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.

Miller Theatre/Dodge Hall

Dodge Hall, home of the School of the Arts, houses Miller Theatre, a performance space that hosts events in dance, jazz, opera and contemporary music. One of the most popular events is the Composer Portrait series, where several pieces by a particular composer are performed on one night.

Hamilton Hall

Home to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Hamilton Hall also hosts the Office of the Columbia College Dean, the Core Curriculum office, and several humanities departments. The lobby contains 19th-century Tiffany stained glass windows which depict Lit Hum authors Virgil and Sophocles and were originally in the library on Columbia's midtown campus.