Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY 10027


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 29,372
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 8%
Student to faculty ratio 6:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 12,812 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Columbia University in the City of New York is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 37,009 applications and only 2,526 students were granted admission. Columbia University in the City of New York is at the #5 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 44% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 68% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1410 to 1590
ACT32 to 35

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Columbia University in the City of New York's tuition was $52,478 for all students regardless of residency (95.9% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 57% of Columbia University in the City of New York's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 17% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,649 (which is 5.7% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2016-2017, was 159, which is 11% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,698 (which is 3.3% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Columbia University in the City of New York has enrolled a total of 29,372 students (24,553 students full-time and 4,819 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 29,372 students, 628 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 49% men and 51% women and 8,124 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 21,248 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 149 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Non-resident alien: 33%

White: 33%

Asian: 12%

Hispanic: 8%

Black/African American: 5%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Two or more races: 4%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 23% 4,580
Legal Professions And Studies 9% 1,748
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 9% 1,737
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 8% 1,539 0
Engineering 6% 1,272 79
Social Sciences 4% 861
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4% 803 0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4% 755
Mathematics And Statistics 3% 646 0
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2% 416 22

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Columbia University in the City of New York full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Columbia University in the City of New York graduates 6 years after enrollment is $65,100. Last year, out of the total 2,897 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 2,549 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,998 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 2,638 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $65,100 $78,200
Employment Rate 88% 88%
Total Graduates 2,897 2,998

Campus Location

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