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Columbia University in the City of New York Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Columbia University in the City of New York? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Columbia offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Columbia University in the City of New York Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Columbia University in the City of New York was awarded 227 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is English language and literature.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Columbia is ranked #32 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Columbia also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Columbia?

Acceptance Rate

Columbia University in the City of New York has a very low acceptance rate of 7%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Columbia just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 59% of students accepted to Columbia submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 780. Math scores were between 710 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Columbia University in the City of New York  ( 700 to 780 )
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SAT Math Scores for Columbia University in the City of New York  ( 710 to 790 )
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Columbia received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Columbia University in the City of New York  ( 31 to 34 )
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Columbia University in the City of New York Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Columbia is an impressive 6 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbia University in the City of New York is 47%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  47 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia University in the City of New York

Freshmen Retention Rate

Columbia University in the City of New York has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Columbia for first-time, full-time students is 89%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  89 out of 100
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Excellent Overall Diversity at Columbia

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,170 undergraduates at Columbia with 7,592 being full-time and 578 being part-time.

Columbia Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 99.72 out of 100, Columbia is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.72 out of 100
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How Much Does Columbia University in the City of New York Cost?

The overall average net price of Columbia is $22,637. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Columbia

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,245 $3,409 $6,864 $14,421 $41,002

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Columbia, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Columbia, approximately 12% of students took out student loans averaging $10,740 a year. That adds up to $42,960 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Columbia is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Columbia Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Columbia make about $83,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Columbia graduates since it is 109% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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See which majors at Columbia University in the City of New York make the most money.

Location of Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private not-for-profit institution located in New York, New York. The location of Columbia is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Columbia University in the City of New York

Contact details for Columbia are given below.

Contact Details
Address: West 116 St And Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-1754
Website: www.columbia.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/columbia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/columbia

Columbia University in the City of New York Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 130 majors graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York. Of these students, 2,702 received undergraduate degrees and 10,218 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 311 $75,300
Computer Science 282 $96,400
Political Science & Government 237 $51,100
Child Development & Psychology 143 $45,000
History 123 $42,100
General English Literature 96 $41,500
Other Social Sciences 79 $49,800
Operations Research 74 $79,000
Area Studies 71 $41,300
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 64 $40,300

Learn more about the majors offered at Columbia University in the City of New York along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Columbia

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,724 students took at least one online class at Columbia University in the City of New York. This is an increase from the 1,609 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,724 586
2016-2017 1,609 474
2015-2016 1,350 149
2014-2015 378 140
2013-2014 311 120

Learn more about online learning at Columbia University in the City of New York.

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