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Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,013 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 38 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Ivy Group

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $105,262)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $84,826)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 132 142 Yes -
Archery - 12 Yes -
Baseball 32 - - -
Basketball 18 17 - Yes
Fencing 15 21 - -
Field Hockey - 25 - Yes
Football 110 - - -
Golf 9 5 - -
Lacrosse - 23 Yes -
Other Sports 21 - - -
Rowing 21 49 - -
Soccer 26 27 - Yes
Softball - 16 - Yes
Squash 14 15 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving 35 34 - -
Tennis 12 15 Yes -
Volleyball - 17 Yes Yes
Wrestling 23 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Bowling - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Kayaking - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.6%
Hispanic 7.2%
Non-resident alien 22.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 9.1%
Two or more races 2.2%
White/non-Hispanic 40.4%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 10
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 28
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Nathan from Cincinnati, OH
  • 4
  • Many of the dorms are very comfortable and even homey. Some are gross. Because it's New York, nobody really moves out of the dorms (or other school-related housing like a…

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  • Esther from Bowie, MD
  • 4
  • During my first year, I dormed in a single in John Jay. There are four options for first-year dorms: very sociable doubles and quads in Carmen; somewhat sociable and more…

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  • Okie
  • 3
  • Dorms at Columbia range from nice to absolutely horrible. There are tons of rats in every dorm (NYC is infested with rats) and most dorms do not have air conditioning.…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Trinity from Plant City, FL
  • I am a current student here

    Not always the best but not terrible! You can find something to eat, there are plenty of halal and kosher options as well as options for vegetarians.

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  • 5
  • Brielle from Brandywine, MD
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I did not eat on campus, however, in New York there is no way you cannot find a good food place. My family grew up there, and I have never eaten a meal that was mediocre.

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  • 3
  • ESTEBAN from Fullerton, CA
  • I am a past student here

    Only freshman year and only if you live in John Jay will you have an incredible dining experience that first year. The dining hall is just downstairs and JJ's is in the basement open until 4 am with the greatest junk food ever for those Freshman 15. After that, it sucks and you're far from the dining area so you probably won't get a dining plan, and a tiny sandwich is $10 and the grocery store is far and expensive and you have to actually do stuff and make it yourself... meh.

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  • 5
  • Abigail from New York, NY
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Im not generally a picky eater, and I LOVED the food and service at both Ferris Booth and John Jays. The staff there are so nice, and John Jays has an ice cream machine, and JJ's has a Jamba Juice machine.

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  • 5
  • Emma from Arcadia, CA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Columbia has a wide variety of food, and the cafes on campus are great. There are great restaurants within walking distance of Columbia, so if you get sick of campus food, these are always an option.

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  • 5
  • Celine from Orono, MN
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Even if you can't find what you like, it's New York! There are thousands of restaurants and food trucks and fast food establishment and the list goes on!

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  • 4
  • Nathan from Cincinnati, OH
  • I am a current student here

    First-years are required to have meal plans. Dining hall food is tolerable. You won't starve. You won't gain the freshman fifteen unless you really try. Get off the meal plan and enjoy the many delicious foods of Manhattan as soon as possible. Kitchens in dorms are ample. Restaurants are just fantastic.

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  • 4
  • Zoe from Enfield, CT
  • I am a current student here

    I've heard complaints from some and praise from others. I've always found dining to be very diverse, tasty, and mostly nutritious. They are making a large push towards eliminating allergens, so if you are vegan or vegetarian, you won't starve. However, many things still have dairy, including almost all deserts. Halal and kosher options are available as well; for anything else, you can apparently talk to a dietitian.

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  • 3
  • Okie
  • I am a current student here

    The food is pretty good but sometimes hit or miss. They try and make meals for people on different diets and there are 3 places that you can use meal swipes. There are also tons of cafes and if you get sick of the food you can always go out in NYC. The meals are tasty for the most part but if you are used to high dining or home cooked meals then you will be disappointed. The only thing I worry about is the food safety. I have become sick from eating in the dining hall (John Jay) on numerous occasions and the school has done badly on some of the food inspections (rat droppings found, food left out too long, food not at the correct temperature).

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • ESTEBAN from Fullerton, CA
  • I am a past student here

    If you want it, it's there. However, Columbia is known for not having a big Greek population. (Mostly because of space issues.) You'll never really get what all the other college kids are talking about when they go on about their sororities or frats... but hey, whatever. I didn't miss it one bit. Not then, not now. What's a frat?

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  • 0
  • Alexander
  • I am a past student here

    Not a huge part of campus life, but available if you want it

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  • 0
  • Nathan from Cincinnati, OH
  • I am a current student here

    It exists. Nobody pays it much attention, so far as I know. <10% of undergrads are involved, it's not really a presence on campus, the fact that Columbia is in New York sort of eliminates both the impetus for and possibility of serious frat life, but their houses are mostly pretty.

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  • 0
  • Esther from Bowie, MD
  • I am a current student here

    There are some fraternities and sororities here and some of them have housing near campus. For some students, rush week and pledging are easy ways to make very close friends for a lifetime but some students have had their share of disappointments in the process. It's hard to tell if a certain sorority or fraternity is worth joining, and I would suggest talking to an individual who may have left the one you want to join, but it may not be easy to find someone who has. So the best way to join a fraternity/sorority is by making sure your big brother/sister (assigned to you when you pledge) is truly someone you would count on as a close friend. Or you should join with another close friend whom you've known very well. Greek life can be a blessing, in so far as a student benefiting from relatable and dependable friendships, or a nightmare, in which misunderstandings can cause friendships to fall apart.

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  • 0
  • Veronica from Los Angeles, CA
  • I am a current student here

    They are really based on fellowship and service. They aren't the stereotypical frat guys and sorority girls, at least not the majority.

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  • 0
  • Karl from Stoddard, WI
  • I am a current student here

    I am not involved but know several people that are and they love the experience. I am in the band which is very close to the Greek life.

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  • 0
  • Krizia from Fort Bragg, NC
  • I am a current student here

    Many sororities and fraternities and they will definitely be helpful since making friends here can be hard and having study groups and support groups will help you achieve much more. Do join if you can!

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