College Spotlight: Columbia University

Ever heard of New York City? Well in the heart of the Big Apple lies one of the world’s top universities, actually ranked as the 5th best college in the nation by US News. Founded in 1754, Columbia has produced many notable alumni throughout the years, including five of the founding fathers of the country, four presidents, nine Supreme Court justices, and 97 Nobel Prize winners.

With just over 6,000 undergraduates, Columbia university spans a beautiful 36-acre campus in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood. Although Columbia is an urban school, it’s brownstones are home to more than 25 Greek fraternity and Sorority chapters, representing about 10% of the student body.

Murilo walks toward the Low Memorial Library on campus

Speaking of student body, Columbia’s is one of the nation’s most diverse. The university has the second largest international student body in the U.S. Approximately 22% of the student body is enrolled in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering, a top program in the nation.

Along with its academics, Columbia offers a broad array of organizations for students to become involved in, as well as the infinite opportunities that come with living in New York City. 

Fun fact: Columbia’s Havemeyer 309 lecture hall is the most filmed lecture hall in America, appearing in movies such as Spider Man and Ghostbusters. Also, Columbia’s Baker Field was the site of the nation’s first ever televised sporting event in 1939, just one of the many things Columbia has been the first to do!


Did you know that we've toured campus a few times and have quite a bit of insight about what it's like to be a student there? Read more about Columbia University here!