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IPEDS ID: 190150
OPE ID: 00270700
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Columbia University in the City of New York
West 116 St and Broadway, New York, New York 10027
General information:  (212) 854-1754
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  26,957 (7,970 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  6 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty5,6421,712
Research and public service1,861127
Total graduate assistants-2,786
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$43,304$45,290$47,246$49,1384.0%
Books and supplies$1,020$1,040$1,040$1,17012.5%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,570$11,020$11,396$11,9785.1%
Off Campus
Room and board---$16,245 -
Other---$2,435 -
Off Campus with Family
Other---$2,435 -
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$56,681$59,208$61,540$64,1444.2%
Off Campus$44,324$46,330$48,286$68,98842.9%
Off Campus with Family$44,324$46,330$48,286$52,7439.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid181957%————
Grant or scholarship aid70949%$28,927,406$40,800
Federal grants21915%$1,444,415$6,596
Pell grants21715%$979,079$4,512
Other federal grants1118%$465,336$4,192
State/local government grant or scholarships916%$326,662$3,590
Institutional grants or scholarships70449%$27,156,329$38,574
Student loan aid23716%$1,938,037$8,177
Federal student loans21715%$1,365,908$6,295
Other student loans483%$572,129$11,919
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,58859%$152,999,014$33,348
Pell grants1,68322%$7,409,483$4,403
Federal student loans2,07827%$22,737,026$10,942
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$19,073$21,274$20,740
  • Student aid data are pulled from three schools. Columbia College, the School of Engineering, and Applied Science have different financial aid policies than Columbia School of General Studies.
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$6,277$12,018$8,086
$30,001 – $48,000$4,124$6,719$3,514
$48,001 – $75,000$9,185$10,145$7,258
$75,001 – $110,000$15,887$15,741$16,621
$110,001 and more$36,846$36,551$37,510
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment26,957
Undergraduate enrollment7,970
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment571
Graduate enrollment18,987
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 93%
Part-time: 7%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 53%
Female: 47%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 17%
Black or African American: 7%
Hispanic/Latino: 14%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 39%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 14%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 82%
25 and over: 17%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 17%
Out-of-state: 66%
Foreign countries: 17%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 81%
Part-time: 19%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 99%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $85
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants31,85114,68617,165
Percent admitted7%8%7%
Percent admitted who enrolled60%59%61%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading690780
SAT Math700790
SAT Writing690780
ACT Composite3134
ACT English3235
ACT Math2935
ACT Writing810
  • Admissions and test score information are for Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. They do not enroll part-time students. Part-time undergraduate students are enrolled in Columbia's School of General Studies.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 97%
Part-time students: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 71 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 93%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 85%
6-year: 93%
8-year: 94%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 94%
Female: 93%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 98%
Black or African American: 87%
Hispanic/Latino: 90%
White: 95%
Two or more races: 87%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 84%
Non-resident alien: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural History and Criticism, General-9--
Architecture and Related Services, Other-35-0
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning-9835
Landscape Architecture-18--
Real Estate Development-88--
Category total1443367
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies2--0
African-American/Black Studies57--
American/United States Studies/Civilization158--
East Asian Studies1513-2
Ethnic Studies150--
Latin American Studies29-0
Near and Middle Eastern Studies---0
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)0---
Russian Studies---10
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies-2-2
South Asian Studies-2-0
Western European Studies-6-1
Category total5447-15
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Animal Genetics-000
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other0000
Biology/Biological Sciences, General6411516
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-101529
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other-2-3
Conservation Biology-14--
Genetics, General-065
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology-000
Microbiology, General-034
Pathology/Experimental Pathology-5410
Physiology, General-104
Category total16224084132
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science-67d--
Business Administration and Management, General01,1911415
Construction Management-34--
Information Resources Management-49d--
Marketing, Other-12--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-28--
Organizational Leadership-1--
Category total01,382d1415
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-11066
Category total-407616
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other-0--
Computer Science691601123
Information Science/Studies3---
Information Technology-44d--
Category total72204d1123
Education, General0---
Education, Other-154
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances--67
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation--31
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments--30
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--44
Mathematics Teacher Education--99
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education--35
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education--21
Category total013531
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering4226d12d20d
Chemical Engineering3227d10d11d
Civil Engineering, General4586d13d18d
Computer Engineering, General1626d--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering34206d16d24d
Engineering Mechanics1--0d
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics1617d4d0d
Engineering, Other0---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering2227d4d12d
Industrial Engineering263d0d1d
Mechanical Engineering6169d12d21d
Metallurgical Engineering00d0d0d
Mining and Mineral Engineering00d-0d
Nuclear Engineering---0d
Operations Research78250d8d13d
Category total349797d79d120d
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing33100--
English Language and Literature, General101301216
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)0---
Category total1341301216
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature0---
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General9325
Comparative Literature15--0
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-281111
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General---1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other0000
French Language and Literature141673
German Language and Literature2042
Italian Language and Literature1476
Latin Language and Literature0---
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other2019114
Portuguese Language and Literature0---
Russian Language and Literature0---
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General92055
Spanish Language and Literature15915
Category total85994842
Health Professions and Related Programs
Advanced General Dentistry---20
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist--12
Bioethics/Medical Ethics-7--
Dental Clinical Sciences, General-0--
Dental Public Health and Education---1
Environmental Health-2422
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-2400
Medical Informatics-000
Medical Scientist---6
Nursing Practice--13-
Nursing Science--46
Occupational Therapy/Therapist-59--
Physical Therapy/Therapist-060-
Public Health, General-3523-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse168183-5
Category total16866632848
History, General86422423
History, Other-14--
Category total86562423
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General-2725-
Legal Professions and Studies, Other-00-
Category total-272442-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies73--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies4--117
Category total113-117
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General361738
Mathematical Statistics and Probability-79--
Mathematics and Statistics, Other0---
Mathematics, General2816114
Statistics, General1321596
Category total773272318
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization1---
Behavioral Sciences--67
Dispute Resolution-37--
Mathematics and Computer Science5---
Nutrition Sciences-8024
Sustainability Studies-113--
Category total6230811
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science942--
Category total942--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science--11
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-27--
Category total-2711
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Islamic Studies-1--
Jewish/Judaic Studies00--
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other20---
Religion/Religious Studies119144
Category total80142412
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General15261720
Geology/Earth Science, General30111111
Materials Science9832
Physical Sciences, Other2634
Physics, General22211718
Category total83755658
Clinical Psychology--65
Counseling Psychology--74
Developmental and Child Psychology--22
Educational Psychology--1314
Industrial and Organizational Psychology--45
Psychology, General0000
Psychology, Other--97
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other1065610
Social Psychology--00
Category total10654747
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-415--
Social Work-4191612
Category total-8341612
Science Technologies/Technicians
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other0---
Category total0---
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development18153
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics67--
Economics, General226212926
International Relations and Affairs-274--
Political Science and Government, General156451722
Social Sciences, General-3104
Social Sciences, Other735-0
Urban Studies/Affairs23---
Category total5124398778
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation48351712
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-87--
Dance, General2---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General85432
Film/Cinema/Video Studies-13--
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-0--
Jazz/Jazz Studies0---
Music Theory and Composition--3-
Music, General141182
Visual and Performing Arts, Other4128--
Category total1132283116
Grand total2,1216,9581,382858
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined141143
Field Hockey21
Swimming and Diving3433
Other Sports24
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1921 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses5/3/1972 -  Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools(!)7/1/1923 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Endodontics12/9/1966 -  Accredited
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics12/9/1966 -  Accredited
Periodontics12/9/1966 -  Accredited
Prosthodontics12/9/1966 -  Accredited
Dental Assisting (DA)1/30/1998 -  Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs(!)7/1/1943 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Professional programs for the physical therapist1/1/1944 -  Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration11/10/2008 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2001 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/21/2004 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language4/30/2014 -  Accredited
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the certificate, master's, or doctoral degree level7/1/1979 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health (PHG) - Graduate schools of public health12/19/1946 -  Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1942 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations1010
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations700
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible4312
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)100
Aggravated assault143
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible226
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault121
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate2.9%2.7%
Number in default129115
Number in repayment4,3064,146
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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