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Columbia Student Life

Columbia is on a 36-acre campus in an urban setting in New York, New York, not far from New York City. There are many activities and organizations for Columbia students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Columbia also has fraternities and sororities.

Columbia has a thriving community service. In fact, more students participate in community service than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Columbia include cultural organizations, performing arts, athletics and publications.

Columbia students' favorite campus traditions are Homecoming, Tree Lighting/Yule Log Ceremony and Varsity Show.

Does Columbia Offer Student Housing?

Columbia offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Columbia offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Columbia Athletics

At Columbia there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Columbia:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Crew NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Fencing NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Rowing NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Squash NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Is Columbia Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Columbia University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Columbia campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Columbia offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

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Columbia Students

51%

Women

49%

Men

100%

Full Time

Unknown

Part Time

21%

In State

79%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

31%

21%

17%

15%

9%

5%

1%

1%

0.05%

Undergraduate Students

6,170

Non-Resident / International Students

1,034

Columbia Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

Unknown

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

6%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,671

Out-of-State

$61,671

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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