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17 Jul 2015

Columbia University (New York, NY)

Columbia College

Columbia University (New York, NY)

Columbia University is a private, research university and a member of the famous “Ivy League.” Founded in 1754, it is the oldest institutions of higher learning in the state of New York, and the fifth-oldest in the country. It is also one of nine colonial colleges founded before the American Revolution began. In fact, the university was originally chartered by King George II.

The campus comprises 32 acres and takes up six city blocks on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The current student enrollment is nearly 30,000 students, most of whom are seeking a postgraduate degree. The student body is very culturally diverse, with 52 percent of students identifying as a person of color. Despite the large number of students, on-campus housing is guaranteed for four years.

The university is divided into 20 Schools, notably Columbia and Barnard Colleges (traditionally, the men’s and women’s undergraduate institutions, respectively, albeit coeducational today), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the renowned School of Journalism, the Law School, the Medical School, the Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Teacher’s College. Outside of academics, the university is also known for awarding the coveted Pulitzer Prize every year.

The acceptance rate at Columbia is less than seven percent, which makes it one of the most selective universities in the country.U.S. News & World Report ranks it #4 in the country.

Columbia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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