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From understanding the forces of globalization to grasping life through the prism of a gene or a molecule to expressing human yearning through the arts, Columbia College challenges students to think critically and develop intellectual skills.

One of the world’s premier liberal arts colleges, Columbia College is distinguished by a singular, intensive Core Curriculum and provides all the benefits of a small college and all the reach of a great research university. Students have close contact with prize-winning and path-breaking faculty, a comprehensive advising system and a community where individuals are able to interact with their peers in a deep, meaningful way both inside and outside of the classroom. Students also benefit from close ties with the University’s renowned graduate and professional schools, including law, business, medicine, arts, journalism, and international and public affairs, all while being surrounded by the world’s most exciting city: New York.

At a Glance

Dean
James J. Valentini
Founded
1754
Faculty
6:1 student to faculty ratio among undergraduates;
Over 70 percent of classes with fewer than 20 students.
Students
Nearly all students live on campus all four years;
5.8% admit rate for the Class of 2021
Resources
Instruction in more than 40 foreign languages;
More than 150 study abroad programs;
More than 200 research institutes and centers;
a wide range of world-class laboratories;
22 libraries comprising one of the top 10 library systems in the U.S.