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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
  • Krizia from Fort Bragg, NC
  • 3
  • Can't say because I live in my own apartment since I am a military veteran but when I lived on off-campus housing it was very nice. NYC, what can you…

  • Nov-09-2012 Read More
  • Christopher from New York, NY
  • 4
  • The school could have better undergraduate dorms (especially with a several billion $ endowment), but overall dorm life isn't too bad. Don't expect for it to be party crazy.…

  • Jun-03-2012 Read More
  • Johnathan from Pittsburgh, PA
  • 5
  • Dorms have singles, doubles, suites, any combination that makes sure you are as comfortable as possible living there. The RAs are friendly and care about the wellbeing of each…

  • May-21-2012 Read More
  • Emma from Kaysville, UT
  • 5
  • We work hard, we play hard. Get ready to meet people from all walks of the earth and be open to all perspectives and backgrounds. Everyone is generally friendly…

  • May-31-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Emma from Arcadia, CA
  • Jun-11-2015 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
  • Feb-02-2015 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
  • Jan-05-2015 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
  • Nov-12-2014 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
  • Jun-16-2014 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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  • 4
  • Esther from Bowie, MD
  • May-22-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is great. Anywhere you go will have better or worse amenities. Some students complain the food is not as good as what they eat at home, but the food is fine to me. Columbia has three main places that offer food: for early morning breakfast, late brunch, pizza, salads, stir fries, and pastas head to Ferris; for late brunch and home-cooked dinners head to John Jay dining hall; and for late night/ after midnight snacks, pancakes, omelets, hamburgers, fries, etc. head to JJ's Place. Columbia also has other cafes on campus that offer snacks and cold/hot drinks for purchase with Dining dollars, Flex dollars (both purchased from Columbia and only valid on campus and select locations, such as the 24/7 Morton Williams grocery and Chipotle), or cash/credit card.

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  • 3
  • Justin from Tampa, FL
  • Apr-10-2014 I am a current student here

    The food in the dining hall is horrible but you are only required to buy a meal plan your first year. Off campus options are plentiful and economical.

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  • 4
  • Jackie from Bridgewater, NJ
  • Dec-30-2013 I am a current student here

    There are three dining halls: John Jay, JJ's Place, and Ferris Booth. JJ's Place basically serves diner food: burgers, chicken tenders, fries, etc. so I only ever eat at JJ's as an indulgence. There is, however, a Jamba Juice machine, and students are free to take however much they want, so I often go on Jamba Juice runs with some of my friends and load up a couple water bottles with Jamba Juice in order to use up meal swipes. There's also an area where you can use swipe for breakfast food (granola bars, personal cereal packs and orange juice cartons, etc.) so many of the students I know go to JJ's at the end of the week to use up meal swipes. JJâ??s closes at 1:00 am during the week so itâ??s available for late night cravings. I go to John Jay for most of my meals because it's closest to my dorm. John Jay has a greater variety of food than Ferris Booth. Ferris serves pretty much the same thing every single day, but the quality is more consistent at Ferris. There will be days where the food at John Jay is magnificent and then there will be days where it's terrible. John Jay closes on Fridays and Saturdays though, and isn't open until 11:00 am during the other days of the week. So Ferris, which opens at 8:00 am, is best for breakfast. Both Ferris and JJâ??s close at 8:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. There are also cafes scattered around the campus, like Cafe 212 and Cafe East in Lerner Hall, which accept dining dollars (every meal plan comes with a certain amount of dining dollars, which rolls over from year to year, and more can be added over the course of the year). Cafe East has bubble tea and sushi, so that's where all my dining dollars have gone. :P Students can also add flex dollars to their accounts, which can be used at all dining locations on campus, the CU bookstore, and a bunch of different restaurants and stores near campus (there's a list online), as well as for the laundry machines and vending machines on campus.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Nathan from Cincinnati, OH
  • Jan-05-2015 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
  • May-22-2014 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
  • Mar-29-2013 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
  • Jan-06-2013 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
  • Nov-09-2012 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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  • 0
  • Kelly from New York, NY
  • Jun-14-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is not too prominent because of the party scene in New York City itself, but can be found if desired. There are plenty of fraternities/sororities to choose from, and there are a fair number of students involved in Greek life.

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  • 0
  • Jessica
  • Jun-04-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life does not play a large role in the Columbia community, however there are several fraternities and sororities to become involved in.

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