Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Columbia is centrally located with easy access to all that New York City has to offer, from the Statue of Liberty (pictured) to Times Square to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and much more.
Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center are excited to welcome prospective students and families to campus for in-person campus tours. Led by current undergraduate students, these outdoor-only tours will provide insight into the Columbia experience and provide the opportunity to safely see our Morningside Heights campus. Registration for fall 2021 tours is available now.
For prospective students considering Columbia, the uncertainty caused by the ongoing global pandemic may have generated many questions in your college search and application process, and we hope to address some of your concerns.
In response to continued disruptions to standardized testing availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbia is extending our test-optional policy for one year, effective for first-year and transfer applicants to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering for the fall of 2022.
Columbia Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center have expanded Virtual Visit programming for Fall 2021. From your couch or your car, from a family computer or a phone, you'll be able to connect with our community to learn about what makes Columbia University a place unlike any other. We invite prospective students and families to learn more about our virtual information sessions, student panels, live virtual tours and Q&A chats.
We believe that college costs, including application fees, should not be a barrier to access. If you are interested in applying to Columbia and our application fee is a significant financial burden for your family, we will simply waive it. We invite students to use our simple fee waiver eligibility form to check if they qualify.
Live Well | Learn Wellaims to create a campus culture that values and promotes individual well-being and a healthy community for undergraduates at Columbia University, and offers a website that serves as a resource for students.
Columbia has been inspired by the global rise of voices reacting to recent violent acts of anti-Black racism and standing up for equality and justice. Columbia Undergraduate Admissions supports students who are responding to and peacefully protesting against systemic racism and violence against the Black community.
Programs of study, from Earth and Environmental Engineering to Creative Writing to Urban Studies
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. ”