Columbia University in the City of New York is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, and is the 5th oldest in the United States making it one of the country’s nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. Columbia’s main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain, and is one of only three United States universities to have been founded under such authority. After the American Revolutionary War, Columbia was briefly chartered as a state entity from 17841787. The university now operates under a 1787 charter that places the institution under a private board of trustees.
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. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. 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.
Undergraduate education at Columbia is offered through Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies. Undergraduate programs are offered by two affiliated institutions, Barnard College and Jewish Theological Seminary. Columbia University provides post-graduate education through thirteen graduate and professional schools and a school of continuing education. Three affiliated schools also offer post-graduate programs.
Admissions and financial aid
Columbia University’s acceptance rate for the class of 2014 is 9.16%, making it the fourth most selective college in the United States by admission rate behind Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. The undergraduate yield rate is 59.7%.
Columbia is also a racially diverse school, with approximately 52% of all students identifying themselves as persons of color. Additionally, 50.3% of all undergraduates in the Class of 2013 will be receiving financial aid. The average financial aid package for these students exceeds $30,000, with an average grant size of over $20,000.
Undergraduate students in Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science with family income under $60,000 are not expected to pay tuition, room, board, and other fees. At the same time, all students who are eligible for financial aid (regardless of income), in lieu of loans, will be awarded University grants. However, this does not apply to international students, transfer students, visiting students nor students from the School of General Studies.
Starting in 2011, admissions to Columbia’s undergraduate colleges Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science will accept the Common Application. The policy change will make Columbia one of the last major academic institutions and the last Ivy League university to switch to the common application.
City of New York
New York, NY 10027-6902
Phone: (212) 854-1754
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