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Columbia University

1,058 reviews
  1. New York, NY
  2. 4 Year
#14 in Best Colleges in America
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Columbia University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
Address
West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Columbia University Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
7%
SAT Range
1390-1570
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$20,838/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,142/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,307/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,210/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,143/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,050/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,496Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
  • All of the above.
    20%
  • Competitive
    20%
  • Diligent
    12%
  • Extremely bright and motivated
    44%
  • Smart
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
9%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.77 responses
Poll
2%
of students say almost everything on campus revolved around sports.96 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
  • Boring
    4%
  • Challenging
    59%
  • Eye-opening
    7%
  • Forceful.
    4%
  • Fun
    7%
  • Passionate
    19%

After Columbia University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses

Reviews

1,058 reviews
  • Excellent
    247
  • Very Good
    361
  • Average
    352
  • Poor
    54
  • Terrible
    44
We have OCR and we're in New York City so that puts us ahead of a lot of schools. You'll probably be fine.
  • College Sophomore
  • 1 month ago
I've come to realize that while many of the course offerings may seem somewhat rudimentary--a lot more intro classes than some schools--they are truly substantial. A very meat and potatoes approach to education, in a good way.
  • College Sophomore
  • 1 month ago
Columbia isn't for everyone, but the location and the pressure-cooker feel allow certain kinds of people to thrive.
  • College Sophomore
  • 1 month ago