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.
Columbia Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center have expanded Virtual Visit programming for Winter and Spring 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 and Q&A chats.
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 applicants to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering for the fall of 2022.
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.
For prospective students considering Columbia, the uncertainty caused by the global pandemic may have generated many questions in your college search and application process, and we hope to address some of your concerns.
Due to ongoing standardized testing disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbia is adopting a one year test-optional policy for first-year applicants to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering for the fall of 2021.
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.
Programs of study, from Earth and Environmental Engineering to Creative Writing to Urban Studies
From the Lion's Mouth
“I get to believe in and live the fountain of youth 28 times every semester. Seeing the world as we saw it when we were in college is a fantasy for most people. Being a faculty member at a place like Columbia allows me to live that fantasy every day.”