The oldest institution of higher learning in New York, Columbia University was founded in 1754 and remains one of the most well-regarded schools in the country. It was originally named King’s College, after its founder King George II of England. With an enviable list of graduates ranging from U.S. Supreme Court Justices to numerous heads of state as well as twenty schools and numerous affiliated institutions, students receive excellent academic training, whatever their major may be.
Most students receive some sort of financial aid, which recently shifted entirely to grants and away from loans for domestic students. Ranked one of the top research universities in the country, Columbia gave birth to the FM radio, the laser and witnessed the split of a uranium atom. It continues to produce top-notch research and encourages undergraduates to partake.
Other initiatives such as the Columbia University Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE) aim to foster entrepreneurship on campus. Both a great research university and small liberal arts college, Columbia offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn and explore at a high level of sophistication.
|Admissions Phone||212 854-2522|
|Codes||SAT: 2116 ACT: 2717 FAFSA: E00485 CSS Profile: 2116|
|Location||New York, NY; Large city|
|College Type||Private (nonprofit)|
|College Newspaper||The Columbia Daily Spectator|
|Enrollment||~6,000 undergraduate students|
|Popular Programs||Social Sciences, Engineering, Biology|
|Student Life||Students rave that at Columbia, they can enjoy the small campus atmosphere, or simply walk a few blocks and get lost in one of the most exciting cities in the world. With student organizations like the Philolexian society (a literary and debating club founded in 1802), a vibrant fraternity and sorority scene and the World Leaders Forum that brings in some of the most distinguished speakers in the world; there is no shortage of things to do on campus.|
|International||~10% of undergrads; TOEFL: Required; SAT or ACT: Required; Financial Aid Available|
|Crossover||Yale, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania|
|Other||Most Selective (~10% admitted), Early Decision, Common Application|
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