Columbia College is Columbia's traditional undergraduate liberal arts college, its founding in 1754 as King's College marks the birth of Columbia University.
Columbia Engineering is the University's engineering school, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Barnard College is a liberal arts college for women in partnership with Columbia University.
At Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and Barnard College, students usually come directly from high school and attend full-time.
The School of General Studies is Columbia’s college for nontraditional students who want to earn a degree while attending full- or part-time. Nontraditional students have had a break of one year or more in their educational paths or have compelling personal or professional reasons for completing their bachelor’s degrees part time. Students in the School of General Studies take the same courses with the same faculty and undertake the same majors as all other undergraduates at Columbia.
All four colleges are located on the Morningside Heights campus in New York City.