Schermerhorn Hall

Schermerhorn is home to several departments, including AnthropologyArt History and ArcheologyE3B (Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology) and Psychology.

Mudd Hall

Mudd Hall is home to many departments of The Fu Foundation School for Engineering and Applied Science. The benefactor of Mudd Hall, Seeley G. Mudd (a SEAS graduate), donated to over 30 colleges and universities—each of which has a Seeley G. Mudd building—but Columbia’s Mudd Hall is the only one named for his father, Seeley W. Mudd.

Northwest Corner Building

The newest building on Columbia’s campus, the Northwest Corner Building (or “NoCo”) is home to interdisciplinary science and engineering laboratories, classrooms and faculty offices, as well as an integrated science library and a student favorite café, Joe Coffee. NoCo is a LEED Gold-certified building.

Alfred Lerner Hall

Lerner is Columbia’s student union, home to Ferris Booth Dining Commons, two cafes, Roone Arledge Auditorium and Cinema, and several conference and multipurpose rooms. It also houses some administrative offices, including the Berick Center for Student Advising.

Buell Hall

The oldest building on the Morningside Heights campus (predating even Columbia’s existence), Buell is home to La Maison Francaise, the oldest French cultural center on an American campus.

Havemeyer Hall

Havemeyer is home to the Chemistry Department. Room 309, a classic-looking lecture hall, is known as the “most filmed classroom in America.” It appears in the moviesGhostbustersMona Lisa SmileKinseyMalcolm X and the Spider-Man trilogy.

St. Paul's Chapel

Columbia’s nondenominational chapel features sixteen stained glass windows with the coats of arms of historical New York families. 

Low Library

Low Library was the first Columbia building on the Morningside Heights campus and boasts the largest free-standing granite dome in the United States. It is home to the Visitors Center and administrative offices, including President Bollinger's office, and the Pulitzer Prize ceremony is held in the Rotunda annually.


Carman is one of the first-year residence halls and consists entirely of doubles in four-person suites. Famous former residents include Eric Holder, the former Attorney General of the United States, and songwriter-musician Art Garfunkel.


Furnald is one of the first-year residence halls and consists largely of singles. During World War II, naval officers in training took residence here, and the hall also housed graduate students and seniors at various points. Famous past residents include Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk.