Students & Faculty

From undergraduates at the beginning of a promising academic journey to groundbreaking faculty who are leaders in their fields, the Columbia community is like no other. Each individual brings multifaceted talents, perspectives and interests that contribute to a truly singular intellectual and social environment.

Find your community—and lifelong friends.

Our students come together from every background and every corner of the world to engage and explore, to seek new adventures and perspectives, to build connections and lifelong friendships, and to pursue a better world.

Meet Our Students
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Columbia student Renata in Times Square

Why Columbia? "I chose Columbia because I appreciated the collective experience offered by the Core Curriculum. I knew I'd be challenged here (and I certainly have been), but I also knew that there was a great opportunity of growing as an individual outside of the classroom and in such a diverse city in every sense of the word."

Renata
M.
Brownsville, TX
Sustainable Development
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Columbia student Blessing on campus

Professors that are both world-renowned and accessible to undergraduates: "One of my favorite classes at Columbia has been Shakespeare in America with Professor James Shapiro.  Our final assignment was a term paper and I wrote mine on a performance done at the Public Theater. Professor Shapiro knew the director, Kenny Leon, and got me to interview him for my research!"

Blessing
U.
Houston, TX
Theater and Education
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Columbia student Mackenzie

A traditional residential campus in New York City: "Having a campus within a city is rare and special. We have an amazing home base that really cultivates community, and yet we also have easy access to New York City thanks to the subway line right outside the gates!"

Mackenzie
G.
Great Falls, MT
Sociology and Education
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Columbia student Gabriel standing in front of Alma Mater

On the Core Curriculum: "The Core Curriculum has provided me with an academic framework to examine the foundations of the society we live in. I am better able to understand the structures and systems that make up the world around us due in part to the Core."

Gabriel
G.
Miami, FL
Political Science
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Columbia student Kaitlyn

Campus community: "The Society of Women Engineers is my favorite co-curricular activity that I am involved with. I am on the Mentorship Committee, so I help to plan events where first-years and sophomores get to meet juniors and seniors in their department. As a first-year, I was so grateful to get advice from the junior and senior women in STEM on classes and adjusting to college life."

Kaitlyn
B.
Tuxedo, NY
Applied Math and Computer Science
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Columbia student Haya

Learning beyond the classroom at Columbia: "I've done research in the Carleton Civil Engineering Lab. I was able to learn more about material test strengths and the methods of determining if concrete and steel samples are up to industry standards, as well as research involving soil mechanics. It was a very enriching experience, and I also had a lot of fun!"

Haya
G.
Beirut, Lebanon
Civil Engineering, Minor in Middle Eastern, South Asian & African Studies
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Columbia student Charlie on the Law Bridge above Amsterdam Ave

A traditional residential campus in New York City: "My current suitemates are all friends that I made freshman year in Carman Floor 6.  We now use our suite in East Campus with a big and wonderful kitchen to host potluck dinners. I love coming back to my dorm everyday and seeing my closest friends while still having a single in my suite."

Charlie
W.
Denver, CO
East Asian Studies and Political Science

Meet your new mentors.

Columbia faculty are today’s thought leaders, genius innovators, and literary lions—and best of all, they love to teach. With an open office hours policy to mentor undergraduates, they have a way of inspiring their students to take their own giant steps.