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The Columbia Experience

With the tranquility of our beautiful campus and vibrant New York City beyond, the best of both worlds is just steps away.

As New York State’s first university, rooted in one of the world’s most influential cities, Columbia University embodies both history and progress. Here, there is a similar duality in higher learning: study and experience. Students can learn everything New York City has to teach firsthand in guided excursions, from the financial market of Wall Street, to the celebrated productions of Broadway; and from renowned landmarks and museums, to the latest research centers. Beyond the classroom, special opportunities such as featured lectures and writing workshops expose students to expert knowledge delivered by world-class instructors.

Student Life

Co-curricular activities, clubs, events, and other opportunities are designed to strengthen student skills: for college, career—and life.
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Living on Campus

When New York City is at your doorstep, you get to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences a little more often. No matter what interests you, New York is sure to have it.
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Commuting to Campus

40% of students commute to campus, with many residing in the NYC area and others traveling from different parts of the world with their families. Students living off campus still have access to campus resources and activities.
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Studying Online

Through Columbia's online interactive learning platform, students across the globe can engage with one another through rigorous curricular instruction, inclusive student life activities, and informative college success events.
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College Preparation

Students are invited to attend seminars, workshops, and lectures to prepare for the academic rigors of university life. Our instructors and staff will help you prepare—and succeed.­­
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World-class Instructors

Our diverse and international instructors are experts in their fields. They are committed to sharing their knowledge, insight, and experience with students.
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Explore Our Pre-College programs

The best way to prepare for college is the way that works best for you. That’s why we offer multiple programs: learn in person or online, during the school year or summertime—you can even earn college credit.

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Join our list to ask questions and get more information about the programs that interest you.

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Visit the Admissions page to review program requirements and deadlines, or start your application.