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New York, 2960 Broadway, United States
Age
founded in 1754
Size
6,170 students
Tuition
$48,600
Columbia University is a private (non-profit), four-year, graduate Coeducational College. It is not affiliated religiously.

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What Columbia University says:

Columbia's undergraduate curriculum combines the breadth of learning provided by general education courses with the solid mastery of a discipline achieved through a major. And, because Columbia is a great research university as well as a small liberal arts college, students with the will and ability to pursue their majors to the highest levels of scholarly sophistication are free to do so.

Application Basics

Semesters at Columbia University begin in early September and late January. Columbia University has an Early Action Program. Early Action applicants are usually looked upon more favorably and will receive decisions ahead of others. Columbia University has an Early Decision Program, the deadline is November 1. If accepted you are fully committed to this school and cannot choose other universities. This can be an advantage for you if Columbia University is your top choice, but students who have not yet fully decided should apply by the regular deadline. Admissions to Columbia University is need blind – this means that your financial circumstances have no impact on your chances of being admitted.
01/01
Deadline
Fall applications
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Admissions

American schools typically use a 4.0 grading system, this may differ considerably from what is used in your school and we strongly advise you to speak to a local counselor to better assess your chances of admission. For international students another key requirement is being able to prove your English language proficiency. All American universities accept the TOEFL exam and most now accept IELTS and PTE also. Columbia University asks for a minimum of 600 for paper-based TOEFL exams. Your counselor will be able to help you convert this to an internet-based TOEFL exam or an IELTS or PTE equivalent score. There are two standardized tests which are used to evaluate students’ preparedness for university-level studies, these are the SAT and the ACT. To be competitive, Columbia University applicants should aim for an SAT 1 Critical Reading section score range of 690 – 780 and a Math section score range of 700 – 790. With the ACT, students accepted to Columbia University generally score within a range of 31 – 34.

Tuition and Fees

Columbia University requires a non-refundable fee of $85 to submit your application. An application fee waiver may be available for students who can demonstrate a financial need. An advanced deposit is not required from international students who are offered admission. University fees can vary from time to time. We try hard to ensure that the data we present here is accurate, but you should speak to your counselor to ensure you receive up to date information.
$48,600
Undergraduate
Average Tuition

Degree Programs at Columbia University

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Education

2 courses
Education
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Engineering & Technology

2 courses
Architecture
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History/Theory of Architecture
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Humanities & Arts

45 courses
Ancient Studies
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Anthropology
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Archaeology
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Art History/Archaeology
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Art History/Visual Arts
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Classical Studies
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Classics
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Colloquium
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Comparative Literature/Society
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Contemporary Civilization/Literature Humanities
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Creative Writing
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Dance
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Drama/Theatre Arts
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Economics
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Economics/Operations Research
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Economics/Philosophy
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Economics/Political Science
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English
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English/Comparative Literature
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Film Studies
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French
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French/Francophone Studies
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German Literature/Cultural History
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Germanic Languages
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Human Rights
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Italian
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Italian Literature
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Jazz Studies
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Linguistics
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Middle Eastern/Asian Language/Culture
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Modern Greek
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Music
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Political Science
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Psychology
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Russian
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Russian Language/Literature
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Slavic Languages
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Sociology
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Spanish Language/Literature
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Spanish/Portuguese
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Urban Studies
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Visual Art
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Writing
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Yiddish
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Information Technology

1 courses
Computer Science
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Natural Resources Management

2 courses
Earth/Environmental Science
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Environmental Science
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Science & Mathematics

17 courses
Applied Mathematics
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Biochemistry
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Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
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Biological Sciences
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Biology
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Biophysics
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Earth/Environmental Science
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Ecology/Evolution/Environmental Biology
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Economics/Mathematics
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Economics/Statistics
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Environmental Biology
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Environmental Science
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Evolutionary Biology/Human Species
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Mathematics
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Mathematics/Statistics
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Political Science/Statistics
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Social Science

34 courses
American Studies
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Anthropology
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Archaeology
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Art History/Archaeology
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Art History/Visual Arts
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Asian American Studies
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Comparative Ethnic Studies
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Dance
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Drama/Theatre Arts
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East Asian Languages/Cultures
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East Asian Studies
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Economics
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Economics/Operations Research
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Economics/Philosophy
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Economics/Political Science
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Film Studies
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French/Romance Philology
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Hispanic Studies
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Human Rights
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Italian Cultural Studies
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Jazz Studies
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Latin American Studies
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Latino Studies
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Music
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Political Science
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Psychology
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Regional Studies/Africa
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Regional Studies/East/Central Europe
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Regional Studies/Latin America
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Russian Regional Studies
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Sociology
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Urban Studies
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Visual Art
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Women's/Gender Studies
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Other

5 courses
Computer Science/Mathematics
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Earth/Environmental Science
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Medieval/Renaissance Studies
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Neuroscience/Behavior
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Engineering & Technology

3 courses
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Architecture
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Campus and Accommodation

Columbia University has a 36-acre campus in New York City. Columbia University is a school that offers on-campus housing for its students, which is a big convenience for international students. The following types of residence halls are available to choose from: coed, female, male and international student. Columbia University has a 36-acre campus in New York City. Columbia University is a school that offers on-campus housing for its students, which is a big convenience for international students. The following types of residence halls are available to choose from: coed, female, male and international student.
Library
Internet
IT Resources
94
%
Students
Live on
Campus

Teaching Quality

Pre Professional programs provide additional advising and preparation for students planning to pursue a career in The Professions. Taking these will help to ensure that you meet your professional goals in the respective fields. At Columbia University, the following Pre Professional programs are available.
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary science
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-optometry
Fields of Study
41%
Humanities & Arts
31%
Social Science
15%
Science & Mathematics
13%
Other
6:1
Student
Faculty
Ratio

Prospects

Another major consideration for students should be how likely are you to graduate on time, and what can you do after graduation. At Columbia University 89% of undergraduate students complete their studies successfully within four years. Notable alumni from Columbia University include Barack Obama, President of the United States; Edwin Armstrong, Inventor of FM radio; Julia Stiles, Actor.

International Student Life

At Columbia University, you will be sharing the campus with other international students from 88 countries including China, South Korea, Canada, India, Turkey, Brazil. As an international student at Columbia University, you will enjoy access to special support services such as Special counselors/advisors, International student center, Special orientation. These services are provided exclusively to Columbia University international students to ensure your successful transition to college life in the US and to help you make the best of your stay. Columbia University has a vibrant campus life which is enhanced by its 500 student clubs and organizations. As a student at Columbia University you are free to join any of these organizations to pursue academic, religious, athletic, and other interests with fellow students who share your passions. Athletics are a major part of US college life and are a fantastic way for international students to integrate with their American counterparts. Most institutions offer a variety of sports, and here at Columbia University, you can enjoy the following: basketball, dodgeball, flag football, racquetball, soccer, softball, volleyball.
Student Breakdown
2%
American Indian or Alaskan native
22%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Black or African American, Non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
13%
Nonresident Alien
35%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Other
88
represented
countries

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