Our vision

Nearly 100 years ago, Columbia College altered the landscape of American higher education with a pioneering experiment now known as the Core Curriculum. We are drawing up a blueprint for the future that reinforces our foundations and raises our sights even higher. Emboldened by great books, inspired by culture, united by diversity and stirred by big ideas, we are poised to build a better Columbia and with it, a better world.


Our vision


  • Endow the Core

    For nearly a century, this groundbreaking curriculum has empowered students to continually construct plans for the future. Now, we are giving it new strength to continue educating urban academics for the next hundred years to come. We will endow the Core by filling our classrooms with the greatest professors, connecting seminar debates with lessons from the streets of New York City, intertwining our humanistic approach with big concepts that move the world forward, and drawing upon new technology to connect students and alumni across space and time.

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  • Support Our Students

    Diversity bolsters every aspect of our blueprint for student success, from need-blind admissions, to the rich mélange of viewpoints in a Core seminar, to exceptional summer experiences that augment scholarship through real-world experiences. We are liberating young Columbians to explore freely and with passion, while testing their mettle and challenging their perceptions. With that, our students can set their sights beyond the campus’ rooftops, rolling up their sleeves to boldly lead our world onward.

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  • Support Our Faculty

    Campus reverberates with faculty-student interactions that fuel the creation of knowledge and propel Columbia to greatness. Columbia College students benefit from studying alongside artists who break rules and shatter expectations, philosophers who create structures for thought, physicists who solve the universe’s greatest enigmas and policymakers who help society rise above history. Supporting our faculty supports not only great research, but also great teaching.

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  • Propel the Columbia College Fund

    As we expand our foundations and raise our pillars to new heights, we’ll also continue to do what we do best, day after day: provide an undergraduate experience that is unparalleled in shaping great thinkers, problem solvers, artists, inventors and thoughtful citizens. Your support of the Columbia College Fund makes it possible for the College to be flexible so we can seize new opportunities while always upholding what we know to be best for our students.

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Core Moments

A Remarkable Meetup 22 Years in the Making

Danny Lee CC’95 and Alan Steinberg CC’48, SEAS’50

The Role of a Lifetime

Rita Pietropinto-Kitt CC’93, SOA’96

Planting Mentorship Opportunities

Andy Garcia CC’17 and Professor Kevin Griffin

Campaign Momentum






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