Columbia is proud to be entering our eleventh year as a QuestBridge Partner school, and we have matched with 200 scholars. QuestBridge is a non-profit organization which identifies high-achieving, low-income students, assists them with the college search and application process and works to connect them to educational opportunities at 36 partner colleges. For more information about QuestBridge, please explore their website.
A commitment to diversity—of every kind—is a long-standing Columbia hallmark. Columbia undergraduates bring with them an enormous range of interests and talents, represent every socioeconomic, racial and ethnic background and hail from all fifty states and from all over the world. In the current first-year class, seventeen percent of our students are the first in their families to go to college. Over half of our first-year students self-identified as students of color, making Columbia one of the most ethnically diverse institutions of higher learning in the world. Columbia also has one of the highest percentages of Pell Grant recipients of any private research university. In our quest to make Columbia accessible to all students, especially those from low- and middle-income families, Columbia has eliminated loans for all students receiving financial aid, whatever their family income, and replaced them with University grants. Families with calculated incomes below $60,000 and with typical assets will not have to make any parent contribution for the cost of education and those with an income between $60,000 and $100,000 have a significantly reduced parent contribution.
Frequently Asked Questions
We hope you will consider Columbia as you explore the QuestBridge Program.