Columbia University in the City of New York


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: New York


From its beginnings in a schoolhouse in lower Manhattan, Columbia University has grown to encompass two principal campuses: the historic, neoclassical campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood and the modern Medical Center further uptown, in Washington Heights. Today, Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting pathbreaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education.

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Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 23196
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Faculty: 3608

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1
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Contact Information

116 St And Broadway
New York New York 10027


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Main Phone: 212-854-1754

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Admissions Contact:
Matthew Rotstein
Director, Admissions
(212) 854-2772

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Athletics Contact:
Dr. M. Dianne Murphy
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, Athletics Department

Applying to Transfer

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
In general, the Admissions Committee is looking for at least a 3.00 GPA. It is important to note that the admissions committee also takes into account standardized test scores, the autobiographical essay, recommendations, and high school performance.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Columbia has a minimum grade requirement of C for transfer credit.

Credits (Min/Max):
TAll B.A./B.S. candidates are eligible to receive in transfer up to 60 of the 124 credits required for graduation. Each department is authorized to accept up to 12 GS-approved transfer credits toward the major; some departments accept less than 12.

Test Scores for Applying:
The submission of official scores from the SAT or the ACT (taken within 8 years of your application) is required. Students who have no test scores or results older than eight years may take the General Studies Admissions Examination at a cost of $40.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Columbia requires the submission of two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources.

Essay(s) required:
One typed, double-spaced essay is required. See the admissions application for essay question.

Application Fee:
There is a $75 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
Students should apply for scholarship and financial aid when they apply for admission.

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General Studies' students may be eligible to receive scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Aid may come from GS, federal and state governments, or private sources. Approximately 70% of all GS students receive some form of financial aid.

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