Columbia University in the City of New York

2019 Columbia University in the City of New York Crime & Safety Report

Is Columbia safe? On this page, we'll examine crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

Our crime and safety report on Columbia includes:

Understanding the Crime Stats for Columbia

Types of Crime & Safety Incidents

We have compiled this information on crime statistics from the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security data. The types of crimes are divided into the following categories: arrests for major crimes, arrests for possession, violence against women, and disciplinary actions.

The arrests for major crimes category includes arrests for things such as murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, and arson. The violence against women grouping includes things such as domestic violence, date rape, and stalking. The arrests for possession classification deals with things such as weapons possession, alcohol violations, and drug violations. The disciplinary actions category involves possession of weapons, alcohol violations, and drug violations in the cases where no arrest occurred but some action was taken.

Number of Incidents

It is not unusual for institutions to report that no incidents occurred in some of these categories. In fact, 56% of the schools we cover reported no arrests for major crimes, 67% reported no violence against women, 70% reported no arrests for possession, and 68% reported no disciplinary actions.

Zero incidents of reported crime may be nice to see, but it does not necessarily mean the school is safer, as it could indicate lax reporting. Similarly, a high number of incidents could indicate that the school is more strict about reporting and law enforcement than other institutions.

Columbia Overall Crime Stats

517 Total Number of Incidents
16.44 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Columbia University in the City of New York reported 517 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students at or near campus or on other properties associated with the school. That works out to 16.44 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 31,456.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 92 1,670 2.92 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 5 880 0.16 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 74 334 2.35 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 346 2,670 11.00 4,574.85

Columbia Overall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of Columbia crime and safety incidents are in each category.

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Disciplinary actions account for 66.9% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 1.0% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Columbia University in the City of New York resulted in arrests for possession. About 17.8% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 14.3% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Columbia compares to other colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to each category of crime and safety-related incidents. Note that this does not take school size into account so larger schools are likely to have more incidents.

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Columbia Overall Crime by Location

The percentage breakdown of Columbia crime and safety incidents by location is shown in the following chart.

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Columbia On-Campus Crime Stats

496 Total Number of Incidents
15.77 Incidents per 1000 Students
Columbia University in the City of New York reported 496 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Based on a student body population of 31,456, that's 15.77 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 72 1,585 2.29 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 5 813 0.16 888.89
Violence Against Women 73 331 2.32 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 346 2,645 11.00 4,544.91

Columbia On-Campus Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of Columbia on-campus crime and safety incidents by category is shown in the following chart.

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Columbia Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

1 Total Number of Incidents
0.03 Incidents per 1000 Students
Columbia University in the City of New York reported 1 safety-related incidents involving students on affiliated off-campus properties in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 31,456, that's 0.03 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 0 164 0.00 333.33
Arrests for Possession 0 64 0.00 111.11
Violence Against Women 1 100 0.03 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

Columbia Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of Columbia crime and safety incidents on affiliated off-campus properties are in each category.

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Columbia Residence Hall Crime Stats

443 Total Number of Incidents
14.08 Incidents per 1000 Students
Columbia University in the City of New York reported 443 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019 that took place in residence halls. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Based on a student body population of 31,456, that's 14.08 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 49 167 1.56 101.80
Arrests for Possession 2 715 0.06 180.35
Violence Against Women 48 140 1.53 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 344 2,507 10.94 4,029.94

Columbia Residence Hall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of Columbia crime and safety incidents in residence halls are in each category.

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20 Total Number of Incidents
0.64 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Columbia University in the City of New York reported 20 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on public property in the surrounding New York neighborhood. That works out to 0.64 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 31,456.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 20 67 0.64 666.67
Arrests for Possession 0 245 0.00 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 0 137 0.00 137.93

The chart below shows what percentage of Columbia student-related crime and safety incidents in the New York neighborhood surrounding the campus are in each category.

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References

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