the Low Memorial Library, and Philosophy Hall, among others. On-campus housing is available here, although the university also owns many thousand more apartments in Morningside Heights. 

The school colors are Columbia blue and white. The student varsity athletes at Columbia are known as the Lions. They play for Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Intercollegiate sports for men and women at Columbia include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming / Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Other student organizations include numerous campus publications, a campus radio station, and virtually every type of student interest club you can imagine. 

The student body of Columbia is a racially diverse bunch, with less than half of them identifying as Caucasian. 

Above: St. Paul's Chapel, a popular Wedding venue 


Shown above: A Dance team at Columbia


Above: A view of Morningside Heights in Upper Manhattan, with Columbia in the foreground.

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6. What are the distance learning options at Columbia University?

Distance learning is available at seven schools of Columbia through a program called Columbia Online. Here is a list of the schools that offer online courses and degree programs at Columbia:

  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Columbia Business School
  • Earth Institute
  • Columbia University Medical Center

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7. What is the contact information for Columbia University?

For general questions, you can reach an operator on the main campus of Columbia by calling 212-854-1754.

To contact the Law School admissions office, call 212-854-2670. 

Above: The Columbia Blue Lions logo


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