Welcome to Columbia University in the City of New York. Our campus is located specifically on the island of Manhattan, which means "island of many hills" in the language of the Lenni Lenape people. We recognize that Manhattan is part of the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Lenni Lenape and Wappinger people, who are still active members of our community throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Learn more by watching this video.
Columbia truly is a place like no other—but don’t take our word for it. The best way to get to know our campus, neighborhood, city and community is to experience each one for yourself.
Whether you want to explore from the comfort of your own home or take in the sights and sounds of New York City firsthand, check out our calendar of virtual and in-person admissions events today! We’re excited to welcome you into the Columbia Blue—and we can’t wait to find out where it takes you.
When I first visited I was struck by all the green spaces and comfortable nooks in and around Columbia. It was a traditional yet uniquely beautiful college campus right here in NYC.
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Life at Columbia
Explore what it means to be a student at Columbia. From our location in New York City to our vibrant, on-campus communities, Columbia allows you to discover, live and learn at the center of it all.
Across departments, schools, and institutes, Columbians at every level are driven by a passion for discovery, working in the service of improving human understanding and the advancement of our global society.
How to Apply
The college application process is a time for reflection, research, aspiration and organization. When you’re ready to begin your Columbia journey, we’re ready to help, every step of the way.
We can’t tell you the best street vendor in the city. Some things you have to learn for yourself. Other things? Give us a try.