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.
In observance of Memorial Day, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center will be closed starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, through Monday, May 28. Both will be open on Tuesday, May 29, at 9:00 a.m.
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.
Emily Surloff ’19CC, a member of the Columbia University Women’s Basketball team, participated in the Maccabiah games this summer in Israel and reflects on her experiences and what it is like to win gold.
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From the Lion's Mouth
“My favorite Columbia moment was receiving The Iliad during the summer advising session prior to arriving on campus. When the alumnus handed it to me, it felt like I was officially inducted into the Columbia experience, joining the rest of the alumni who have studied the exact same thing I was about to study. ”