Columbia News Archive

Columbia Alumnus Debuts Opera at Met

Nico Muhly, CC’03 composed “Two Boys,” which recently made its American debut. At 32, he is the youngest person to have an opera commissioned by the Met.

Columbia and The Museum of Modern Art Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

The vast archives of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright will become part of their permanent collections.

New Event Series Addresses Intersections of Arts and Science

CUriosity3 is a public seminar program addressing the intersection between Arts and Science with a view to start interesting discussions and debate around the common ground of creative practice and scientific discovery.

Five More Columbia Students, Alumni Receive Fulbrights

Columbia’s total count of winners of the international prize this year is now seven.

Two CC Sophomores Win 2012 Critical Language Scholarships

Sahrula Kubie CC’14 and Shamm Petros CC’14 were among the 10 Columbia students awarded 2012 Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) by the US Department of State.

Students Produce 120th Varsity Show

Full-length student-produced musical is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition.

Professor and alumnus Wm. Theodore de Bary receives National Humanities Medal

Wm. Theodore de Bary ’41CC, ’53GSAS, the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus, has been named by President Barack Obama ’83CC as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 National Humanities Medal for his pioneering work in East Asian studies.

Taking a Spin Through New York City’s History

History Professor Kenneth T. Jackson hosts his annual all-night, 200-person bike ride for students in his History of the City of New York class.

Food Network Chef Visits Columbia Dining

Chef Robert Irvine, host of “Restaurant: Impossible,” treated students to special dishes during an appearance in Ferris Booth Commons.

Alumna Receives “Genius” Grant

Labor organizer Ai-jen Poo ‘96CC was one of this year’s honorees for the prestigious MacArthur Foundation award.

Forum Hosts Global Thought Leaders

Columbia University President Bollinger hosts the annual World Leaders Forum, and welcomes Presidents and Prime Ministers from Japan, Poland, Norway and more.

Core Curriculum Reaches beyond Columbia to Local GED Students

Core Curriculum Class
A group of adult students working toward their high school Graduate Equivalency Diplomas had the opportunity to experience Columbia’s renowned Core Curriculum first-hand.

Columbia University and City Officials Mark Opening of Columbia Startup Lab

Collaborating with WeWork Soho West, the Columbia Startup Lab has been structured to offer the networking opportunities, meet-ups, and personal introductions essential to startup ventures.

Visiting Columbia

The Columbia University Visitors Center offers information sessions and campus tours for prospective students and families.

Columbia Faculty Members Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Several professors at Columbia, in disciplines ranging from dance to history to writing, were awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2014, based on their distinguished achievement and exceptional future promise.

2014 Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia Engineering’s Class Day will feature Jon Oringer ‘99SEAS, founder and chief executive officer of Shutterstock Inc. Columbia College’s Class Day will include an address by acclaimed actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman ‘89CC.

Columbia Engineering Launches 150th Anniversary Website

Highlights include a timeline of achievements, time capsule presentations, videos, events and memories submitted by students, alumni, and faculty.

Columbia Engineering Launches 150th Anniversary Website

Highlights include a timeline of achievements, time capsule presentations, videos, events and memories submitted by students, alumni, and faculty.

Columbia students receive 2014 Presidential Global Fellowships

Funded by a generous grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship program provided funding for 12 first-year undergraduates to participate in a Columbia summer study abroad program.

Men's Basketball Team Wins Second Round in Tournament

Columbia won 69-56 against Eastern Michigan in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Saturday, March 22.

Columbia Alumni Win Academy Awards

Disney’s Frozen, written and co-directed by alumna Jennifer Lee (SOA ‘05), won two Academy Awards—Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. Alumna Dede Gardner (CC ‘91) co-produced Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, which received nine nominations in all.

University closed on Friday, January 3

Due to inclement weather, Columbia University is closed on Friday, January 3. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will re-open on Monday, January 6 at 9 a.m. We will respond to e-mail messages sent to ugrad-ask@columbia.edu.

Information for Regular Decision Applicants

The deadline to apply Regular Decision to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering is January 1, 2014.

Admissions Office Closed from December 23 to January 2

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be closed from December 23, 2013, to January 2, 2014.

Columbia Launches Alternative Application

Regular Decision candidates who have already started a Common Application are strongly encouraged to finish their application if possible, but students may use the Columbia First-Year Application if they encounter problems applying to Columbia through the Common Application.

An Update for Early Decision Applicants

Early Decision admissions decisions are now available for Fall 2014.

Columbia Launches Presidential Global Fellowship

Funded by a generous grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship program is a new opportunity that offers first-year undergraduates the chance to apply for funding for a Columbia summer study abroad program.

Faculty Member Wins 2013 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Jeffrey Milarsky, distinguished musician, scholar, teacher and conductor, is the recipient of the 2013 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music.

Applying Regular Decision

The deadline for applying Regular Decision to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering is January 1, 2014.

Center for Career Education's "Bring Your Internship to Life" Video Contest

Undergraduate students are invited to create a one to three minute video portraying their summer 2012 internship experiences.

Annual Series Brings International Speakers to Campus

President Bollinger hosts the annual World Leaders Forum, and welcomes Presidents from Senegal, Chile, Estonia and more.

Columbians Named 2013 MacArthur Fellows

Donald Antrim, Associate Professor at the School of the Arts and Alumnus Carl Haber (CC ‘80, GSAS ‘82, ‘83, ‘85) are amongst the honorees for the annual “Genius Grant.”

Founder of Twitter and Square Speaks to Columbia Students

USA Today covers Entrepreneur Jack Dorsey’s visit to campus, where he encouraged students to pursue careers in technology. 

Columbia Engineering Women's Forum

Young women who are interested in engineering and applied science are invited to this event on Monday, September 30.

Columbia Writing Supplement to the Common Application Available

The Common Application, including the Columbia Writing Supplement, is now available. You are welcome to familiarize yourself with the Columbia-specific questions on our website.

Research Opportunities

Discover how undergraduates take advantage of being a part of one of the finest research institutions in the world.

Clubs and Organizations

Explore the over 500 different opportunities to explore, to grow, to lead and to share at Columbia.

Columbia College Alumnus Elected Mayor of Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti, CC ’92, will be the city’s youngest top official in modern history and the first elected Jewish mayor.

Columbia Faculty to Participate in 2013 World Science Festival

The annual event, co-founded by Brian Greene, professor of mathematics and physics, offers lectures and programs on cutting-edge science.

University Commencement Ceremony Honors Class of 2013

Congratulations to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering’s Class of 2013.

Columbia University Science and Engineering Master Classes

These programs give you the unique opportunity to learn first-hand why some of the world’s most accomplished students with an interest in engineering and science choose to study with Columbia faculty.

Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering graduation ceremonies to feature prominent alumni speakers.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti to Speak at Columbia

Laurent Lamothe delivered an address as part of the World Leaders Forum series. The event was streamed live on April 22nd.

Women's Tennis Earns First Ivy League Title

The team is 6-1 after recent victories against Penn and Princeton.

Faculty Members Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the 2013 Guggenheim Fellows in April, including eight Columbia professors.

Columbia Global Center Opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate international collaborations, research projects, academic programming and study abroad.

Student Group Performs for White House Visitors

Uptown Vocal, an on-campus jazz a cappella group, was invited to sing for visitors touring the White House as part of its holiday performance series.

World Leaders Forum Event on Future of Europe

The discussion featured speakers including George Soros and Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor and Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought.

Student Performing Arts Group Featured in Magazine

Columbia Ballet Collaborative will appear in the March issue of Dance Magazine.

Students Collaborate with Theatre Professionals on Musical Workshop

Columbia undergraduates collaborate on “COLLEGE: The Musical,” directed and produced by Laura Pietropinto, CC ’00.

Information for Regular Decision Applicants

Columbia’s Regular Decision application deadline has now passed.

Columbia Global Center Opens in Nairobi, Kenya

Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate international collaborations, research projects, academic programming and study abroad. This is Columbia’s first center in Africa.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs Featured in The New York Times

Professor Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, shares how he spends his free time in the “Sunday Routine” column.

Columbia Scientist Earns Excellence in Mentoring Award

Chemistry Professor Gerard Parkin was named by President Obama as a recipient of the prestigious award.

Columbia Professor Nominated for Emmy

Brian Greene’s “The Fabric of the Cosmos” nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award.

New Educational Building Planned for Medical Center Campus

Artist's Rendering of New Education Building
The Medical Center has released architectural plans for its new education building in Washington Heights.

Columbia Throws "Pajama Party" for Higgs Particle Announcement

Faculty members, students and friends gathered to experience one of the biggest developments in particle physics.

Columbia Engineering Alumnus Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics

Alvin E. Roth, SEAS ‘71, is second in Columbia Engineering’s history to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.

2 Columbia Professors Win MacArthur "Genius" Grants

Professors Terry A. Plank and Maria Chudnovsky are among the 23 MacArthur Fellows named for 2012.

Columbia Men’s Basketball beats Villanova by 18

Victory marks the first time the Lions (3-1) defeated a BIG EAST squad since November 30, 1985, when Columbia beat Seton Hall, 85-65.

Men's Cross Country Earns Top 10 National Ranking

Columbia is ranked first in the Ivy League as the men’s and women’s teams head to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship.

Columbia College Alumnus Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D, Ph.D., an alumnus of Columbia College and Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Columbia's 10th Annual World Leaders Forum

Flags of the world

Guests include Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, NBC News Correspondent Ann Curry and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.

Two Columbia Professors Win Lasker Foundation Awards for Their Work in Biological Sciences

Since the inception of the Lasker Awards in 1945, 81 Lasker laureates have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, 29 in the last two decades.

New Admissions Website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia University is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website.

Columbia Engineering Professor Awarded NSF Grant

Computer Science Professor Steven Nowick has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Columbia Faculty Featured on C-SPAN's Book TV

Peter Slen spent the day interviewing ten professors about their books, with discussion topics ranging from Iraq to climate change to Occupy Wall Street.

Columbia Marks 258th Year

Founded on July 12, 1754, as King’s College, Columbia highlights our 258 years of history.

Alumna Directs Documentary on College Admissions

“First Generation” follows four low-income high school students during their college search.

Faculty Members Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Guggenheim Seal
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows in April, including eight Columbia professors.