There are 9 Departments of Instruction offering 16 majors for students in Columbia Engineering. A complete listing of majors offered by Columbia Engineering is available under Columbia Engineering Programs of Study.
Frequently Asked Questions
How safe is the campus and neighborhood?
Although Morningside Heights is consistently named one of the safest precincts in New York City, the Department of Public Safety further ensures the security of Columbia's campus and its students. Columbia students have direct access to the public transportation, which eliminates walking far distances to travel between campus and other locations. Should you feel unsafe in the neighborhood, you can ask the merchant at businesses featuring the Red Lion sticker in their windows to phone Columbia Public Safety or the police and wait for security personnel to respond.
What majors are offered at Columbia Engineering?
Can I minor in Columbia College?
No. Columbia College does not offer minors, but students may elect to complete a concentration which demands fewer requirements than a major. A concentration is alone sufficient for graduation.
Does Columbia offer study abroad programs?
Columbia operates programs in Athens, Beijing, Berlin, Kyoto, London, Mexico City, Nairobi, Paris, Rio, Shanghai, Tunis and Venice. Columbia also sponsors special programs with Oxford and Cambridge and in Paris at Sciences Po and at Ecole Polytechnique. The Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates (SEE-U) allows Columbia College students the opportunity to fulfill in part the Core's science requirement and participate in field ecology abroad. The Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement assists Columbia students in studying or interning abroad at nearly 200 approved programs in both developed and developing parts of the world.
In addition, Columbia offers students the chance to study for one semester at Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, D.C., or at Spelman College, a historically Black women's college in Atlanta, Georgia.
Are students required to live on campus?
Where is Morningside Heights?
Morningside Heights is a residential neighborhood located on the west side of the island of Manhattan. It is approximately a ten-minute walk from the northwestern tip of Central Park and another ten-minute walk to the heart of Historic Harlem. Columbia is located on the #1 subway line and various bus routes. On the #1 train students can get to Times Square in approximately 20 minutes, go uptown to Columbia's Medical Center in 15 minutes, and get to Columbia's Baker Field Athletic Complex at the northern tip of Manhattan in 25 minutes.
What is the female to male ratio at Columbia?
Columbia is approximately 51% male and 49% female between the two undergraduate schools.
How many students live on campus?
Columbia undergraduate students are guaranteed housing for all four years. Nearly all undergraduates live on campus all four years.
Is housing guaranteed for students at Columbia?
Yes, students are guaranteed housing for up to 8 terms during their time at Columbia. Over 95% of undergraduate students and 100% of the Class of 2016 live on campus.
Is it possible to be able to work while going to class?
Columbia holds classes from early in the morning until late at night. This allows students to hold on-campus jobs, pursue internships in the city and adjust their schedules to make the most of their academic and extracurricular experience. Many students, moreover, have no classes on Fridays, so many use Fridays as an opportunity to pursue internships and other commitments. The Center for Career Education also provides students with opportunities for employment on and off campus.
Can undergraduates take classes at Columbia’s graduate and professional schools?
Can I minor in the Engineering School?
Yes. The Engineering school offers both engineering and liberal arts minors for students.
What are the courses of the Core Curriculum for Columbia College students?