Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Run by NASAthe Goddard Institute focuses on climate change research (including analysis based on spacecraft observations).

Bank St. School of Education

Bank Street is a graduate school that focuses on child development and education and is best known for introducing a line of children’s books that focus on diversity.

Manhattan School of Music

MSM is a classical and jazz music conservatory that claims Herbie Hancock, Harry Connick Jr., Elliot Goldenthal and several Metropolitan Opera soloists as alumni.

Grant's Tomb

Do you know who’s buried there? This landmark, perhaps best known as prelude to a punchline, is the second largest mausoleum in the Western Hemisphere.

Riverside Church

This church, the tallest in the United States, has hosted Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan for notable speeches.

Tom's Restaurant

Tom's, notable locally for its milkshakes, was featured both as an exterior in Seinfeld and in Suzanne Vega's song, Tom's Diner.

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

An “unfinished” architectural wonder, St. John’s annually hosts the festival of St. Francis, where animals of all sizes are blessed.

Alma Mater

Alma Mater sits proudly in front of Low Library and was sculpted by Daniel Chester French, a renowned sculptor best known for the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. A "sister sculpture" modeled after Columbia's version sits at the University of Havana in Cuba. Legend has it that the first-year student who first locates the "hidden owl" will become the class valedictorian!


A popular meeting place for students, the Sundial was originally a functioning sundial with a giant granite sphere.

Dodge Fitness Center

Dodge Fitness Center, located underground next to Low Library, contains the Levien Gymnasium (basketball courts), the University Gym (a multipurpose space), Uris Pool, the tri-level physical fitness center, an indoor running track, squash and handball courts, other training facilities and athletics department offices.