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Columbia University

New York, NY

At A Glance

Main Address

1130 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027

https://www.columbia.edu/

Admission Office

1130 Amsterdam Avenue

212 Hamilton Hall, MC 2807

New York, NY 10027

(212) 854-2522

Fax : (212) 854-1209

ugrad-ask@columbia.edu

Contact : Jessica Marinaccio

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Type of School

Medium

Private

university

4-year school

Coed

Regionally Accredited

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

College Board Code: 2116

Quick Facts

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 96.0%

Total undergraduates : 6,298

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 1,392

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 100.0%

Average financial aid package : $60,566.00

In-State Tuition : $62,141.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $62,141.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Setting

Very Large City (>500k)

Urban

Residential campus

Deadlines

Admission

Regular application due: No Regular Application Deadline

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : --

Housing deposit due : --

Early Decision And Action

Early decision application due : --

College will notify student of early decision by : --

Other early decision deadline : --

College will notify student of other early decision by : --

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : --

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : --

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : --

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 96.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 99.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Regionally Accredited

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Social Sciences : 21.0%
Engineering : 15.0%
Computer and Information Sciences : 11.0%
Biology : 6.0%
English : 5.0%
Foreign Languages and Literature : 5.0%
History : 5.0%
Mathematics : 5.0%
Psychology : 5.0%
Visual and Performing Arts : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies B
African-American/Black Studies B
American/United States Studies/Civilization B
East Asian Studies B
Ethnic Studies B
French Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies B
Italian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Near and Middle Eastern Studies B
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign) B
Russian Studies B
Slavic Studies B
Spanish and Iberian Studies B
Women's Studies B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B
Biophysics B
Ecology B
Environmental Biology B
Evolutionary Biology B
Neuroscience B

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer Science B D M
Information Science/Studies D M

Education
Education, General B

Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering B D M
Chemical Engineering B D M
Civil Engineering, General B D M
Computer Engineering, General B D M
Electrical and Electronics Engineering B D M
Engineering Mechanics B D M
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics B D M
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering B D M
Industrial Engineering B D M
Materials Engineering B D M
Mechanical Engineering B D M
Operations Research B D M

English Language, Literature & Letters
Creative Writing B
English Language and Literature, General B

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B
Comparative Literature B
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B
French Language and Literature B
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B
Italian Language and Literature B
Linguistics B
Portuguese Language and Literature B
Russian Language and Literature B
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B
Spanish Language and Literature B

History
History, General B

Mathematics & Statistics
Applied Mathematics B D M
Mathematics, General B
Statistics, General B

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Mathematics and Computer Science B
Medieval and Renaissance Studies B
Sustainability Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religious Studies
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemical Physics B
Chemistry, General B
Geology/Earth Science, General B
Materials Science B D M
Physics, General B

Psychology
Psychology, General B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Archeology B
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics B
Economics, General B
Political Science and Government, General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies/Affairs B

Visual & Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation B
Dance, General B
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General B
Film/Cinema/Media Studies B
Jazz/Jazz Studies B
Music, General B
Visual and Performing Arts, General B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Cross-Registration

Double Major

Internships

Liberal Arts/Career Combination

Teacher Certification

Independent Study

Accelerated Program

Cooperative Education

Dual Enrollment of High School Students

Student-Designed Major

Visiting/Exchange Student Program

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

ROTC Available

ROTC, Navy

Extended Class Availability

Extensive evening or early morning classes

Computer Services

460 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Dorms, Libraries, Student Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Student web hosting available

Wireless network available

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Medium-sized

Unique Facilities : art and architecture galleries, cinemas, theaters, geological observatory, interactive graphics laboratory, telecommunications research center, plasma laboratory, materials laboratory, astronomical observatory

Very Large City

Urban

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 6,298

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 1,392

Degree-seeking undergrads : 6,298

Graduate enrollment : --

Student General Information

All students average age : 20

Full time students average age : 20

In state students : 21.0%

Out of state students : 79.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 3.0%

American Indian/Alaskan Native : 1.0%

Black African American : 9.0%

Asian : 21.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 13.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 2.0%

White : 33.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 17.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

20.0% Men who Join Fraternities

14.0% Women who Join Sororities

Student Newspaper : Columbia Spectator

Student Newspaper URL : https://www.columbiaspectator.com/

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 100.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 92.0%

Housing Options

Wellness Housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Theme Housing

Coed Housing

Fraternity/Sorority Housing

Additional Housing Options

Car is not allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Lions

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Club

Intercollegiate

Intramural

NCAA Division I

NCAA Division IAA

Counseling And Wellness

Career counseling

Employment services for undergraduates

Health services

Personal counseling

Placement services for graduates

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Chaplain/spiritual director

Economically disadvantaged students services

Financial aid counseling

Minority students services

Women's services

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Academic Support Programs

Tutoring

Pre-admission summer program

Study skills assistance

Writing center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

Y

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

Y

Fraternities

Y

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

Y

Model United Nations

Y

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

Y

Pep Band

Y

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

Y

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

Y

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Archery

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Club

Women's Club

Badminton

Men's Club

Women's Club

Baseball

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division I

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Diving

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Equestrian

Men's Club

Women's Club

Fencing

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's NCAA Division I

Field Hockey

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's NCAA Division I

Football

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division IAA

Football(non-tackle)

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Golf

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Ice Hockey

Men's Club

Women's Club

Judo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Lacrosse

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Racquetball

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Rowing (Crew)

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's NCAA Division I

Rugby

Men's Club

Women's Club

Sailing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Skiing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Softball

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's NCAA Division I

Squash

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Swimming

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Table tennis

Men's Club

Women's Club

Tennis

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Track: Indoor

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Track: Outdoor

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Triathlon

Men's Club

Women's Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Club

Women's Club

Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Water Polo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Wrestling

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division I

Other Sports : Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Goju-Ryu Karate, Kendo, Naginata, Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ballroom Dance, Swing Dance, Cycling, Whitewater Kayaking, Road Runners


Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: Not reported

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 42,569

Admitted : 2,245

Enrolled : 1,392

Most selective 5.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : 4,461

Admitted early admission : 720

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --

Plan Available for early admission : Early decision



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Application Essay

Character/Personal Qualities

Class Rank

Extracurricular Activities

Recommendations

Rigor of secondary school record

Standardized Test Scores

Important

Talent/Ability

Considered

Alumni Relation

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

Interview

Racial/Ethnic Status

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Considered if submitted: SAT Subject Tests

Required: SAT or ACT

Test Policies for placement

AP

Institution's own exam

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Other Test Policies

Students may self-report their test scores on their application; Columbia will verify scores for all enrolling students.

A note from the college

Admission is highly selective using a holistic review process. Admission is not based on a simple formula of grades and test scores. Instead, a variety of factors are considered: academic record, extracurricular interests, intellectual achievements and personal background.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 96.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 79.0%

600 - 699 : 20.0%

500 - 599 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 90.0%

600 - 699 : 9.0%

500 - 599 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 97.0%

24 - 29 : 3.0%

ACT Math

30 - 36 : 83.0%

24 - 29 : 17.0%

ACT English

30 - 36 : 96.0%

24 - 29 : 4.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : No

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : No

From the college: Students who take AP courses also take corresponding exams administered by the College Board. AP exam scores range from 1 to 5, and a score of 3 or above is considered passing and generally qualifies students to receive college credit.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

History

3

4

English

4

0

Math

3

4

Science

3

4

Science Lab

3

4

Foreign Language

3

4

Academic Electives

3

4

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 66.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 45.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

740 - 800

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

710 - 770

ACT Composite

32 - 35


AP & Admission Policy

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By semester credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

Biology

5

3*

--

All

Calculus AB

4

3

--

All

Calculus BC

4

3

--

All

5

6

--

All

Chemistry

4

6*

--

All

Comparative Government and Politics

5

3

POLS UN1201

All

Computer Science A

4

3

COMS W1004

All

English Language and Composition

5

3

--

All

English Literature and Composition

5

3

--

All

European History

5

3

--

All

French Language and Culture

4

--

--

All

5

3

--

All

German Language and Culture

4

--

--

All

5

3

--

All

Latin

4

--

--

All

5

3

--

All

Macroeconomics

4

4

ECON UN1105

All

Microeconomics

4

4

ECON UN1105

All

Music Theory

4

3

--

All

5

3

--

All

Physics 1

4

6

--

All

Physics 2

4

6

--

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

4

3

--

All

Physics C: Mechanics

4

3

--

All

Spanish Language and Culture

4

--

--

All

5

3

--

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

4

--

--

All

5

3

--

All

Statistics

5

3

--

All

United States Government and Politics

5

3

POLS UN1201

All

United States History

5

3

--

All

*Check with the related academic department at the college for more information.


Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 100.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 100.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 53.0%

% Judged to have need : 95.0%

% that were offered aid : 95.0%

% that had need fully met : 94.0%

% of need met : 100.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $60,566.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $56,829.00

Avg need-based loan : $2,755.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Jessica Marinaccio

Financial aid office phone : (212) 854-3711

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

Noncustodial (divorced/separated) Parents Statement

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Noncustodial Profile

Other: Parent and Student Income Tax Forms

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Work Study Programs

Nights

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

External finance company

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$62,141.00

$62,141.00

$62,141.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$62,141.00

$62,141.00

$62,141.00

Room and board:

$15,130.00

--

--

Books and supplies:

$1,318.00

$1,318.00

$1,318.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$2,220.00

--

--

Transportation expenses:

--

--

--

Estimated Total In-state:

$80,809.00

$63,459.00

$63,459.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$80,809.00

$63,459.00

$63,459.00

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: 24

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): --

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 64

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: 64

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 60

Admission Requirements (Required)

High School Transcript

College Transcript(s)

Essay or Personal Statement

Standardized Test Scores

Statement of good standing from Prior Institution(s)

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 3,108

Transfers admitted percentage: 5.0%

Transfers admitted: 176

Transfers enrolled percentage: 4.0%

Transfers enrolled: 140

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Transfers accepted as

Sophomore

Junior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Services for students transferring OUT of this school

Transfer advisor

Special Requirements

Previous college work, high school transcript, potential for contribution to campus life all considered. Two recommendations from college professors are required.

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: --

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $62,141.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $15,130.00

Room & Board(off-campus): --

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: --

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

Non-resident aliens must submit the following financial aid forms:

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 100

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser