Columbia University New York

New York, New York
4-year Private university


Columbia University is a private institution established in 1754 with urban setting located at New York. It is ranked 12 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Columbia is comprised of three undergraduate schools – Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of General Studies – as well as a number of graduate and professional schools, including the highly ranked Business School, Teachers College, Law School and College of Physicians and Surgeons. The university also has a well-regarded College of Dental Medicine and Graduate School of Journalism. Columbia offers a wide range of student activities, including 28 Greek chapters, and more than 90 percent of students live on campus. Columbia is affiliated with Barnard College for women, the Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

#12 in National Universities
Location New York, New York
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1754
Selectivity Very High
Size Medium
8,832 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Science Technologies/Technicians
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $65,524
Outstate Tuition Fee $65,524
Room and Board Fees --
$70,664 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


4% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$85 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition ApplicationQuestBridge Application

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

Your home language is English or, Your primary language of instruction at school has been English for the duration of your secondary school career.
You earned one or more of the following subsection scores:
650 or higher on either the Critical Reasoning or Writing sections of the SAT before March 2016
700 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the redesigned SAT (beginning in March 2016)
29 or higher on the English or Reading sections of the ACT

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$ Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$-- Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $77,411
--% Students with need received Financial Aid
--% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline February 15
Forms to be submitted CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, FAFSA, Institution's own financial aid form

Merit Scholarships

Not Available

Other Scholarships

Clifford and Siegfried Upton Scholarship
Total Worth --
Details This scholarship is intended to benefit the children, adopted children, and step-children of the employees of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (Boston-based), its subsidiaries, or successor companies. The minimum amount of the scholarship is $1,000 for a school year, and increased according to the needs of the candidate. This fellowship is available to graduate or undergraduate students. Required Documentation: Letter from employer verifying eligibility.
Paul Nichoplas Scholarship Fund
Total Worth --
Details This scholarship is to benefit a male or female student in area of the University who has attended college or university in Greece. It is available to graduate or undergraduate students for two years. Required Documentation: An affidavit or transcript.


8,832 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
99% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
88% Students graduate within 6 years