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Columbia University in the City of New York Stats, Info and Facts

Quick Facts

25,208 students

7% admitted

  • 21,366 full time
  • 3,842 part time
  • 10,639 men full time
  • 10,727 women full time
  • 34,929 applied
  • 2,419 admitted
  • 1,396 enrolled

7,950 Undergraduates

$46,846 tuition/year

  • 17,258 Graduates
  • $46,846 in state
  • $2,292 fees
  • $11,978 room & board
  • $1,170 books
  • (Based on stats from 2013/2014)

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Mid East Large City
Highest Degree Offered: Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
School Colors: Blue and white
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Krizia from Fort Bragg, NC
  • 0
  • Columbia University is extremely challenging and therefore extremely rewarding. It does not allow you room to be average or mediocre because it encourages excellence. CU will show you what you…

  • Nov-09-2012 Read More
  • Christopher from New York, NY
  • 0
  • Going to Columbia University has been the the most challenging experience of my life. I love going to school at one of the best universities in the world. getting pushed…

  • Jun-03-2012 Read More
  • Johnathan from Pittsburgh, PA
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  • Columbia University is an amazing institution that offers some of the best educational opportunities. The student body is incredibly diverse and interesting, and professors are approachable and genuinely care…

  • May-21-2012 Read More
  • Emma from Kaysville, UT
  • 0
  • If you want a school with diverse student body, myriad opportunities, and access to the best city in the world this is it. There are of course, high stress levels…

  • May-31-2012 Read More
Mission Statement

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 body, 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.


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Benjamin from Acworth, GA
  • Dec-30-2011 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The campus is amazing. Right in the heart of NYC, Columbia provides an awesome experience along with brilliant minds.

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  • 5
  • Eurick from Yonkers, NY
  • Dec-28-2011 I am a current student here

    You might think that, being an Ivy, many of the students here would be snooty or rather pompous, but you'll find fairly quickly that that's not the case. Everyone here is generally rather laidback, amiable, and down to earth. It’s a strongly positive aspect of the Columbia community, as friendships tend to form fast and last long--and you can take my word for it that these friendships keep you afloat during the harrowing occurrence known as finals! The bonus, too, is that many share your value in intellectual pursuits!

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  • 5
  • Jing from New York, NY
  • Dec-25-2011 I am a current student here

    The campus atmosphere is great! Classic architecture and landscaping make the campus beautiful. Everyone is very nice and someone is always ready to help you

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  • 5
  • James from Atlanta, GA
  • Aug-27-2011 I am a current student here

    As far as I can tell, college is extraordinary because it is a period of unprecedented – and probably unique – freedom in nearly all aspects of life. Of course, freedom has the potential for both great success and great failure, and so it all depends on how we utilize it. In my time at Columbia, I’ve tried to balance a challenging and engaging courseload with a variety of other pursuits and activities, and have enjoyed my college experience immensely as a result. I’ve found that the secret lies in making time to pursue what interests me most – for instance, I play a lot of music, and so I joined a band that plays all around the city. Of course, the primary goal is to learn, and a boring or overly easy schedule makes for a boring time at college, not to mention a waste of tuition. In addition, there is a neverending stream of possibilities in New York City, and it’s easy to be ceaselessly occupied simply by taking advantage of a small fraction of these.

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  • 4
  • Andrew from East Lansing, MI
  • Aug-14-2011 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Campus is very nice. Being in the city, the buildings are very close to each other. I hear the dorm rooms are crappy though.

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