of Columbia students are the first generation in their families to go to college
Diversity in education is transformative – enriching individuals as it enriches the community and society as a whole. Students from all backgrounds and with divergent needs will find opportunities at Columbia that allow them to thrive and succeed. Consider this sampling of resources available for undergraduates to engage with the wonderful mosaic that is the Columbia community.
Multicultural Affairs aims to promote an inclusive university climate by preparing students to succeed in a heterogeneous and ever-changing society. Through intellectual inquiry, mentoring, advocacy, educational leadership and cultural programming, Multicultural Affairs serves as the primary resource for students around inter/intracultural and community issues.
Allowing students to explore questions of race, gender, nationality and ethnicity throughout a spectrum of departments and academic fields, The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race oversees many of these interdisciplinary areas of study with faculty from fields as diverse as Music, Psychology and Anthropology.
ASP houses Columbia's Opportunity Programs as well as academic tutoring and mentoring initiatives for all students. ASP serves as a resource especially for students who are coming from under-resourced backgrounds in helping them maximize their potential at Columbia. Through an array of retention-based opportunities, transitional programming, tutoring, skill-building seminars, educational and personal advising and mentoring programs, ASP offers a supportive environment for students throughout their college experience.
The mission of the Chaplain is to promote interfaith and intercultural awareness; foster learning through spiritual, ethical, religious, political and cultural exchanges; and host programs on matters of justice, faith and spirituality. The nearly 40 different spiritual and religious organizations utilize Earl Hall as a home for worship and programming.
In keeping with longstanding Columbia tradition, students seek to bring real change to campus and the communities that surround Columbia. Columbia’s engagement comes from a concerted effort by students to always question and to find better answers and has led to a large network of service and activist organizations available on campus. Through Student Engagement, groups such as Community Impact are able to work with local communities in tackling social inequity.
Columbia is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all applicants admitted as first-year students. In our quest to make Columbia affordable for everyone, all students eligible for financial aid from Columbia are packaged without student loans; students from families with incomes below $60,000 do not have a parent contribution; and students from families with incomes between $60,000 and $100,000 have a reduction in their parent contribution. We believe cost should not be a barrier to anyone considering applying to or attending Columbia.