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Columbia University is a private university and a member of the Ivy League. It was established in 1754. The main campus of the University is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in the Manhattan area of New York City. It also has several other campuses in the city.

Columbia has 3 undergraduate institutions as well as a number of graduate and professional schools offering degrees and courses in various fields of study. Columbia is home to undergraduate student broadcasting, WKCR-FM and CTV. The major newspaper of the University is ‘Columbia Daily Spectator. ’

The sports teams of Columbia are known as the Columbia Lions. They are a member institution of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In October 2006, seventy six Columbia University affiliates were honored with Nobel Prizes for their work in chemistry, physics, medicine, literature, peace and economics.

Profile of Columbia University

Columbia is in a large city, in New York, NY. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Columbia earn degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at the school than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. There is a relatively broad range of courses and programs available at Columbia. The most common major fields study at the school include engineering, mathematics, architecture and planning, and family and social work.

Columbia Selectivity

Columbia does not admit all applicants. of people who applied to the school in 2007, 12% were accepted. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 660 to 760 for students at Columbia. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 670 and 780.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here the school does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at Columbia are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at the school are higher than most.

Student enrolment

Columbia, in 2007, had 22,655 students (20,719 full-time equivalent). A larger than average share of the students at the school are minorities.

Student Life

Most students at Columbia attend full-time. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Ivy Group for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Columbia University is one of the world s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and Student enrolment, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world. "

Columbia Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts1,966international relations, economics, political science, English, history, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, creative writing, . . .
Business and Management1,180 business management, CIO training, non-profit management
Engineering796electrical engineering, operations research, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, engineering physics, . . .
Medicine680public health, medicine, neuroscience, dentistry, advanced general dentistry, health professions, orthodontology, endodontology, . . .
Science652biological and biomedical sciences, epidemiology, geology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biostatistics, microbiology, . . .
Law648law, advanced legal research, legal professions
Family and Social Work 648social work, public administration
Nursing and Emergency Medicine473registered nursing, various nursing
Architecture and Planning421 architecture, urban planning, architectural services, landscape architecture
Media358journalism, communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering 284computer science, computer support, computer engineering
Mathematics247statistics, mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics and computer science, mathematics and statistics
Therapy and Counseling180 psychology, physical therapy, educational psychology, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, psychology courses, . . .
Religion and Philosophy128 philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies, Islamic studies
Fine Arts114art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Drama and Performing Arts100 drama, various performing arts, dance
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy94nutrition sciences, occupational therapy, exercise science
Photography and Commercial Art52cinematography
Education and Teaching51education courses, science teaching, math teaching, social foundations of education, education of physically impaired, educational administration, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, . . .
Medical Adminstration46 medical informatics, environmental health, health care facilities management, medical illustrator
Medical Support and Technology40dental assistant, audiology and speech pathology
Music35music, music theory and composition, jazz

Contact: Columbia

Columbia University

116 St and Broadway

New York, NY 10027

General Phone: (212) 854-1754


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