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Columbia University in the City of New York Overview

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private not-for-profit institution located in New York, New York. The city atmosphere of New York makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Columbia University in the City of New York Known For?

7,592 Full-Time Undergraduates
$22,637 Avg Cost After Aid
7% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Columbia since the student to facuty ratio is 6 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Columbia is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Columbia.
  • In 2017-2018, 47% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Columbia bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $83,300 a year. That's about 104% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Columbia student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Columbia University in the City of New York Rankings

Columbia is ranked #32 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Columbia also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Columbia has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Columbia

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 1
Best Colleges for Diversity 11
Best Colleges 32
Best Colleges for Veterans 235
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 515
Best Colleges for the Money 700

Where Is Columbia University in the City of New York?

Location of Columbia University in the City of New York

Contact details for Columbia are given below.

Contact Details
Address: West 116 St And Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-1754
Website: www.columbia.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/columbia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/columbia

How Do I Get Into Columbia?

You can apply to Columbia online at: https://www.columbia.edu/content/admissions-offices

Admission Requirements for Columbia

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Columbia?

7% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
59% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Columbia is 7%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 7%, and the acceptance rate for women is 6%.

Average Test Scores

About 59% of students accepted to Columbia submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 780. Math scores were between 710 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbia University in the City of New York  ( 700 to 780 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Columbia University in the City of New York  ( 710 to 790 )
200
800
Columbia received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 35. Math scores were between 29 and 35. Composite scores were between 31 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Columbia University in the City of New York  ( 33 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Columbia University in the City of New York  ( 29 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Columbia University in the City of New York  ( 31 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford Columbia University in the City of New York?

$22,637 Net Price
11% Take Out Loans
1.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Columbia is $22,637. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Columbia

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,245 $3,409 $6,864 $14,421 $41,002

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Columbia, approximately 11% of students took out student loans averaging $9,845 a year. That adds up to $39,380 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Columbia is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Columbia University in the City of New York Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,592 Full-Time Undergraduates
46% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,170 undergraduate students at Columbia, with 7,592 being full-time and 578 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Columbia

There are also 22,284 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,592 full-time undergraduates at Columbia, 54% are male and 46% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Columbia

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Columbia University in the City of New York students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Columbia Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,367
Black or African American 570
Hispanic or Latino 998
White 2,718
International Students 1,340
Other Races/Ethnicities 599

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Columbia University in the City of New York. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 144 countries are represented at Columbia. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Columbia University in the City of New York

586 Took All Classes Online
1,724 Took At Least One Class Online
66.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,724 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Columbia has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Columbia

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Columbia University in the City of New York was 66.2%. This is the #426 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Columbia regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Columbia majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Applied Mathematics 12%
Biomedical Engineering 22%
Computer & Information Sciences 5%
Computer Science 5%
Environmental Engineering 14%
Materials Sciences 18%
Mathematics & Statistics 12%
Operations Research 6%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Columbia ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Columbia.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Biomedical Engineering #1
Operations Research #1
Industrial Engineering #1
Environmental Engineering #1
Materials Sciences #1
Physical Sciences #2
Applied Mathematics #2
Chemical Engineering #2
Civil Engineering #2
Mechanical Engineering #3
Electrical Engineering #4
Mathematics & Statistics #5
Management Information Systems #5
Communication & Media Studies #7
Computer Science #7
Engineering #9
Communication & Journalism #15
Computer Information Systems #17
Computer & Information Sciences #34
Business, Management & Marketing #133

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Columbia University in the City of New York Majors

In 2017-2018, Columbia University in the City of New York awarded 5,404 undergraduate degrees and 20,436 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 16 0
Anthropology 0 31 12 12
Applied Mathematics 0 41 19 5
Architectural History 0 0 12 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 242 0
Area Studies 0 71 48 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 13 3 7
Behavioral Science 0 0 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 17 0 1
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 19 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 114 12
Biomedical Engineering 0 49 68 19
Biotechnology 0 0 29 0
Business Administration & Management 0 43 1,221 11
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 14 21
Chemical Engineering 0 31 69 8
Chemistry 0 9 20 19
Child Development & Psychology 0 143 3 12
Civil Engineering 0 21 86 10
Classical Languages & Literature 0 24 10 6
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 28
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 74 4
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 1
Computer Engineering 0 19 24 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 277 0
Computer Science 0 282 379 19
Construction Management 0 0 42 0
Dance 0 4 0 0
Dentistry 0 0 0 79
Dispute Resolution 0 0 42 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 12 56 1
East Asian Languages 0 0 30 9
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 151 12
Economics 0 311 110 17
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 4
Educational Administration 0 0 0 1
Electrical Engineering 0 30 190 19
Engineering Mechanics 0 1 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 8 19 5
Environmental Engineering 0 16 40 10
Ethnic Studies 0 33 4 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 81 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 52 33 18
General Architecture 0 13 0 3
General Biology 0 60 22 21
General Education 0 9 0 0
General English Literature 0 96 24 20
General Social Sciences 0 0 29 6
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 3 0
Genetics 0 0 7 3
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 43 16 15
Germanic Languages 0 5 5 3
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 89 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 67 3
Historic Preservation 0 0 18 0
History 0 123 61 19
Industrial Engineering 0 8 97 3
Information Science 0 4 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 106 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 245 0
Journalism 0 0 264 0
Law 0 0 0 432
Legal Research 0 0 306 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 16 2 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 25 0 2
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 373 3
Materials Sciences 0 7 42 1
Mathematics 0 52 14 8
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 20 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 60 87 6
Medicine 0 0 0 171
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 4 3
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 23 11 1
Music 0 25 14 8
Natural Resources Conservation 0 8 93 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 64 12 12
Nursing 0 0 249 35
Nutrition Science 0 0 86 5
Operations Research 0 74 354 8
Other Education 0 0 5 5
Other Health Professions 0 0 30 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 11 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 1 3
Other Psychology 0 0 0 4
Other Social Sciences 0 79 40 0
Other Visual Art 0 58 29 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 4 4
Philosophy 0 62 13 6
Physics 0 33 30 15
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 7 4
Political Science & Government 0 237 41 15
Public Administration 0 0 451 0
Public Health 0 0 273 7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 10 0
Real Estate Development 0 0 131 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 57 68
Religious Studies 0 10 18 2
Romance Languages 0 33 20 5
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 11 8 4
Social Work 0 0 561 8
Sociology 0 40 33 5
Special Education 0 0 0 9
Statistics 0 34 560 6
Sustainability Science 0 53 105 1
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 10
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 55 8
Urban Studies 0 14 0 0
Writing Studies 0 31 123 0
Total 0 5,404 17,724 2,712

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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