Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

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  • On-Campus Housing Available
  • Freshmen Students Required to Live on Campus
  • Meal Service
  • Co-ed Dorms
  • Sorority Housing
  • Fraternity Housing
  • Single-Student Apartments
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Other: Special-interest housing.
Room & Board Expenses $11,396
Living On-Campus 94%
Living Off-Campus 6%

Ratings & Reviews

Overall College Life Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 6 Reviews

50% of students gave Columbia University in the City of New York 5 stars in College Life.

Student Ratings

College Life Rating

N/A. Located in a terrible area. Facilities are outdated. The computers and technology rarely work and it can often be difficult to find a spot to study in the library.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2008

College Life Rating

Since the School of Nursing and my housing were located at the Medical Campus in Washington Heights, it took much more effort to go downtown, compared to students attending the main campus. Not too many people were satisfied with what Washington Heights could offer in terms of nightlife. A wine bar, a pub, and a very small handful of restaurants were all you had to choose from when I was living there. It is an interesting neighborhood with a huge Dominican population. The Cloisters just north of campus are a must see. But if you really wanted to see NYC, then the A train is just a block away from your door. Regarding safety, I never felt unsafe in any part of NYC. There are areas in San Francisco that I would never go through, but NYC was clean and safe for the most part. Special bonus: My husband and I were amazed at the generous size of our Junior 1 bedroom apartment in the Towers. The views from our bedroom window looked out onto the beautiful GW bridge and Hudson River and we had the luxury of a doorman for all of our packages. Gym and pool in the basement.

Campus Safety

Emergency Hotline
(212) 854-5555
Medical Center Emergency Department
(212) 854-9797
Campus Police
535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027


Quick Facts
Team Mascot: Lions
School Song: Roar Lion Roar
School Colors: columbia blue and white
Official Athletics Site:
Athletic Facilities athletic facilities, fitness and tennis complex, gymnasium, stadium, swimming pool
Athletic Conferences: NAA, NCAA
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
Baseball: Ivy Group
Track: Ivy Group

Athletics Department at Columbia University in the City of New York

Athletic Director Name
M. Dianne Murphy
Athletic Department Email
Athletic Department Address
Columbia University, 3030 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Student Organizations

Greek Organizations
Number of Fraternities: 14
Number of Sororities: 11
Percentage of Men in Fraternities: 15%
Percentage of Women in Sororities: 10%
Military Programs
ROTC Air Force

Other Organizations

  • Academic Clubs
  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Music Organizations (Band, Choir, etc.)
  • Political Activism
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • Television Station

Student Services

Computer & Technological Services

  • Internet Access
  • Computers in Residence Halls
  • Computers in Libraries
  • Computer Labs
  • Computers in Student Center
  • Email Account Provided by School

Career & Employment Services

  • Career Counseling
  • Internship Placement
  • Career / Job Search Classes
  • Interest Inventory
  • On-Campus Job Interviews
  • Resume Assistance
  • Alumni Network
  • Interview Training

Counseling Services

  • Personal Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Psychological Counseling

Physically Handicapped Services

  • Note-Taking Service
  • Recording Devices
  • Tutors
  • Reader Services
  • Interpreters for Hearing-Impaired
  • Special Housing
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Braille Services

Other Services at Columbia University in the City of New York

School Store / Bookstore

  • Health Services
  • Library on Campus
  • Non-Remedial Tutoring
  • Placement Services
  • Health Insurance

Famous Alumni

  • Barack Obama, President of the United States
  • Edwin Armstrong, Inventor of FM radio
  • Julia Stiles, Actor.

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