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.
Information Sessions, Campus Tours, and Class Visits will not be available from Wednesday, November 21, until Tuesday, January 22, due to Final Exams and Winter Break. Visitors are welcome to use our mobile-friendly Virtual Tour as a supplement to self-guided tours during that time.
We understand that students affected by the severe hurricanes and wildfires this fall may have challenges in completing their applications on time; they are invited to email us if their application will be arriving late.
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.