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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?

2,702 Undergraduate Awards
$53,491 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.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered 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.

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Columbia University in the City of New York Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Columbia is ranked #63 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #6 out of 149 schools in New York.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Columbia has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#201 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Columbia.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Mathematics & Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Construction Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Legal Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Columbia has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#28 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

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

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

$53,491 Net Price
11% Take Out Loans
1.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Columbia is $53,491. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

7,701 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,221 undergraduate students at Columbia, with 7,701 being full-time and 520 being part-time.

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

There are also 23,235 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,701 full-time undergraduates at Columbia, 52% are male and 48% 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 1,368
Black or African American 510
Hispanic or Latino 1,060
White 2,610
International Students 1,458
Other Races/Ethnicities 695

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 43 1,221 11 1,275
Computer Science 282 379 19 680
Statistics 34 560 6 600
Social Work 0 561 8 569
Public Administration 0 451 0 451
Economics 311 110 17 438
Operations Research 74 354 8 436
Law 0 0 432 432
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 373 3 376
Legal Research 0 306 3 309
Political Science & Government 237 41 15 293
Nursing 0 249 35 284
Public Health 0 273 7 280
Computer Information Systems 0 277 0 277
Journalism 0 264 0 264
International Relations & National Security 0 245 0 245
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 242 0 242
Electrical Engineering 30 190 19 239
History 123 61 19 203
Medicine 0 0 171 171
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 151 12 163
Sustainability Science 53 105 1 159
Child Development & Psychology 143 3 12 158
Writing Studies 31 123 0 154
Mechanical Engineering 60 87 6 153
General English Literature 96 24 20 140
Biomedical Engineering 49 68 19 136
Real Estate Development 0 131 0 131
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 114 12 126
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 57 68 125
Area Studies 71 48 0 119
Other Social Sciences 79 40 0 119
Civil Engineering 21 86 10 117
Chemical Engineering 31 69 8 108
Industrial Engineering 8 97 3 108
Information Technology 0 106 0 106
General Biology 60 22 21 103
Fine & Studio Arts 52 33 18 103
Natural Resources Conservation 8 93 0 101
Nutrition Science 0 86 5 91
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 89 0 89
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 64 12 12 88
Other Visual Art 58 29 0 87
Philosophy 62 13 6 81
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 81 0 81
Dentistry 0 0 79 79
Communication & Media Studies 0 74 4 78
Physics 33 30 15 78
Sociology 40 33 5 78
Mathematics 52 14 8 74
Geological & Earth Sciences 43 16 15 74
Health & Physical Education 0 67 3 70
Drama & Theater Arts 12 56 1 69
Environmental Engineering 16 40 10 66
Applied Mathematics 41 19 5 65
Urban & Regional Planning 0 55 8 63
Romance Languages 33 20 5 58
Anthropology 31 12 12 55
Materials Sciences 7 42 1 50
Chemistry 9 20 19 48
Music 25 14 8 47
Computer Engineering 19 24 0 43
Construction Management 0 42 0 42
Dispute Resolution 0 42 0 42
Classical Languages & Literature 24 10 6 40
East Asian Languages 0 30 9 39
Ethnic Studies 33 4 0 37
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 14 21 35
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 23 11 1 35
General Social Sciences 0 29 6 35
Engineering Physics 8 19 5 32
Other Health Professions 0 30 0 30
Religious Studies 10 18 2 30
Biotechnology 0 29 0 29
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 28 28
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 25 0 2 27
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 11 8 4 23
Astronomy & Astrophysics 13 3 7 23
Mathematics & Computer Science 20 0 0 20
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 19 0 19
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 17 0 1 18
Liberal Arts General Studies 16 2 0 18
Historic Preservation 0 18 0 18
General Architecture 13 0 3 16
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 16 0 16
Urban Studies 14 0 0 14
Germanic Languages 5 5 3 13
Architectural History 0 12 0 12
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 7 4 11
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 11 0 0 11
Genetics 0 7 3 10
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 10 0 10
Other Education 0 5 5 10
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 10 10
General Education 9 0 0 9
Special Education 0 0 9 9
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 4 4 8
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 4 3 7
Information Science 4 0 0 4
Education Philosophy 0 0 4 4
Other Physical Science 0 1 3 4
Other Psychology 0 0 4 4
Dance 4 0 0 4
Behavioral Science 0 0 3 3
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 3 0 3
Educational Administration 0 0 1 1
Engineering Mechanics 1 0 0 1
Communication Sciences 0 0 1 1
Landscape Architecture 0 0 0 0
Architecture (Other) 0 0 0 0
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0
Marketing 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0
Metallurgical Engineering 0 0 0 0
Mining Engineering 0 0 0 0
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0
Medical Science 0 0 0 0
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 0
Other Statistics 0 0 0 0
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 0 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,702 8,862 1,356 12,920

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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