In the professional and postgraduate landscape of the 21st century, it’s tempting to define successful outcomes in quantifiable terms—from competitive job placements and impressive starting salaries to elite graduate program acceptances. At Columbia, we’re mindful of these metrics, too, and we’re always proud to see our students go into the world to pursue all the continued success that awaits them. 

But we are equally mindful of outcomes that are less tangible—but perhaps more important. Developing the character, curiosity, initiative and engaged citizenship that are the true hallmarks of a Columbia education.

Four years of growth. A lifetime of perspective.

Through the century-old Core Curriculum, and in more recent concepts like Engineering for Humanity and My Columbia College Journey, there is an emphasis on reflection, connection and a search for deeper understanding that is at the heart of the Columbia experience. It manifests in the ways we engage with the city and the world around us. In the hands-on, experiential emphasis of our learning environment. In the depth of the relationships that our students form around seminar and dining tables, on playing fields, in residential lounges.

However your time at Columbia unfolds, and wherever your path leads you next, we hope you will find it was time well spent—four years as part of a community rooted in immersive discourse and the pursuit of deeper meaning. You’ll go forward into the world with the avid curiosity to ask life’s big questions—as well as the wisdom and the resolve to find your own answers.

Where do Columbians go after Morningside Heights?

What matters most to Columbia is the citizens and individuals our students become. But they grow into truly impressive scholars and professionals, creators and visionaries as well.

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A Columbia education leads to some truly remarkable places. How far will you go? Whose lives will you touch? We can’t wait to find out.

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