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
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  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 ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 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 25 responses
Report
  • Extremely bright and motivated
    44%
  • All of the above.
    20%
  • Competitive
    20%
  • Diligent
    12%
  • Smart
    4%
  • Pressured
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
40%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.77 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.96 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Challenging
    59%
  • Passionate
    19%
  • Eye-opening
    7%
  • Fun
    7%
  • Boring
    4%
  • Forceful.
    4%

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%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses

Reviews

1,072 reviews
  • Excellent
    249
  • Very Good
    368
  • Average
    355
  • Poor
    55
  • Terrible
    45
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
  • 4 days ago
Columbia has a toxic environment, both due to the competitive nature between students and also because of the administration's lack of compassion for its students. There's a reason Columbia is considered one of the most depressing schools in the country.
  • College Sophomore
  • 21 days ago
Although I've been having a difficult time here, I know that for me this a great opportunity to challenge myself, learn and grow. I truly feel as though I'll be much more competent when I finally go out into the world.
  • College Junior
  • 1 month ago