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Columbia University

New York, United States
Estd. 1968
Rank: #8
private University
130 Courses Available

Facts about Columbia University

  • S. News and World Report Rankings ranked it 8thin world universities.
  • The university offers courses in engineering, dentistry, journalism, business, arts, etc.
  • Columbia scientists and scholars have played an essential role in major scientific breakthroughs like brain-computer interface, magnetic resonance, etc.
  • The university's research includes the Goddard Institute for Space Studies Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and accelerator laboratories and ties with technology companies like IBM.
  • In 2018 it was seen as the largest of any academic institution in terms of its endowment value.

Columbia University Highlights

Established in


QS Ranking


Total international students


Size of Campus

299 acres



Valuation (yearly)

$10.87  billion

No. of campuses


Acceptance rate




116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States


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Scholarship at Columbia University(2 Available)
Shardashish Interschool Fellowship(Columbia University)
Scholarship AmountRs 3,470,500.00
Course ApplicableEngineering
MBA Scholarship(Columbia University)
Scholarship AmountRs 2,082,300.00
Course ApplicableBusiness and Management

Admission Procedure

How to apply to Columbia University?

The necessary procedures for all the courses are the same with slight differences for each course

  • Columbia accepts Coalition application or common application, which must include autobiographical content, a list of student achievements, SOP.
  • Secondly, the student needs to submit official transcripts of secondary school/ high school records.
  • Some of the courses require SAT/ACT scores; the proofs of these scores are required henceforth.
  • The last requirement the university asks is a letter of recommendation from your high school or college.

Admission Requirements for Columbia University

List of documents required for UG

Undergraduate Documents

Undergraduate Certificates (10+2)  scores

High School Transcripts

Proof of English Proficiency


TOEFL: 100 / 600

SAT/ ACT scores

Financial documents/ bursary funds

Letter of Recommendation (LOR)

Statement of Purpose (SOP)

List of documents required for PG

Postgraduate Documents

Undergraduate Certificates (10+2)  scores

High School Transcripts

Bachelor's degree scores

Proof of English Proficiency


TOEFL: 100 / 600

SAT/ ACT scores

Financial documents/ bursary funds

I – 20 visa

Letter of Recommendation (LOR)

Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Masters at Columbia University

The university offers nine courses in masters. Some of the subjects are computer science, electrical engineering, applied analytics, civil engineering, biomedical engineering, earth resource engineering, materials, science engineering, etc. The duration of the courses ranges from 1 year to 2 years. The fee ranges from 23L to 50L. These courses can be obtained part-time and online.

Bachelors in Columbia University

The university offers eight courses majorly. Some of the subjects they offer are computer science, chemical engineering, astronomy, applied physics, architecture, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering. The duration of the courses ranges from 3 years to 4 years. The fee ranges from 30L to 39L. It is suggested that the students pursue these courses physically because it would give them good practical knowledge.

MBA at Columbia University

The university offers four courses in MBA. Some of the subjects they offer in MBA are full time, executive, financial economics, applied analytics. The duration of the courses ranges from 1 year to 2 years. The fee ranges from 50L to 80L. The MBA courses at Columbia University are known for its quality education; hence many students come here to pursue an MBA.

Requirements & Eligibility
Business and Management
Computer Science and IT
Fine Arts
Social Science
Important Deadlines
Area of StudyPGUG
Business and Management15/Nov30.june
Computer Science and IT15/Nov30.june
Fine Arts30.june30.june
Social Science30.june30.june
Life at Columbia University

Student Life

Life at Columbia University

  •  The Columbia Daily Spectator is the oldest student-run newspaper and the Blue and White magazine since the 1890s
  • There are many other student magazines and newspapers called The Journal of Philosophy, The Fed which you can contribute in.
  • There is a campus radio where many undergraduates and graduates work and participate; it is called WKCR-TV and CTV.
  • The university is a part of NCAA, and has varsity teams for 29 sports. The varsity teams have won several awards for their matches.
  • There are many student clubs and events like debates and MUN, UN models, etc.

Accommodation at Columbia University

There is on-campus housing available for all the students. The university gives guaranteed housing service for around 4 years.

Columbia University On-campus Accommodation  

  • There are more than 10 residence halls on – campus which students can opt for.
  •  There are also good options available for off-campus residences on their official website.
  • There is good amenities for the on-campus residence halls like laundry, tv, wifi etc.
  • The average rate of housing is $2726 per term.
  • Around 19 residence halls are designated for undergraduates.

Columbia University Off-Campus Accommodation

  • The average rent of the apartments range from $1,200 to 1,300 / month
  • Students have a choice to live in the apartments under single occupancy, double occupancy, triple occupancy.
  • The basic amenities like electricity, wifi, tv, gas, laundry in the rent amount.
  • Some of the websites where students can look up to are,
  • The price range of the apartments varies from location to location.

Key Attractions

The university is centuries old and millions of students have passed out from this college with flying colours. The university has some interesting traditions which they follow for many years.

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony is a tradition that was first introduced in 1998. The trees are illuminated at the college walk in front of Kent and Hamilton Halls.
  • The varsity show is the oldest tradition of Columbia University which is an annual musical written and organized by the students.
  • The University has a splendid underground tunnel system.
  • There are more than 22 libraries on the campus.
  • The Columbia Queer Alliance is one of the oldest LGBT support student organizations since 1967, they represent the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning student population.

Career at Columbia University

Columbia is one of the best universities that has a lot of recruiting companies flushing in every year. All these companies absorb a huge number of students during their last year of graduation. The university also provides various facilities for students to guide them and shape their future.

Jobs after studying at Columbia University

There are many jobs if you’re studying in New York. It is the hub of employment, students and people from all around the world come to this city for employment. Some of the common job profiles in New York are

  • IT Manager
  • Business manager
  • Scientist
  • Medical Professional
  • Writer

Placements at Columbia University

The average placement rate is recorded as 95%. The top recruiting companies that come to Columbia University are intel, Siemens, Apple, Ford, Cisco, Motorola, Philips, American Express, IBM, HSBC, Bose. Columbia University helps the student to build their resume and what to include it for the companies. They also help the candidates for negotiating the right salary for themselves. Various Career Expos are organized at the university, which opens up excellent opportunities for the students.

Columbia University Notable Alumni

Colleges related to Columbia University

  • Barnard College
  • Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Teachers College
  • Union Theological Seminary
Living Costs
Accomodation1910 usd/month
Food400 usd/month
Entertainment300 usd/month
Utility126 usd/month
Travel116 usd/month
Miscellaneous200 usd/month
Coke/Soda1 usd/month
McDonalds8 usd/month
Colleges at Columbia University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers graduate degree specializing in liberal arts and sciences.

Columbia Journalism School

Journalism had grown recently in the latin america and the credit goes to one of the prominent schools in the columbia university. The college focuses on all the aspect journalism and media. It accepts hundreds of students from all around the world.

School of International and Public Affairs

School of International and Public Affairs offers education in international affairs and policies regarding public.

School of Social Work
Barnard College
  • Around 2,360 Undergraduate students with 375 staff.
  • It offers bachelor degree in around 50 areas of study.
  • Campus area around 4 acre.
  • College is a member of 7 sisters.
  • The admittance rate is around 13.7%.
College of Dental Medicine

Located in New York City, the College of Dental Medicine was established in 1916 and offers courses in dental sciences.

Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons was founded in 1767 is one of the most selective medical schools of USA due its acceptance rate. This institute has made compulsory for each student to do a four month scholarly project before graduation. The faculty in Vagelos College comprises of many Nobel laureates. It is also famous for its innovations methods in the field of cancer and other deadly diseases.

Episcopal Divinity School at Union

Episcopal Divinity School at Union is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

School of the Arts

Columbia University’s School of the Arts was established in 1948 and is located in Morningheight Hills, New York.

Columbia Law School

It is one of the most oldest institutes for law practicing in Columbia. Columbia Law school has helped the country judicial system to be reshaped as there are many aluminis which play an important role in the judicial system.

James Kent was the first professor of this law college. 

School of Nursing
Teachers College

Teachers College provides graduation courses in the field of health and psychology. Graduates of this college are awarded degrees from Columbia University. It has very strong alumni network which hold prominent positions in government and academia. This institute has its own press which is known for its publications in the field of psychology. It was ranked at 7 position in USA in 2018.

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation was established in 1887.

Columbia College
School of General Studies

School of General Studies, a graduate unit of Columbia University, was established in 1947.

Mailman School of Public Health

Mailman School of Public Health was established in the year 1944.

Columbia Business School

The college was founded in 1916 with the start of 61 students and 11 faculty members. The college has changed since past the 100 years and it has focussed its academics towards leadership quality of the students.

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science located in Manhattan, New York City was established in 1864.

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ADDRESS116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States
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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.
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