Columbia University

New York City, New York West 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY, 10027
A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Academics
  • B+ Athletics
  • A Campus
  • A+ Diversity
  • A+ Value
  • A Party Scene

Columbia University Admissions

Acceptance Rate 5.45%
Acceptance Deadline January 1
Students Receiving Financial Aid 59.43%

Columbia University Cost

Net Price* $21,828
Average Total Aid Awarded $7,057
Students Receiving Financial Aid 59.43%
*Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Columbia University Academics

Student Faculty Ratio 6:1

Columbia University Majors

Most Popular Majors
  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Political Science and Government
  • Research and Experimental Psychology
  • History
  • English
  • Engineering
  • Biology
  • Neuroscience and Neurobiology
  • Sociology

Columbia University Online

Offers Online Courses No

Columbia University Students

Full-Time Undergrad Enrollment 7,666
Part-Time Undergraduates 550

Columbia University Advisors

Our advisors graduated from the nation’s best universities, so they know first-hand what it takes to stand out in the admissions process.'s advisors include Marshall Scholars, Fulbright recipients, first-generation college students, professional actors and musicians, startup founders, doctors, teachers and more - all rigorously screened and trained to support students and families on their college journeys.

Jessica Eller
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
I am a Senior Advisor with admissions experience looking to help students make their college dreams a reality. As a seasoned College Advisor who has also evaluated college applications, I have seen both sides of the process and want to help you skillfully convey your talent and passions in your applications. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, listening to hip hop, rap, and R&B, as well as cooking and baking.

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Arshia Malek, M.Ed.
University of Southern California
Thank you for visiting my profile! My name is Arshia, and I'm an Advising Manager and Senior Consultant for I hold a B.A. in Sociology and M.Ed. in Educational Counseling from University of Southern California and a Certificate in College Admission Consulting from UC Berkeley. I look forward to partnering with you and assisting you in your college admissions journey. Key experiences: admission and advisement at USC, QuestBridge, and University of California system. Expertise: college admissions and planning, academic and career counseling, major exploration, transfer, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, and pre-health advisement.

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Angel Hsu
University of California – Berkeley

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Andrew Wailes
Columbia University
Thank you for taking this next step in your future! I am an experienced educator and college advisor, having spent the past decade supporting high school students in New York, California, and Hong Kong. I believe in each and every student's ability to succeed. Everyone has something to offer. In working with students, I always make sure that feel heard, valued, and even celebrated. I look forward to supporting you as you embark on this exciting next step of your educational journey.

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Andrea Cooper
Harvard University
I studied Romance languages and Latin American Studies at Harvard University and am currently working in research for a human rights-focused nonprofit.

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Jasmine S. Phillips
Colby College
Jasmine attained a B.A. in history and American Studies from Colby College. During her time at Colby, she noticed the link between college accessibility, diversity, ability, and structural inequalities, which led her to pursue a graduate degree in higher education. She holds an M.S. Ed. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Jasmine has 5+ years of experience assisting students in their college and scholarship pursuits. Former students have earned Gates, Questbridge, Horatio Alger, and Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships. She has also helped students gain admission to top institutions such as Cornell, WashU, Colby, Bowdoin, Columbia, Emory, UC Davis, Yale, SMU, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Tulane among others. Jasmine's educational philosophy: student learning is the focus; student success is the goal. Jasmine was recently selected as one of six College Board Fellows, where she was recognized as a person-to-watch, national scholar, and rising leader in closing the educational attainment gap. She was also selected as a RESULTS fellow for her work as an activist and leader fighting against poverty.

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Joseph Recupero
Hey! I'm Joseph, a graduate of Gettysburg College and Columbia University. During my time at Gettysburg I majored in Political Science and Anthropology while dedicating myself to issues of diversity and inclusion on campus. I served in the admission office for four years and rose to be a member of the Admission Executive Team. I attended Columbia University for my Masters in Anthropology and conducted my fieldwork in Sarajevo, Bosnia. I also served as an Admission Counselor at Truman State University. A unique fact about me: I have traveled to 60 different countries!

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Moshan Guo
Columbia University
Hi! My name is Moshan and I am a graduating senior at Columbia University. I transferred to Columbia as a first-semester sophomore from Colby College in order to pursue a BA in Human Evolutionary Biology. For my first three years of college, I was on the pre-medical track and did everything from conducting research on drosophila fruitflies to working as a medical assistant at a gastroenterology center. In my senior year at Columbia, I made the transition to consulting and I'll be starting as a full-time analyst at a media and entertainment consulting firm in LA later this year. Having gone through the college application process three times - first as a Questbridge scholar, then as a Regular Decision applicant, and finally as a transfer applicant - I hope to help students craft unique college applications that stand out every step of the way.

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Caroline Benson
Columbia University
Hi there! I was accepted early decision to Columbia, where I studied Comparative Literature. Arabic, Spanish, and English are the languages I chose to work in to complete my undergrad. After working for a few years in publishing, media, and translation, I decided to complete a Center for Arabic Study Abroad fellowship at the American University in Cairo, so that's what I'm doing now. In my free time, I love to watch films, cook, and exercise. I strive to be an honest and relatable advisor, and I am looking forward to working with students of diverse interests, goals, and origins.

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Shruthi Bharadwaj
Princeton University
I'm a currently undecided student at Princeton University, thinking of majoring in Public Policy/Health or Neuroscience! I have years of English tutoring experience, love to write, and love working with college applicants. I want to help you tell your story in a way that's authentic, stress-free for you, and in a way that will make admissions officers want you on campus ASAP! In my free time, I love TV, cooking, stand-up comedy and a good book.

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Matthew Ciurleo
Harvard University
Hello, my name is Matt and I am currently a rising junior at Harvard studying economics and computer science. On campus, I spend a lot of time with a consulting club and have been doing startup work with a few classmates. Some personal interests include golf and yoyos!

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Juliana Furigay
Columbia University
Hi! I'm an economics and political science major at Columbia University. My main extracurricular activities in high school include college prep programs and community service. In my spare time, you'll find me listening to podcasts and exploring New York City. As a firm believer in higher education, I'm eager to propel you towards your college dreams. From crafting a compelling personal statement to navigating admissions interviews, I'm determined to guide you along every stage of the process. I've also had various college counselors and mentors in the past, and am more than happy to impart what they've taught me along with sharing my own experiences!

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Kaveh Badrei
Princeton University
Hello! I’m Kaveh, a recent Princeton University graduate who majored in the School of Public and International Affairs with minors in French and the History & Practice of Diplomacy, focusing on public policy, international relations, and human rights. Over the course of my four years at Princeton, I wrote for the campus newspaper and participated in multiple organizations devoted to community service, civic engagement, and diplomacy. I was also an active member of the performing arts scene on campus. Outside the classroom, I have had the chance to work in the fields of public policy and global affairs at non-profit advocacy organizations, international institutions, and local government bodies both inside the US and around the world. I can’t wait to use my skills and experiences to help students achieve their goals on this exciting path to college!

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Jiwoo Lee
Stanford University
Hi! I’m Jiwoo and I’m currently attending Stanford University, pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics, majoring in Computational Biology, and minoring in Ethics and Technology. I am also on the pre-med track, and I plan on attending medical school and becoming a physician-scientist. On campus, I am involved in research with CRISPR, and off campus, I work remotely at the Broad Institute, using health data to predict heart disease. During high school, I was heavily involved in science competitions and programs, such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Research Science Institute, and Regeneron Science Talent Search, and I would love to share my experiences with you. I look forward to helping you throughout the college application process!

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Isabella Gayoso
Penn State University
Hey! My name is Isabella and I am a rising Junior Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering double major with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Penn State. At Penn State, I hold several distinctions, including being a member of the honors college(Scheyer), the honors engineering scholars program (Leonard Scholars), and a recipient of the Provost Award. Professionally, I worked at SpaceX as an intern for my gap semester in the spring. This summer I am interning for Lockheed Martin Space. During my senior year application cycle, I gained admittance to several top universities, listed on my profile. I also earned several national, regional, and local scholarships including the Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship, and I have totaled over $150,000 in scholarship money to date. One of my areas of strength is scholarship applications and essays, both specific to a university or in a national or local application. I also thoroughly understand how to frame a college application in the best way possible by creating cohesive activity descriptions, essays, and short answer responses. I have worked with students in the Pittsburgh area and with International students. This is my first year with CollegeAdvisor, and I’m so excited to help students meet their goals!

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Blu Frankel
Harvard University
Blu graduated from Harvard College in December 2020 with a degree in Social Anthropology and Art, Film, and Visual Studies. His love of learning has led him to explore a wide variety of subjects throughout his life, and he loves sharing this passion with his students. Blu has worked with students of all ages and has years of experience tutoring for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, and middle and high-school level subjects from Algebra and Spanish to AP Literature and AP U.S. History. Blu's track record not only includes a 2360 SAT score and 5's on 8 Advanced Placement Exams, but also a history of helping students achieve drastic improvements on their own standardized tests and in their regular coursework. Additionally, Blu has experience with college admissions counseling, in particular guiding students through the essay-writing process. He was accepted to a number of top schools including Harvard, Columbia, Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell, Northwestern, and UC Berkeley, and can offer guidance to help you get accepted to the school of your choice. Some of Blu's personal interests include watching and making films, listening to and writing music, hiking, backpacking, designing/building spaces, reading, theater, art, photography, yoga & meditation, philosophy, psychology, stand-up comedy, cooking, and dancing.

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Ashley Emann
Harvard University
I am a nontraditional student; when I graduated High School in 2015, I decided to enlist in the armed forces instead of heading directly to college. I worked two jobs, a myriad of clubs/volunteer organizations, and I was in the top ten of my class, but I still was not accepted into my dream university. Instead of settling into a college that I was unhappy with, I decided to enlist in the armed forces. I served honorably until 2019, when I made the tough decision to apply to colleges as a full-time student. I applied to four colleges with no hopes of being accepted into any of the Ivy Leagues, and surprisingly enough, I was. Three of them welcomed into the class of 2023. Two years later, I am an upcoming Junior studying Chemistry in the hopes of finding a career in forensics.

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College Testimonials from Clients Who Were Accepted to Columbia University

Nico Gentile
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Throughout my time applying to colleges my advisor was always there to look over and essay and provide me with amazing feedback! I am so grateful for all the work and advice that my advisors gave me when applying to college!

Kalyani Valiyaveettil
Columbia University

CollegeAdvisor’s tremendous resources and committed advisors helped make the application process stress-free. I was able to customize the service and create an environment in which I work best. Through hours of essay editing, not only did I grow as a writer but I became more self-aware, learning the value of my experiences. As a look back, I am proud of all the work my advisor, Zoe, and I were able to accomplish together.

Liyuan Zhang

It’s a great honor to have help through the platform of CollegeAdvisor and work with the most experienced advisors during this year’s application season. I’ve actively recommended CollegeAdvisor to juniors in my high school.

Iyanuloluwa Dare

When I reached out to CollegeAdvisor, they supported me with their program and helped me through the signup step-by-step. I was matched with my mentor. She helped me realize my best fit and find my authentic voice through my passions, experiences and challenges. She encouraged me to weave these experiences into my essays which made them stand out. She went above and beyond to support me through the stressful time of college applications and I am so appreciative of how this program supported me into getting into some amazing schools.

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