Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. 

Top reasons to study here

  • For more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world.
  • The University recognizes the importance of its location and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis.
  • It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Law (2)
Education & Training (1)

About

History

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.

Education

Columbia offers a comprehensive array of academic programs. These include three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, a world-renowned medical center, four affiliated colleges and seminaries, twenty-six libraries, and nearly two hundred research centers and institutes.

Research

Columbia has more than 200 research centers and institutes, covering a wide range of interdisciplinary work such as climate response, data and society, neuroscience, next generation nano, fundamental science and precision medicine.

Career

Students at Columbia University have a wide range of options for employment, including work-study programs, part-time jobs in university departments, internships both on and off campus and teaching or research assistants. 

Columbia's Career Centers prepare graduating students to enter the job market, conduct recruiting events to match you with prospective employers and provide job searching resources for landing the career of your dreams.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2017
8 1
2016
9 -1
2015
8
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
8
2017
-
2016
-
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2018
14 2
2017
16 -1
2016
15
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2018
18 2
2017
20 2
2016
22
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

The Student Service Center is the front-facing office for the University Registrar and Student Financial Services assisting with an array of services for students, faculty, parents, and university administrators and partners. The SSC provides information and services around the following tasks; registration, cross registration, grading, ID development, ordering transcripts, certifications, apostille/notary process, diploma replacement and distribution, billing, payment plan, and tuition and fees. 

Housing services

Incoming students have guaranteed housing for up to four years based on their guaranteed housing status (for more information visit Loss of Guaranteed Housing within Guide To Living's Room Assignments and Room Transfers) and their admission standing. Housing options are varied – singles or suites, halls or brownstones – and depend on class year and availability.

All first-year students are housed on South Lawn, the heart of undergraduate life at Columbia. Proximity to Butler Library, Alfred Lerner Hall, John Jay Dining Hall and Columbia Health make these residence halls a convenient connection to the Columbia community.

Library services

The Columbia University Libraries are dedicated to the development of programs, services, spaces, and modes of engagement around technology in scholarship and research across its campuses. Together, these activities comprise a program of Digital Scholarship, which the libraries conduct through interactions in both physical and online venues. 

Medical services

Columbia Health advances the well-being of the Columbia University community and the personal and academic development of students.

Student Life

Campus life

We are a diverse, academic community of more than 40,000 students, faculty, and staff from across the nation and the world, living and learning on dynamic campuses in a great, global city.

Student clubs

The Office of University Life is your hub for University-wide student life information and initiatives.

  • Learn about Columbia resources. 
  • Join us for lively campus conversations on pressing issues in AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY and other forums and pop-up events.
  • Take a break with yoga on the lawns, Wellness Days, Columbia and StudyBreak, CU.
  • Help shape community citizenship at Columbia through workshops, task forces and working groups with students, faculty and administrators from across the University. You can step up and join the team leading the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative, as one option.

Student Reviews

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#ROAR2022
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Columbia university has met and exceeded all my expectations in every regard. It really is the best university in the best city in the world .
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Plenty to take advantage of
rated 4 out of 5 stars
I really appreciate the resources available to students at Columbia. From grant funding and fellowship opportunities to really intelligent and helpful faculty as well as study abroad opportunities, there are many avenues to support a student's intellectual growth and budding critical engagement with the world. That said, there isn't a strong sense of community on campus, which I think is a detr...
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Mailman School of Public Health
rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City is an amazing program, unlike any other! The first semester is spent in "the core" and you get a chance to learn about every aspect of public health. It lays an unmatched foundation for the semesters ahead. I am focusing on global health policy and have the opportunity to complete a six-month internship internationally ...

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