Columbia University in the City of New York

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$57,763
14% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$21,828
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.1%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
5.45%
42,823 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
31,456
84.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
95.8%
1,399 Graduates

About

Columbia University in the City of New York is a higher education institution located in New York County, NY. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Columbia University in the City of New York were Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (290 degrees awarded), Computer Science (282 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (237 degrees).

In 2019, 12,920 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbia University in the City of New York. 52.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,705 degrees), 2.67 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1387 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia University in the City of New York is $57,763, which is $29,263 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia University in the City of New York is $57,763, which is $29,263 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,828.

In 2019, 62% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 23% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$57,763
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Columbia University in the City of New York was $57,763. The cost of tuition at Columbia University in the City of New York is $29,263 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$21,828
2019 Value
2.87%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Columbia University in the City of New York had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,828. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Columbia University in the City of New York grew by 2.87%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,851
Room and Board
$1,270
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbia University in the City of New York was of $15,851 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,270. The cost of room and board increased by 2.22% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 9.29% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

62%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
23%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

62% of undergraduate students at Columbia University in the City of New York received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 3.33% with respect to 2018, when 60% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.1%
2017 Default Rate
82
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Columbia University in the City of New York was 2.1%, which represents 82 out of the 3900 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Columbia University in the City of New York received 42,823 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 5.55% annual growth. Out of those 42,823 applicants, 2,332 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 5.45% acceptance rate.

There were 31,456 students enrolled at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2019, and 65% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbia University in the City of New York has an overall enrollment yield of 62.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

5.45%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,332
Accepted Out of 42,823

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbia University in the City of New York was 5.45% (2,332 admissions from 42,823 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 5.91%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 5.55%, while admissions declined by -2.79%.

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SAT Scores

65%
Submission Percentage
936
Scores Submitted

65% of enrolled first-time students at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbia University in the City of New York has a total enrollment of 31,456 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia University in the City of New York is 26,487 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,969. This means that 84.2% of students enrolled at Columbia University in the City of New York are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbia University in the City of New York, both undergraduate and graduate, is 30.1% White, 12.3% Asian, 7.84% Hispanic or Latino, 4.75% Black or African American, 2.66% Two or More Races, 0.181% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0922% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Columbia University in the City of New York in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (19.4%), followed by White Female (14.5%) and Asian Female (9.84%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (15.4%), followed by White Male (12.8%) and Asian Female (6.14%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

84.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbia University in the City of New York, both undergraduate and graduate, is 31,456 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia University in the City of New York is 26,487 and the part-time enrollment is 4,969. This means that 84.2% of students enrolled at Columbia University in the City of New York are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

99%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Columbia University in the City of New York was 99%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Columbia University in the City of New York had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    9,456
  2. Asian
    3,865
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,467

The enrolled student population at Columbia University in the City of New York is 30.1% White, 12.3% Asian, 7.84% Hispanic or Latino, 4.75% Black or African American, 2.66% Two or More Races, 0.181% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0922% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,444 students (4.59%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 724 more women than men received degrees from Columbia University in the City of New York. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Columbia University in the City of New York is white (3,705 degrees awarded). There were 2.67 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1387 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbia University in the City of New York is Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (290 degrees awarded), followed by Computer Science (282 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (237 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Columbia University in the City of New York, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Architecture and Related Services (464 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (739 degrees), and Legal (741 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York are Social workers, all other (154,748 people), Architects, except landscape and naval (104,388 people), Other managers (84,449 people), Postsecondary teachers (62,259 people), and Software developers (61,056 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York are Architecture and Related Services (464 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (739 degrees), Legal (741 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (1,020 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (156 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Physicians, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York are Architecture and Related Services (464 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (739 degrees), Legal (741 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (1,020 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (156 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York are Elementary & secondary schools (178,117 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (146,908 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (121,566 people), Individual & family services (102,305 people), and Computer Systems Design (82,424 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York are Architecture and Related Services (464 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (739 degrees), Legal (741 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (1,020 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (156 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Columbia University in the City of New York.
Most Common
  1. 290 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 282 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 237 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbia University in the City of New York was Econometrics & Quantitative Economics with 290 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

6,098
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
6,822
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 6,098 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia University in the City of New York, which is 0.894 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,822).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 730 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia University in the City of New York in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.57 times more than the 465 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 494 degrees were awarded to women at Columbia University in the City of New York in Social Work, which is 6.59 times more than the 75 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

88%
100% Completion Time
95%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 88% of students graduating from Columbia University in the City of New York completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 95% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 96% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Doctoral Universities Carnegie Classification group.

Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Columbia University in the City of New York is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.64% of graduates (37 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,705 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1,387 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    885 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbia University in the City of New York is white (3,705 degrees awarded). There were 2.67 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1387 degrees).

5.39% of degree recipients (696 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,935 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,770 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    771 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Columbia University in the City of New York is white female (1,935 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,770 degrees).

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Operations

Columbia University in the City of New York has an endowment valued at nearly $11B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $451M (4.12%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Columbia University in the City of New York had a total salary expenditure of $4.82B. Columbia University in the City of New York employs 825 Professors, 366 Lecturers, and 230 Assistant professors. Most academics at Columbia University in the City of New York are Male Professors (601), Female Professors(224), and Female Lecturers (194).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia University in the City of New York are: Management, with 2373 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 1402 employees, and Research with 1169 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$11B
2019 Endowment
0.75%
growth from 2018

Columbia University in the City of New York has an endowment valued at about $11B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbia University in the City of New York grew 0.75% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.6B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $938M - Federal
  2. $8.29M - State
  3. $663k - Local

As of 2019, Columbia University in the City of New York received $938M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $8.29M from state grants and contracts, and $663k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$2.28B
2019 Salaries
6.16%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Columbia University in the City of New York paid a median of $2.28B in salaries, which represents 47.3% of their overall expenditure ($4.82B) and a 6.16% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.76% growth from 2017 and a 6.18% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$289M
Instructional Salaries
1,652
Number of Employees

In 2019, Columbia University in the City of New York paid a total of $289M to 1,652 employees working as instructors, which represents 12.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
825 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
2373 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbia University in the City of New York were Professor with 825 employees; Lecturer with 366 employees; and Lecturer with 230 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia University in the City of New York were Management with 2,373 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 1,402 employees; and Research with 1,169 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbia University in the City of New York was Male Professor with 601 employees, Female Professor with 224 employees, and Female Lecturer with 194 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Columbia University in the City of New York.

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