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Is Columbia a Good School for the Money?

Below Average National Value
Unknown In-State Value
$208,800 Avg Total Cost

Columbia University in the City of New York Value Report

Is a Columbia degree worth it? Only you know for sure, but College Factual's value analysis can help answer that question. Keep reading for more.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Top 1% National Quality
Expensive Price

Columbia University in the City of New York is ranked #2,140 out of 2,223 for value nationwide.

Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe Columbia University in the City of New York is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)

National Value Ranking  2140 out of 2223
Great Value
National Value Score  4.51 out of 100
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

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*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

That Degree May Cost You $208,800 in Total

The Columbia time to graduate is about 4.13 years and will cost an estimated $50,557 per year. This brings the total cost to 208,800.

Average Yearly Cost$50,557
Average Years to Graduate4.13
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree$208,800

Many Factors Affect Net Price

Depending on your personal circumstances, your net price may be well below the average Columbia net price, which could make this school a better value. You may quality for more financial aid, or be able to complete your degree faster than average. Get more details on Columbia cost.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$143,224 In-State With Aid
$315,796 Avg Cost No Aid
4.13 Years to Graduate

Net price can vary based on your unique situation.

Look at the table below to get a sense of how Columbia value for your educational dollar might vary.

Nationwide Value by Aid GroupAvg Degree CostValue RankValue Grade
Students with no Aid$315,796#0F
All Students$208,800#2,140F
Only Students Receiving Aid$143,224#228A
In-State Value by Aid GroupAvg Degree CostValue RankValue Grade
Students with no Aid$315,796#F
All Students$208,800#F
Only Students Receiving Aid$143,224#F

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of New York.

About 58% of Columbia students receive financial aid. Get more details on what Columbia financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Finance The Gap

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates average total cost by multiplying net price by time to graduation. We then compare the average total cost to other schools of a similar quality to determine value. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.


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