Overview:For more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world. At the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries, and service to society.
Our distinguished faculty, alumni, and student body are expanding the boundaries of knowledge in medicine, science, the arts, humanities, and the professions. The University offers an outstanding and comprehensive array of academic programs. These include three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, a world-renowned medical center, four affiliated colleges and seminaries, twenty-five libraries, and more than one hundred research centers and institutes.
Columbia is both global and local in focus. As a vital part of New York, our research and teaching are enhanced by the vast resources of one of the world's greatest cities. We are an intellectual community of some 40,000 students, faculty, and staff who work continually to expand our mission of teaching, research, patient care, and public service.