College Of The Week: Columbia University

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Columbia University is a Private Ivy League Research University that was founded in 1754. 

Columbia is the oldest higher-ed institution in New York, as well as the fifth in the whole United States. 

Located in New York, New York, Columbia University has been ranked by US News as the number 3 National University in the nation. ⁣⁣


Columbia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,245 with a 5% acceptance rate.



  • The Regular Decision Deadline is January 1st
  • The Early Decision Deadline is November 1st
  • Application fee: $85


Columbia University’s tuition and fees amount to $64,380.

In 2020, the price of Room and Board was $14,970.

Yet, this does not mean you would have to pay that amount, as Columbia is known for granting generous financial aid packages to students who need them.


Need-based aid is determined by your family’s financial ability to pay for college, which is calculated by the FAFSA.

For example, in 2020, families that made under $30,000 a year, paid around $10,245 to attend Columbia University.

Notable Alumni

Columbia is also known for its impressive list of notable alumni.

Some of these include personalities of the likes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Timothee Chalamet, Kate McKinnon, and even PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!

Columbia University is distinctly known for being the alma mater of the United States’ 44th President, Barack Obama, who graduated in 1983 with degrees in political science and English literature. ⁣⁣
A fun fact that not many people know, however, is that two other presidents received Columbia degrees AFTER president Obama.

How is that possible?

Well in 2008, both president FDR and Theodore Roosevelt received honorary posthumous law degrees without having ever attended. 

So technically, three American presidents have received degrees from Columbia University.⁣⁣
Watch this video to see where other US Presidents went to college!



#3 in National Universities   


In 2020, the graduation rate for Columbia University seniors was 97%⁣. 


Stay tuned for next week’s “College of the Week” highlight.


As always, if you have any questions, please let us know!


– Laura 

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