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
Computer labs are super accessible to students and there are many throughout both the Medical and the Morningside campus. The computers are usually in very good shape and software is always up-to-date. Printing is free for students, and the quota is fairly reasonable for undergrads based on the heavy coursework students have. Printing is easy, wherever there is a computer/computer lab/library, there will be a printer or two. If you are a Columbia student and you prefer to hang around with your laptop, that's not a reason to worry neither about printing as you can set up your personal device to print in the school's printers, this may vary a little for CU affiliates. Network is super reliable and decently fast, depend on campus location, usually libraries get the best reception. WIFI is free for everyone, even non-cu affiliates can access, just make sure to select the Columbia University network that does not have a lock next to!
  • College Senior
  • Apr 10 2013
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
  • 11 months ago
I was initially excited to attend Columbia because of its location and ostensible academic reputation. However, this tiny ugly little school which borders a very bad neighborhood in New York City has proven to be such a disappointment, I'm transferring out my senior year. I've had to many classes which are graded by T.A.'s that are completely unfamiliar with the material, to the point they actually look to students for the answers. Most of my classes exceed 100 students making the instructors completely inaccessible. Nobody gives a damn, especially the administration which is as corrupt as they get. Columbia is all about getting your money, and ripping you off with an inferior product. Worst of all, the campus is down right unsafe. Harassment seems to be the most common crime, but unless it is sexual harassment, the school will do absolutely nothing. As a student harassed by another student, I had to get a lawyer to resolve the issue, because the dean of Columbia College refused to follow his own rules as delineated in F.A.C.I.T.S., Columbia's policy guidebook given to all students. It is completely unacceptable that Columbia's unwillingness to do anything contributed to an atmosphere in which learning was impossible. This shameful excuse of a school is a national disgrace. You can obtain a far superior education at a fraction of the cost at your local community college. I can't wait to leave this dump!
  • College Junior
  • May 17 2012