Columbia University, or simply Columbia, the official name is Columbia University in the city of New York — a private research university of New York, one of the most famous and prestigious Ivy League universities of the USA. The University is located in Manhatten and occupies 6 quarters (13 ha).



The University was founded as King’s College in 1754. In 1912, the University status was assigned to it.

Among the honorary alumni of the University, five are the so-called Founding Fathers of the United States, 29 Oscar Winners, 29 heads of state (including three presidents of the USA), nine judges of the Supreme Court of the United States. 104 Nobel Laureates studied, taught or went into the research and scientific activities at the University. The Columbia School of Journalism awards one of the most prestigious prizes in journalism – the Pulitzer Prize. More than 100 alumni of the university became its laureates (Columbia University takes the 2nd place in the world after Harvard on this point).

Notable alumni:

Jack Kerouac – an American writer

Arthur Garfunkel – an American signer

Allen Ginsberg – an American poet

Why Columbia University?


  • 10th place in the rating of the best world universities (QS World University Rankings 2012);
  • The campus of the University occupies 6 quarters (13 ha) in Manhatten – the prestigious district of New York;
  • The highest quality of education and scientific research;
  • There are 94 Nobel Laureates, 101 Pulitzer Prize winners, 9 judges of the Supreme Court, 20 billionaires and 29 heads of state, including three US presidents – Barack Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, are among the alumni and professors of the university;
  • Active social life (more than 250 student unions, communities and organizations), a wide choice of sporting and creative activities, and out-of-class academic events;
  • Living in a contemporary residence within the whole period of study;
  • Excellent career prospects (95% of the alumni find a worthy job within half of a year after graduation).


  • Number of applications – 34,929, number of enrolled – 2,419 (6,9%);
  • Total number of students – 27,606 persons, among them 7,934 are admitted for the bachelor programs, 5,393 – for the master’s degree and 12,090 students follow the special professional programs;
  • About 50% of the enrolled have the following results of tests: SAT (2150 – 2320) and ACT (32 – 35);
  • 98% of the admitted students were among 10% of the best pupils at school;
  • The most popular fields of study are as follows: science (27%), arts and humanities (24%), social sciences (22%), engineering (23%);
  • Near 17% of the students are the foreigners who arrived from 57 countries of the world. The major part of them came from South Korea, Canada, India, China, Great Britain, Singapore, Mexico, France, Brazil, Australia, Thailand and Turkey;
  • Columbia University is one of 14 founding members of the status Association of American Universities.

Faculties and specialties

  • Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Law
    • Economics and Trade
    • Surgery and General Therapy
    • Healthcare
    • Journalism
    • International Relations
    • Architecture and Urban Planning
    • Arts
    • Social Work
    • Pedagogics

The approximate cost of study per year

The University accepts only 6.9% of all the applications.

The cost of education depends heavily on the chosen specialty and makes $45,290 at average.

Entrance requirements


  • High school graduation certificate and the transcript of records;
  • Transcript of records for the latest 4 years of study;
  • Test results of SAT (2150 – 2320) or ACT (32 – 35);
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests;
  • 2 academic recommendation letters;
  • Confirmation of the English level -TOEFL 100 or IELTS 7.0;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Essay;
  • Interview (upon the decision of the University);
  • Portfolio – for the creative specialties.

Official deadline for submission of all the documents – January 1st.

Campus life

The residence is guaranteed to the students within the first four years of study. The freshers live in the dormitories, situated around South Lawn. The seniors can choose between dormitories and 1- or 2-room apartments. The University provides residence within the academic year from September till the mid-May.

The University publishes one of the oldest student newspapers – the Columbia Daily Spectator, the monthly literary magazine The Blue and White, published since 1890, three political magazines: The Current, Columbia Political Review and Columbia Political Union.

Two student radio stations broadcast on the territory of the campus – WKCR-FM and CTV, the first of which is the oldest radio station of the United States.

Music, theatre and art
The Columbia University Orchestra was created in 1896 by the American piano player and composer Edward MacDowell, which is the oldest continuously acting orchestra of the USA today. There are several theatre groups acting at the university, including King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe, Columbia Musical Theatre Society, Black Theatre Ensemble, Columbia University Performing Arts League and other.



Sports for men    Sports for women 
American football
Swimming and diving
Trail orienteering
Grass hockey
Trail orienteering
Swimming and diving


The completely integrated research library, counting more than 10 million books, over 100,000 magazines and publications, a vast collection of electronic manuscripts, periodicals, rare books and microfilms is at the students’ disposal. The Library is justly considered to be among the best in the country.