Columbia University

1,072 reviews
  1. New York, NY
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  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 rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.91 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.81 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.81 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 44 responses
Report
  • Extremely bright and motivated
    34%
  • All of the above.
    25%
  • Competitive
    23%
  • Diligent
    9%
  • Pressured
    5%
  • Smart
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
42%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.96 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.117 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Challenging
    62%
  • Passionate
    20%
  • Eye-opening
    8%
  • Forceful.
    4%
  • Fun
    4%
  • Boring
    2%

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%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.52 responses

Reviews

1,072 reviews
  • Excellent
    249
  • Very Good
    368
  • Average
    355
  • Poor
    55
  • Terrible
    45
I am so glad I chose to attend Columbia University! My peers challenge and interest me (one guy in my class is 13 years old!) and not a day goes by that I do not engage in a meaningful and intellectually stimulating chat with my friends and floormates. I find that for the science courses, a lot is self study/dependent on how much YOU want to succeed; professors definitely don't hand out A's if you don't put in work outside of class. The class work is tough but it pays off when you do well and have great people to hang out with. Manage your time! The majority of students have four-day school weeks but tend to party on Thursday and Friday nights. Keep it to a minimum, choose one day to go out on the weekend but study the other three nights, it'll be worth it. I get all my assignments done by Saturday night so I can totally relax Sunday and explore the city or just sleep all day!
  • College Freshman
  • 12 months ago
I've been in and out of Columbia, but it really in a unique school, being ivy league full of hyperintelligent high achievers without feeling like a machine made to churn out sociopathic moneymakers. It loves the arts and it loves rebellion. Students are PASSIONATE and they won't just show off for a class -- so many people choose to start businesses, hold protests, make differences, make art, do whatever it is they love. I currently am CEO of 2 companies I founded -- a webzine for genderqueer issues and a clothing line. Only thing is I wish that it could be more relaxed. When I was a freshman, it felt competitive and uncomfortable for me, like students didn't want to learn as much s they just wanted to be impressive, so I dropped out and transferred to Pratt with a massive scholarship. I returned a few years later in the school of General Studies, which is way more flexible and easygoing, especially when it comes to the core curriculum. I think the rest of Columbia should gradually make its way towards operating more like GS.
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago
I transferred to Columbia from another college, and I must say that, foremost, Columbia provides a world class education. It is the driven, independent intellectual's dream school. It can seem cold at times, given its size, which means that students don't get as much personal attention and coddling as they would at a much smaller college. While I miss the small, intimate nature of my previous institution, the challenge and rigor of Columbia academics compensates for this. There are also brilliant, fascinating, kind people who go here, with good hearts.
  • College Junior
  • 6 months ago