The academic experience at Columbia is both challenging and enriching. No matter where you grew up or what type of education you had prior to coming here, our curriculum will push you to grow as both an intellectual and a human being. But it is not only your professors who will help you become a better thinker. At Columbia your peers also will be some of your greatest teachers during your four years; everyone is both a student and a mentor. You will have an educational experience like no other. In meeting rooms and auditoriums, theaters and playing fields, brownstones and practice rooms, students pursue their passions. At Columbia, there are over 500 opportunities to explore, to grow, to lead, to share. Columbia is committed to creating and supporting a community diverse in every way: race, ethnicity, geography, religion, academic and extracurricular interest, family circumstance, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background and more. With one of the most generous financial aid programs in the nation, we ensure that our education is accessible to all.
Situated in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Morningside Heights, Columbia “offers so many free and discounted tickets to museums and cultural events, there’s always something fun to get out and do.” All you have to do is get on the subway. Students feel that Columbia “has a complete campus inside New York City, so each student is free to choose whether they want to take advantage of the urban setting or just stay on campus and have a more traditional campus experience.” Undergrads have access to a vast array of “research positions, internships, externships, and study abroad experiences.” Students want to point out that since they live in New York City, there’s no one typical activity that students take part in. Instead, “there’s a ton of things to do around campus, but then a lot of people will also go downtown to a comedy show or to a new bar or to a Broadway show.” The general consensus is that “the opportunities are just endless.”