Columbia College is a relatively small, coeducational, residential college situated in the large and complex Columbia University. These circumstances work to the advantage of our students, who often enjoy the individual, personal attention that only a small college can provide and, at the same time, attend classes that offer an impressive array of intellectual challenges and rewards.
Columbia College is the oldest undergraduate college at Columbia University, situated on the university's main campus in Morningside Heights in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It was founded in 1754 by the Church of England as King's College, receiving a Royal Charter from King George II of Great Britain. Columbia College is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. The college is highly selective in its admissions.
As a small college in a large research institution, Columbia College also offers a large array of academic programs taught by faculty working at the frontiers of their disciplines. Students can choose from among more than eighty majors, over forty concentrations, and hundreds of electives, which range widely over the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Besides these curricular resources, there are also extensive cultural, athletic, and recreational resources available to students at Columbia. Many opportunities also exist for students to participate in outreach programs that assist less fortunate members of our society. Although virtually all of our first-year students live in residence halls, student life at Columbia extends beyond classrooms and campus experiences. The intensity, excitement, cultural richness, and social variety of urban New York beckons to all of you