Columbia News Archive

Early Decision Application Tracking Now Available

Admissions online document tracking for Early Decision First-Year applicants is now available. Online document tracking will be available in February for Regular Decision applicants.

Admissions Office Closed for Election Day

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center will be closed starting at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, for the university holiday of Election Day and will be closed on Tuesday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both offices will reopen on Wednesday, November 8, at 9:00 a.m.

Columbia On the Road Near You

Our admissions officers are traveling the world this fall, hosting public events where students and families can learn more about Columbia and its vibrant community; check if we will be visiting your area.

Admissions Office Closed for Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center will be closed starting at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, through Monday, September 4. Both will reopen on Tuesday, September 5, at 9:00 a.m. 

Tony-Winning Alumnus Works on New Musical

Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt ’96CC was recently featured on NY1, sharing an exclusive look at his new musical, "Superhero."

Two Senior Design Projects Lead to Biotech Startups

Two separate teams of undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students won a national competition for funding to turn their Senior Design Projects into companies.

Lina Puerta's Miller Theatre Commission

Colombian-American artist Lina Puerta shares a piece from her "Botánico Series" as the latest installation in Miller Theatre’s lobby.

Columbia Athlete Reflects on Gold Medal Experience

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.

Columbia Alum Discusses Medical Career as New York Yankees Team Doctor

Former Columbia Men's soocer All-Ivy League honoree and current New York Yankees team physician Christopher Amhad is featured in the latest Columbia Magazine.

Men's Cross Country Earns Top 10 National Ranking

Columbia is ranked first in the Ivy League as the men's and women's teams head to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship.

Men's Basketball Team Wins Second Round in Tournament

Columbia won 69-56 against Eastern Michigan in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Saturday, March 22.

Columbia Men’s Basketball beats Villanova by 18

Victory marks the first time the Lions (3-1) defeated a BIG EAST squad since November 30, 1985, when Columbia beat Seton Hall, 85-65.

Men's Basketball Picks Up NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

The Columbia men’s basketball program received The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award. These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season.

Columbia Athletics

Explore team rosters, schedules, stats, and more from your favorite Columbia Lions varsity sports teams!

Heavyweight, Lightweight Rowers Named to IRA Academic Team

A total of 19 members of the Columbia heavyweight and lightweight rowing teams earned 2017 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) All-Academic Team honors.

Applications Available for Fall 2018 Admission

The Common Application and the Coalition Application for Fall 2018 admission are now live for first-year applicants.

Columbia Scientist Earns Excellence in Mentoring Award

Chemistry Professor Gerard Parkin was named by President Obama as a recipient of the prestigious award.

Columbia University and City Officials Mark Opening of Columbia Startup Lab

Collaborating with WeWork Soho West, the Columbia Startup Lab has been structured to offer the networking opportunities, meet-ups, and personal introductions essential to startup ventures.

Student Team Wins USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge

A team of third-year students from Columbia College and Columbia Engineering was recognized for their solution that improves decontamination of infectious diseases.

Columbia Engineering Launches 150th Anniversary Website

Highlights include a timeline of achievements, time capsule presentations, videos, events and memories submitted by students, alumni, and faculty.

New Event Series Addresses Intersections of Arts and Science

CUriosity3 is a public seminar program addressing the intersection between Arts and Science with a view to start interesting discussions and debate around the common ground of creative practice and scientific discovery.

Founder of Twitter and Square Speaks to Columbia Students

USA Today covers Entrepreneur Jack Dorsey's visit to campus, where he encouraged students to pursue careers in technology. 

Engineering Professor Releases His Memoirs of Space Travel

Mechanical Engineering Professor and former Astronaut Mike Massimino, SEAS '84, released "Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe" in October 2016.

Columbia Engineering Alumnus Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics

Alvin E. Roth, SEAS '71, is second in Columbia Engineering's history to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Columbia Professor Nominated for Emmy

Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos" nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award.

New Educational Building Planned for Medical Center Campus

Artist's Rendering of New Education Building
The Medical Center has released architectural plans for its new education building in Washington Heights.

Columbia Throws "Pajama Party" for Higgs Particle Announcement

Faculty members, students and friends gathered to experience one of the biggest developments in particle physics.

President's Statement on the University's Sustainability Principles

President Lee C. Bollinger reveals the institution's new sustainability principles during a period of active discussion about whether the University should divest its endowment holdings in some or all fossil fuel companies.

Explore Columbia's Undergraduate Student Publications

Science students have the opportunity to contribute to various student publications that strive to increase knowledge and awareness of science and technology in the Columbia community.

The New Yorker Visits Columbia's Making and Knowing Lab

The New Yorker visits Columbia’s Making and Knowing Lab where science historians conduct alchemy-era experiments to better understand the scientific revolution.

Faculty Q&A with Assistant Professor of Statistics

John Cunningham's research integrates machine learning, a fairly new and rapidly growing field of data science and artificial intelligence, with neuroscience.

Columbia Undergraduates Compete on 'America's Greatest Makers'

Brendon and Mira were runners up in the show's first season for their project, HandsON, which is a sensor-enhanced glove that translates American Sign Language into text and voice.

2 Columbia Professors Win MacArthur "Genius" Grants

Professors Terry A. Plank and Maria Chudnovsky are among the 23 MacArthur Fellows named for 2012.

Columbia Chemists Find Key to Manufacturing More Efficient Solar Cells

A new discovery by Columbia scientists could have profound implications for future energy policy. See how Professor Xiaoyang Zhu and his team manufacture solar cells in an entirely new way.

Columbia Faculty to Participate in 2013 World Science Festival

The annual event, co-founded by Brian Greene, professor of mathematics and physics, offers lectures and programs on cutting-edge science.

Food Network Chef Visits Columbia Dining

Chef Robert Irvine, host of "Restaurant: Impossible," treated students to special dishes during an appearance in Ferris Booth Commons.

Students Produce 122nd Varsity Show

The full-length student-produced musical is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition.

Students Collaborate with Theatre Professionals on Musical Workshop

Columbia undergraduates collaborate on "COLLEGE: The Musical," directed and produced by Laura Pietropinto, CC ’00.

Office Closure and Campus Visits Cancelled Tuesday, March 14

Due to weather conditions, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the University’s Visitors Center will be closed on Tuesday, March 14. Information sessions and campus tours are also cancelled. Visitors are encouraged to use our Virtual Tour to learn more about Columbia.

Alumni Featured in Forbes "30 Under 30"

Several Columbians earned the distinction of being named to the 2017 Forbes Magazine "30 Under 30," highlighting their achievements in medicine, policy, game design and law.

Plan Your Visit

The Columbia University Visitors Center offers information sessions and campus tours for prospective students and families. Prospective students and families visiting Columbia’s campus can also use our mobile-friendly virtual tour as a supplement to self-guided tours.

Admissions and Financial Aid Policies for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students applying to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering will now be eligible for the same need-blind admissions and financial aid policies as US Citizens and permanent residents.

Columbia's Testing Policy for 2016-2017

Students applying for admission to Columbia for Fall 2017 are encouraged to review the Required Standardized Testing policy.

Exploring a Global Education

Anjelica Neslin ’16CC reflects on how her semester abroad in Argentina influenced her approach to her American studies and Hispanic studies majors.

Students Make Core Curriculum Texts Their Own

The winners of the 2016 Core Scholars Program reanalyze, reinterpret, and remake some of the seminal works read in Columbia’s signature Core.

Columbia and The Museum of Modern Art Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

The vast archives of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright will become part of their permanent collections.

Nine Columbia Students, Alumni Receive Fulbrights

Nine recently graduated seniors and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. student grants. The Fulbright will allow them to undertake individually-designed international research and study projects or teach primary and secondary school in English-language classrooms in six different countries.

Columbia Alumnus Debuts Opera at Met

Nico Muhly, CC’03 composed “Two Boys,” which recently made its American debut. At 32, he is the youngest person to have an opera commissioned by the Met.

Two CC Sophomores Win 2012 Critical Language Scholarships

Sahrula Kubie CC’14 and Shamm Petros CC’14 were among the 10 Columbia students awarded 2012 Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) by the US Department of State.

Five More Columbia Students, Alumni Receive Fulbrights

Columbia's total count of winners of the international prize this year is now seven.

Brandon Victor Dixon ’03CC is 'Hamilton's new Aaron Burr

Dixon, an alum of the Varsity Show, will play the archnemesis of King's College alum Alexander Hamilton in Broadway's smash hit hip-hop musical.

Forum Hosts Global Thought Leaders

Columbia University President Bollinger hosts the annual World Leaders Forum, and welcomes Presidents and Prime Ministers from Japan, Poland, Norway and more.

Columbia's 10th Annual World Leaders Forum

Flags of the world

Guests include Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, NBC News Correspondent Ann Curry and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.

Core Curriculum Reaches beyond Columbia to Local GED Students

Core Curriculum Class
A group of adult students working toward their high school Graduate Equivalency Diplomas had the opportunity to experience Columbia's renowned Core Curriculum first-hand.

Columbia Engineering Professor Wins MacArthur “Genius” Grant

Kartik Chandran, associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering, has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow for his work in transforming wastewater to a resource for useful products.

Columbia Visits You

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions travels extensively to introduce Columbia University to prospective students. See if we will be in your area soon.

Columbia Engineering hosts NYC Entrepreneurship Night

Cybersecurity was the headline topic at Columbia Engineering’s NYC Entrepreneurship Night, where students, alumni, and faculty got a glimpse at some of the exciting new startups from Columbia entrepreneurs.

Columbia Lions 2015 NCAA Fencing Champions

For the 14th time in program history and first under the guidance of head coach Michael Aufrichtig, the Columbia University fencing program has claimed the NCAA National Championship.

2015 Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia Engineering’s Class Day will feature Ben Horowitz '88CC, cofounder and partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Columbia College’s Class Day will include an address by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’92CC.

Alumna Receives “Genius” Grant

Labor organizer Ai-jen Poo '96CC was one of this year’s honorees for the prestigious MacArthur Foundation award.

Visiting Columbia

The Columbia University Visitors Center offers information sessions and campus tours for prospective students and families.

Columbia Faculty Members Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Several professors at Columbia, in disciplines ranging from dance to history to writing, were awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2014, based on their distinguished achievement and exceptional future promise.

2014 Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia Engineering’s Class Day will feature Jon Oringer '99SEAS, founder and chief executive officer of Shutterstock Inc. Columbia College’s Class Day will include an address by acclaimed actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman '89CC.

Columbia Engineering Launches 150th Anniversary Website

Highlights include a timeline of achievements, time capsule presentations, videos, events and memories submitted by students, alumni, and faculty.

Columbia students receive 2014 Presidential Global Fellowships

Funded by a generous grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship program provided funding for 12 first-year undergraduates to participate in a Columbia summer study abroad program.

Columbia Alumni Win Academy Awards

Disney's Frozen, written and co-directed by alumna Jennifer Lee (SOA '05), won two Academy Awards—Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. Alumna Dede Gardner (CC '91) co-produced Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, which received nine nominations in all.

Columbia Launches Presidential Global Fellowship

Funded by a generous grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship program is a new opportunity that offers first-year undergraduates the chance to apply for funding for a Columbia summer study abroad program.

Faculty Member Wins 2013 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Jeffrey Milarsky, distinguished musician, scholar, teacher and conductor, is the recipient of the 2013 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music.

Center for Career Education's "Bring Your Internship to Life" Video Contest

Undergraduate students are invited to create a one to three minute video portraying their summer 2012 internship experiences.

Annual Series Brings International Speakers to Campus

President Bollinger hosts the annual World Leaders Forum, and welcomes Presidents from Senegal, Chile, Estonia and more.

Columbians Named 2013 MacArthur Fellows

Donald Antrim, Associate Professor at the School of the Arts and Alumnus Carl Haber (CC '80, GSAS '82, '83, '85) are amongst the honorees for the annual “Genius Grant.”

Columbia Engineering Women's Forum

Young women who are interested in engineering and applied science are invited to this event on Monday, September 30.

Research Opportunities

Discover how undergraduates take advantage of being a part of one of the finest research institutions in the world.

Clubs and Organizations

Explore the over 500 different opportunities to explore, to grow, to lead and to share at Columbia.

Columbia College Alumnus Elected Mayor of Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti, CC ’92, will be the city’s youngest top official in modern history and the first elected Jewish mayor.

Columbia University Science and Engineering Master Classes

These programs give you the unique opportunity to learn first-hand why some of the world’s most accomplished students with an interest in engineering and science choose to study with Columbia faculty.

Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia College and Columbia Engineering graduation ceremonies to feature prominent alumni speakers.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti to Speak at Columbia

Laurent Lamothe delivered an address as part of the World Leaders Forum series. The event was streamed live on April 22nd.

Women's Tennis Earns First Ivy League Title

The team is 6-1 after recent victories against Penn and Princeton.

Faculty Members Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the 2013 Guggenheim Fellows in April, including eight Columbia professors.

Columbia Global Center Opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate international collaborations, research projects, academic programming and study abroad.

Student Group Performs for White House Visitors

Uptown Vocal, an on-campus jazz a cappella group, was invited to sing for visitors touring the White House as part of its holiday performance series.

World Leaders Forum Event on Future of Europe

The discussion featured speakers including George Soros and Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor and Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought.

Student Performing Arts Group Featured in Magazine

Columbia Ballet Collaborative will appear in the March issue of Dance Magazine.

Columbia Global Center Opens in Nairobi, Kenya

Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate international collaborations, research projects, academic programming and study abroad. This is Columbia’s first center in Africa.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs Featured in The New York Times

Professor Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, shares how he spends his free time in the “Sunday Routine” column.

Columbia College Alumnus Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D, Ph.D., an alumnus of Columbia College and Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Two Columbia Professors Win Lasker Foundation Awards for Their Work in Biological Sciences

Since the inception of the Lasker Awards in 1945, 81 Lasker laureates have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, 29 in the last two decades.

New Admissions Website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia University is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website.

Columbia Engineering Professor Awarded NSF Grant

Computer Science Professor Steven Nowick has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Columbia Faculty Featured on C-SPAN's Book TV

Peter Slen spent the day interviewing ten professors about their books, with discussion topics ranging from Iraq to climate change to Occupy Wall Street.

Columbia Marks 258th Year

Founded on July 12, 1754, as King's College, Columbia highlights our 258 years of history.

Alumna Directs Documentary on College Admissions

"First Generation" follows four low-income high school students during their college search.

Faculty Members Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Guggenheim Seal
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows in April, including eight Columbia professors.