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Columbia University

New York, New York

About Columbia University

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.

A Brief History
A brief history

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.

General info
General information

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.

5.8% (approx)

Acceptance Rate

1450 - 1560

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)
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Quick facts about Columbia

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Urban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 6,298 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 1,392 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 5.8%

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$60,000 USD

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How hard is it to get into Columbia?

Very! Columbia’s acceptance rate is below 6%.

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Notable alumni

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.

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