Columbia University

116th Street, New York City

Columbia University (Columbia; officially Columbia University in the City of New York), established in 1754, is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Columbia contains the oldest college in the state of New York and is the fifth chartered institution of higher learning in the United States, making it one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence. It was established as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain and renamed Columbia College in 1784 following the American Revolutionary War. The university has produced numerous distinguished alumni. In 2017 its undergraduate acceptance rate was 5.5%, which made it the third most selective college in the United States and the second most selective in the Ivy League. A 1787 charter placed the institution under a private board of trustees before it was renamed Columbia University in 1896 when the campus was moved from Madison Avenue to its location in Morningside Heights occupying 32 acres (13 ha) of land. Columbia is one of the fourteen founding members of the Association of American Universities and was the first school in the United States to grant the M.D. degree. The university administers the Pulitzer Prize annually. The university is organized into twenty schools, including undergraduate as well as graduate schools. The university also has several affiliates outside of the US, called Columbia Global Centers. The university has graduated many notable alumni, including five Founding Fathers of the United States, including an author of the United States Constitution and a member of the Committee of Five. As of 2011, there were 125 Pulitzer Prize winners and 39 Oscar winners, as well as three United States presidents. As of 2006, there were 101 National Academy members who were alumni.
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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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  • Mo A

    - 09 August 2018 -

    Columbia Univ. was a really prestigious place where it challenged me academically and at the same time gave me valuable experiences and social network. Not to mention, beautiful campus!

  • Samay Sahoo

    - 09 August 2018 -

    Absolutely beautiful campus that'll make you forget you're in the middle of NYC! The info session and campus tour were both really informative, enjoyable, and curated. The buildings all flow together and the old architecture is fascinating to behold.

  • Norbert MORIN

    - 02 August 2018 -

    A beautiful campus in the American style I went to New York at least sixty times and it was my first visit to Columbia. The fact that it is almost on the threshold of the Bronx is probably what made me hesitate to go there. I should not have waited so long! The Washington Heights main campus is easily accessible via subway line 1, 116th Street / Columbia University. This station, at the corner of Broadway, takes us out near the central alley that leads to the "Alma Mater" statue, the heart of the campus, located right in front of the library. In contrast, is the Faculty of Humanities (Humanities). As in most urban American campuses, greenery is ubiquitous. The buildings are imposing, neoclassical style. The Visitors Center is located in the library building. You can get a free map of the campus. During my visit, I was able to follow a group of visitors who benefited from the explanations of a student guide, opposite the Faculty of Humanities. The campus is really on the heights of Washington Heights, overlooking the Hudson River and Hudson Parkway (Route 9a). A little south of campus, at the corner of 112th Street and Amsterdam Ave is St. John The Divine Cathedral, which would be the world's largest cathedral, even unfinished as we are told it is. It's still to see.

  • Carter J Hall

    - 01 August 2018 -

    As I'm biased I work for Columbia University overall a great academic area with a abundant array of eateries in the area pleasant neighborhood with a variety of ethnicities and cultures.

  • Love Jain

    - 06 June 2018 -

    Columbia University has a very good atmosphere and has a very good reputation and the students were well respected. It has a big campus and Columbia University is highly recommended.

  • Brenda Davis

    - 06 June 2018 -

    Columbia provided me with an excellent foundation and confidence to think outside the box, take on new challenges and embrace learning. The School of Social Work provided me with the knowledge to become an accomplished clinician.

  • Audracy M

    - 30 May 2018 -

    Has a very good reputation nationally and internationally. Students are very well respected while traveling worldwide especially if wearing CU shirt. Highly recommended.

  • Shari B

    - 28 May 2018 -

    Im dissapointed w the school interview system of incoming freshman They choose so called school embasador to interview candidates As a parent dropping my son for the interview I politely introduced myself The woman w her low cut shirt would Not shake my hand and acted as if I have contagious disease Just because II wear a head scarf Does not mean you can disrespect me My son was accepted to Columbia but chose Not to go here The so called ambassador did not even graduate from Columbia U. As a NY school you need to train your reps to learn manners and respect diversity.

  • R. Michael Hunt

    - 09 May 2018 -

    Received a master's degree from Columbia. Wonderful memories of a comforting neighbourhood and a good school. Highly recommended experience.

  • Crazyforcookies withcream

    - 03 April 2018 -

    My mother went here. It's a beautiful place. I dream of getting in. I'm told by my teachers that I have the smarts, I just need to put more effort into my work. It's a great place and I really hope to major there in science one day.

Columbia University tours

Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

Spend Sunday morning in Harlem, the ethnically diverse borough of New York. You'll join a local church congregation and experience the soul-stirring power of gospel music on this special visit to one of New York City's most vital neighborhoods.

New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

Seated in comfort, experience all the sights of Manhattan from the air on a 17-20 minute helicopter flight. Enjoy bird's-eye views of top Manhattan attractions including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the World Financial Center, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis...

Harlem Gospel Sunday Tour

Get to know the history, heritage and soul of Harlem, the legendary neighborhood known internationally as the Black Mecca of the world. This explosion of cultural pride, defined as “Harlem Renaissance” derives its roots in 1890, when African Americans – after enduring centuries of...

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

See New York City like never before on this 28-30 minute helicopter tour. Capture views of iconic Manhattan attractions including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the World Financial Center, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge, and...

Revolutionary War Era Walking Tour

Experience the most magnificent town in North America. Your guide will weave a vivid and compelling tale of NYC life in the 1770's. Filled with people from different places, speaking different languages and practicing different religions, NYC was the blueprint for the nation’s future.

Harlem Walking Tour

Discover the gems of Upper Manhattan as a local guide takes you through the neighborhood of Harlem. Take the subway to Columbia University and walk to the Cathedral of St John's the Divine, one of the biggest churches in the US. Admire Harlem from a hill and then cross Morningside Park to get to...

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