Columbia University requires at least 124-128 credit hours to complete a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Columbia accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Columbia does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 97% of students who start college at Columbia finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
Columbia offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Columbia may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Columbia has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Columbia directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Columbia students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Columbia.
Student Designed Majors
Columbia allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Columbia does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Columbia
Columbia offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
✅ Columbia offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
🟨 For more information on any possible distant learning options available at Columbia, contant the school directly.
✅ Columbia offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
🟨 To learn more about any possible honors programs at Columbia, check with the school directly.
❌ Columbia studets are not required to complete an internship.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Columbia does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.
The main library on campus is the Butler and there are 18 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Columbia offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Columbia have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Columbia has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Columbia include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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