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Established in 1754, Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. The university is comprised of three undergraduate schools – Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of General Studies – as well as a number of graduate and professional schools, including the highly ranked Business School, Teachers College, Law School and College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Columbia University 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.
Columbia is a medium-sized, 4-year, private university. The New York City-based college is primarily a residential campus and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
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Very! Columbia’s acceptance rate is below 6%.
Columbia's departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, and Sociology are steeped in a tradition of intellectual distinction and social inquiry.
Columbia Engineering offers an unparalleled breadth of majors and minors, professional-level courses, hands-on design projects, and research and internships both in New York City and around the world.
Computer Science majors at Columbia study an integrated curriculum including areas with an immediate relationship to the computer, such as programming languages, operating systems and mathematics.
Biology majors are offered a plethora of choice including study in molecular biology, neurobiology, developmental biology, cell biology, structural biology, biophysics and chemical biology.
Columbia's Department of English and Comparative Literature offers offers a wide range of courses recognising traditional values in the discipline yet reflecting its changing shape.
Maths majors are exposed to all the main branches of modern mathematics; algebra, analysis, and geometry, as well as their subdivisions and hybrids such a number theory and differential geometry.
The exclusive Ivy League university has produced Supreme Court Justices, Oscar winners, billionaires and world leaders. Nobel-winning graduates include current U.S. president Barack Obama, physicist Isidor Isaac Rabi and biologist Richard Axel and economist Alvin E. Roth. Former US vice-president Al Gore (Peace Prize winner in 2007) attended Columbia as did acting siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.