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Columbia University

Columbia University (officially “Columbia University in the City of New York”) is an elite, American Ivy League university located in New York City. World-renowned scientists, artists, musicians, actors, and professors have attended and many currently work for Columbia University. Columbia is recognized for both its excellent academic programs and student organizations. It is the oldest university in the State of New York and the fifth oldest higher education institution in the United States–founded in 1754 before the American Revolution.

In addition to its main campus in New York City, the university operates “Columbia Global Centers”, which conduct research in an ongoing effort to establish an international research university. The centers are located in Beijing, China; Amman, Jordan; Istanbul, Turkey; Mumbai, India; Paris, France; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; and Santiago, Chile.

Columbia University offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in various academic fields and disciplines, including performing, fine, and liberal arts; the physical and biological sciences; the social sciences; and the humanities. Some of Columbia’s world-renowned graduate-level degree programs include Classics, Film, Law and Civil Engineering. Degrees are offered and administered through one of Columbia’s twenty academic schools.

The medical school located at Columbia is one of the best in the nation. Medical students have the option of specializing in Psychiatry, Neurology, General Medicine or Otolaryngology.

There are over 150 student organizations located on campus to accommodate various interests. Since it’s located in New York City, Columbia students have access to world famous theaters, restaurants, and stores.

Columbia University is very selective, only 10 percent of people applying to Columbia get accepted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts, 2-3 letters of recommendations, entrance exam scores, and an application essay. Columbia’s graduate programs each have their own admission requirements.

Financial aid is available at Columbia. Federal Pell grants and loans are available to students who qualify. Columbia also provides scholarships and work-study programs.

Admission Office
116th Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-2522
Fax: (212) 854-1209
ugrad-ask@columbia.edu
Contact: Jessica Marinaccio
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
116th Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-2522
www.columbia.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 5,667
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,356
Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,667

Setting
Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $37,224 $39,326 $41,316 $43,304 +4.81%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,300 $1,020 -21.54%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,938 $9,980 $10,228 $10,570 +3.34%
Other $1,100 $1,100 $1,450 $1,787 +23.24%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $49,262 $51,406 $54,294 $56,681 +4.40%
In-state Off Campus $38,224 $40,326 $42,616 $44,324 +4.01%
In-state with Family $38,224 $40,326 $42,616 $44,324 +4.01%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $36,460
In-state Student Fees $1,612
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $36,460
Out-of-state Fees $1,612

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 780 57%
Grant or scholarship aid 647 47% $21,528,485 $33,274
• Federal grants 207 15% $1,151,239 $5,562
• Pell grants 179 13% $683,115 $3,816
• Other federal grants 185 13% $468,124 $2,530
State/local government grant or scholarships 117 9% $462,264 $3,951
Institutional grants or scholarships 638 46% $19,914,982 $31,215
Student loan aid 240 17% $2,130,187 $8,876
• Federal student loans 224 16% $1,131,860 $5,053
• Other student loans 46 3% $998,327 $21,703

All Degrees and Programs

BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2217 6017 1290 728
Architecture and Related Services 14 504 2 4
Architecture 14 180 2
Architecture and Related Services, Other 16
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 292 4
Landscape Architecture 16
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 62 50 21
African Studies 5
African-American/Black Studies 3 6
American/United States Studies/Civilization 16 14
East Asian Studies 24 16 2
Ethnic Studies 8 1
Latin American Studies 3 6
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 2
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign) 3
Russian Studies 11
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 1 5
South Asian Studies 1
Western European Studies 5 1
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 128 178 90 98
Anatomy 1
Animal Genetics
Biochemistry 20 3 11 2
Bioinformatics 14 6 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 52 16 14 21
Biometry/Biometrics
Biophysics 3
Biostatistics 30 3 6
Biotechnology 19
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 4 10 11
Conservation Biology 11
Ecology 1 7 3
Epidemiology 61 5 12
Genetics 3 7 11
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology 1 6 6
Neuroscience 53 8 13 21
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 4 2 1
Pharmacology 3 3 1
Physiology 2 1
Toxicology
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1217 18 10
Actuarial Science 27
Business Administration and Management 1096 18 10
Construction Management 24
Information Resources Management 54
Non-profit/Public/Organizational Management 16
Communication and Journalism Programs 403 3 13
Journalism 309 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 94 3 4
Computing and Information Sciences 41 154 17 19
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer Science 41 139 17 19
Information Technology 15
Education 3 6 26 27
Education 3
Education, Other 6 6 7
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 5 4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 3 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments
Educational Leadership and Administration 1 1
Mathematics Teacher Education 5 4
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 4
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education 4 5
Engineering 333 558 84 81
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 43 29 19 19
Chemical Engineering 36 18 11 8
Civil Engineering 51 55 5 14
Computer Engineering 5 23
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 28 82 19 20
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 8 17 4
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 15 21 5 3
Industrial Engineering 23 109 1 1
Mechanical Engineering 43 53 12 11
Metallurgical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Research 81 151 8 5
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 165 125 18 15
Creative Writing 27 92
English Language and Literature 138 33 18 15
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 114 76 26 31
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5 2 1 1
Comparative Literature 14 1
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 28 5 9
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature 23 17 3 2
German Language and Literature 11 3 2
Italian Language and Literature 3 3 2
Latin Language and Literature
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 20 10 5 10
Portuguese Language and Literature 1
Russian Language and Literature 1
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4 15 3 4
Spanish Language and Literature 32 1 4 2
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 191 525 331 42
Advanced General Dentistry 14
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/Pathologist 1 1
Dental Clinical Sciences
Dentistry 78
Endodontics/Endodontology 7
Environmental Health 32 3 2
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 5 1
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Medical Informatics
Medical Scientist 4
Medicine 167
Nursing Practice 16
Nursing Science 8 7
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 48
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 7
Periodontics/Periodontology 2 3
Physical Therapy/Therapist 43
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology 4
Public Health 266 10
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 191 166 3
History 167 45 20 24
History 167 37 20 24
History, Other 8
Human Services 709 4 12
Public Administration 304
Social Work 405 4 12
Legal and Law Studies 277 440
Advanced Legal Research/Studies 277 10
Law 430
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 18 2 91
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 7 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 11 91
Library Science
Library and Information Science
Mathematics and Statistics 93 269 20 33
Applied Mathematics 32 15 3 13
Mathematical Statistics and Probability 80
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics 53 13 12 11
Statistics 8 161 5 9
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 7 90 8 4
Ancient Studies/Civilization 4
Behavioral Sciences 1 1
Dispute Resolution 24
Mathematics and Computer Science 3
Nutrition Sciences 66 7 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 14 38
Environmental Science 14 38
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 20 1 1
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 20
Physical Sciences 65 70 51 58
Astronomy 1 4 5
Astrophysics 5
Chemistry 4 13 21 26
Geology and Earth Science 37 9 13 10
Materials Science 4 14 1 4
Physical Sciences, Other 2 2
Physics 14 28 11 16
Psychology 112 9 40 45
Clinical Psychology 9 8
Counseling Psychology 7 12
Developmental and Child Psychology 1
Educational Psychology 12 12
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 4 3
Psychology 112 9 6 6
Psychology, Other 2 3
Social Psychology
Social Sciences 560 491 60 75
Anthropology 62 18 16 17
Development Economics and International Development 15 6 2 4
Economics 236 24 16 27
International Relations and Affairs 369
Political Science and Government 196 40 13 11
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Other 24 2
Sociology 30 10 13 14
Urban Studies/Affairs 21
Visual and Performing Arts 130 201 31 24
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 58 33 14 18
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 70
Dance 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 8 48 4 2
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 15
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Jazz/Jazz Studies 3
Music Theory and Composition 4
Music 21 10 9 4
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 39 25

Above data represents first majors only.

(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $70
Online application fee: $70
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 10%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 99%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Completion of college-prep program: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Recommended

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 26,179
Percent Admitted: 10%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled: 56%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 690 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 700 (25th Percentile)
  • 790 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 690 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 31 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 31 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 8 (25th Percentile)
  • 10 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Central/Eastern European Studies B
Chinese Studies B
East Asian Studies B
European Studies B
French Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Italian Studies B
Japanese Studies B
Korean Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Polish Studies B
Regional Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Slavic Studies B
Spanish/Iberian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biophysics B
Ecology B
Environmental Biology B
Evolutionary Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B

Education
Education – General B

Engineering
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Mechanics B
Environmental Engineering B
Geological Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B
Metallurgical Engineering B
Mining/Mineral Engineering B
Operations Research B

Engineering Technologies
Engineering/Industrial Management B

English Language & Literature
American Literature B
Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
English Literature (British) B

Foreign Language & Literature
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages B
Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
East Asian B
French B
German B
Germanic Languages B
Greek, Ancient B
Greek, Modern B
Italian B
Japanese B
Korean B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Slavic B
Spanish B

History
History – General B

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemical Physics B
Chemistry B
Geochemistry B
Geology B
Geophysics/Seismology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B

Psychology
Psychology – General B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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