Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

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Columbia University in the City of New York Student Essentials

Columbia University in the City of New York Student Essentials
Region: Northeast
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Lions
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Most Selective
In-State Tuition: $43,088
Out-of-State Tuition: $43,088
Retention Rate: 99%
Enrollment: 27,667
Year Established: 1754

About Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in New York City is one of the country’s most prestigious Ivy League institutions. Columbia’s faculty and alumni include some of the country’s most notable authors, performing artists, politicians and scientists. In addition to offering a broad range of rigorous academic programs, Columbia boasts a vibrant student life.

Undergraduate majors span the humanities, the sciences, and the liberal, fine and performing arts. Graduate programs encompass an equally diverse range of disciplines, such as:

  • Film
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Civil Engineering
  • Law

Columbia is also home to one of the nation’s finest teaching hospitals, which offers medical degrees with a wide variety of specializations, including:

  • General Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Psychiatry

Columbia faculty and alumni include highly successful authors, musicians, actors and scholars. Many have won Academy Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, Nobel Prizes and other prestigious awards and distinctions. Many alumni have also served in high political positions.

Campus activities include more than 150 cultural, creative, political, academic and special interest organizations. Columbia is also home to performing and fine arts groups and activities. In the city of New York, students can also find some of the world’s greatest theatres, concert halls, museums, restaurants and shopping.

To apply for undergraduate admission, applicants must submit an online application, along with transcripts, two or three recommendation letters, ACT or SAT scores and an essay. Graduate programs have individual requirements. Admission to all of Columbia’s programs is highly competitive and less than 10% of applicants are generally accepted.

Columbia awards the full range of financial aid awards, including need-based federal and state grants, work-study and loans. In addition, Columbia provides resources on outside scholarships and loans. Veteran’s benefits are also available.

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 6 Reviews

50% of students gave Columbia University in the City of New York 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2008

Overall Rating

During my time at Columbia, I had so many amazing experiences, mainly due to the vibrant nature of the city, the rigorous clinical schedule, limitless access to cultural events, and meeting new people. Columbia and NYC as a whole were the major draws for me.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

Overall Rating

Before you read this, you need to know 3 things: The day I got into Columbia's nursing program was one of the best in my life, and as much as I wish it weren't true, I have nothing good to say about the program. Finally, this is my experience alone, I have good friends from the program who feel differently about their time there. My dad went to Columbia Medical, and my mom got her nursing degree there as well. They met, and actually got married, on campus. They both loved every minute of their time in their respective programs at Columbia, and in Manhattan. I grew up hearing stories about how good the school was, how much fun they had...So when I got in, you can imagine how happy and excited I was. I absolutley should have gone to look at the campus before I accepted entry (and took out huge loans); that probably woyuld have saved me from making one big, very expensive mistake. If you're thinking of undertaking this mounmental endeavor, you have to go and make sure you can handle the physical environment, which really does impact the program. You're there roughly 40 hours a week, and it was not an enjoyable place to be. You also need to find out as much as you can about the professors who will be teaching you. Mine ranged from great to clueless, which is simply not acceptable at a very expensive Ivy league school which claims to be one of the best nursing prgrams in the world. Go check it out for yourself; do NOT do as I did, and assume that Columbia's School of Nursing must be as good as it's reputation!

Columbia University in the City of New York Map & Location

Columbia University in the City of New York
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

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Full-Time Undergrad Students 7,495
Freshman Class 1,391
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 27,667

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 8%
  • African American: 8%
  • Caucasian: 49%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Unknown and Other: 18%
Latino 8%
African American 8%
Caucasian 49%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 15%
Unknown and Other 18%

Undergraduate 27%
Graduate 73%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%
Women 47%
Men 53%
International 23%
Domestic 77%

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