Watching over Low Plaza is Alma Mater, a bronze sculpture by Daniel Chester French, famous for his statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Alma Mater is also the subject of many Columbia legends, including that the first student in every new class to find the hidden owl on the statue will be the class valedictorian.
The Columbia University Visitors Center offers information sessions and campus tours for prospective students and families. Prospective students and families visiting Columbia’s campus can also use our mobile-friendly virtual tour as a supplement to self-guided tours.
Columbia College undergraduates to call your friends, classmates and teammates.
From the Lion’s Mouth
“I gain a lot from working with undergraduates - mentoring some of our greatest talent to discover what they want to do in science. Undergraduates are also the most creative in their ideas - knowing less, they are braver.”