Columbia University In The City Of New York

Columbia University In The City Of New York

Columbia University is a private university and a member of the Ivy League. It was established in 1754. The main campus of the University is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in the Manhattan area of New York City. It also has several other campuses in the city.

Columbia has 3 undergraduate institutions as well as a number of graduate and professional schools offering degrees and courses in various fields of study. Columbia is home to undergraduate student broadcasting, WKCR-FM and CTV. The major newspaper of the University is 'Columbia Daily Spectator.'

The sports teams of Columbia are known as the Columbia Lions. They are a member institution of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In October 2006, seventy six Columbia University affiliates were honored with Nobel Prizes for their work in chemistry, physics, medicine, literature, peace and economics.

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Columbia University in the City of New York
116 St and Broadway
New York , NY 10027
General Phone: (212) 854-1754

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Columbia Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,956African studies, American studies, East Asian studies, Central/Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, Russian studies, South Asian studies, Western European studies, ...
Business and Management1,197business management, non-profit management, CIO training, actuarial science
Engineering816biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering physics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, ...
Family and Social Work712public administration, social work
Science669biology, biochemistry, biophysics, anatomy, microbiology, bacteriology, genetics, animal genetics, physiology, ...
Law644law, advanced legal research, legal professions
Medicine594neuroscience, dentistry, dental clinical sciences, advanced general dentistry, endodontology, orthodontology, periodontics, prosthodontics, medicine, ...
Architecture and Planning407architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, architectural services
Media389communication studies, journalism
Nursing and Emergency Medicine378registered nursing, various nursing
Mathematics350mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, probability and statistics, mathematics and statistics, mathematics and computer science
Therapy and Counseling194psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, organizational psychology, social psychology, educational psychology, psychology courses, physical therapy ...
Computer Science and Engineering190computer science, computer support, computer engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy126nutrition sciences, exercise science, occupational therapy
Drama and Performing Arts118dance, drama, various performing arts
Religion and Philosophy92philosophy, religion, Islamic studies, philosophy and religious studies
Fine Arts84art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Photography and Commercial Art61cinematography
Education and Teaching58education, educational administration, social foundations of education, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of physically impaired, math teaching, science teaching, education courses ...
Medical Administration43health care facilities management, environmental health, medical illustrator, medical informatics
Music24music, music theory and composition, jazz
Medical Support and Technology1audiology and speech pathology, dental assistant

Number of programs and degrees for Columbia in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,82471
Master's degree5,401105
Post-master's certificate576103
Doctor's degree59892
First-professional degree6203
Postbaccalaureate certificate581
First-professional certificate264
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years01

Columbia Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbia had a total enrollment of 22,655 students (20,111 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 51%
Women 49%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 31%
Graduate 60%
First Professional 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 40%
Black 6%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 13%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 22%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 11%
20-21 13%
22-24 21%
25-29 33%
30-34 13%
35-39 5%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York22%
New Jersey12%
(International Students)12%
North Carolina1%

Columbia Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 97 %
Part-Time 88 %

Columbia Room and Board (2007)

Columbia offers campus housing for 5,100 of its 20,111 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of New York, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Columbia Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660760
SAT Math670780
SAT Writing650760
ACT Verbal2934
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite2833

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT21%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended

Columbia Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 39,326
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 39,326
Room and board $ 9,980
Room charge $ 5,810
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,170
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,100

Financial Aid:
Columbia participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 270700)

Columbia Faculty

Columbia has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track490271
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1,014918

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year528$165,450148$143,436
Associate professoracademic year146$111,50074$94,444
Assistant professoracademic year153$93,28391$78,602
Instructoracademic year7$86,1431*
Lectureracademic year132$65,920145$57,184
All faculty totalacademic year966$131,691459$95,250

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Columbia Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ivy Group
Basketball Ivy Group
Baseball Ivy Group
Track Ivy Group

Columbia Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Architecture and Related Services, Other
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Orthopedic/Oth Phys Impairments
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Mathematics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Research

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Middle/Near Eastern/Semitic Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
South Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Western European Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator
Medical Informatics

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Dental Assisting/Assistant

Advanced General Dentistry (Cert, MS, PhD)
Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Endodontics/Endodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Orthodontics/Orthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Periodontics/Periodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Religion And Philosophy
Islamic Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Genetics
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Genetics, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology, General
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General
Physiology, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other
Social Psychology

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