Columbia University in the City of New York

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$61,989
4.27% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$22,058
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.937%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
3.95%
60,879 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
34,782
81.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
95.2%
1,443 Graduates

About

Columbia University in the City of New York is a higher education institution located in New York County, NY. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Columbia University in the City of New York were Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (1,447 degrees awarded), Social Work (532 degrees), and General Advanced Legal Studies (503 degrees).

In 2022, 14,565 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbia University in the City of New York. 56.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,221 degrees), 2.22 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1,905 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia University in the City of New York is $61,989, which is $31,839 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Columbia University in the City of New York is $61,989, which is $31,839 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,058.

In 2022, 57% of undergraduate students attending Columbia University in the City of New York received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 15% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$61,989
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Columbia University in the City of New York was $61,989. The cost of tuition at Columbia University in the City of New York is $31,839 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$22,058
2022 Value
77.7%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Columbia University in the City of New York had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,058. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Columbia University in the City of New York grew by 77.7%.

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Other Student Expenses

$18,008
Room and Board
$1,342
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbia University in the City of New York was of $18,008 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 17.1% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,342. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.82% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

57%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
15%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

57% of undergraduate students at Columbia University in the City of New York received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 5% with respect to 2021, 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.
0.937%
2019 Default Rate
35
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Columbia University in the City of New York was 0.937%, which represents 35 out of the 3735 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 60,879 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 0.378% annual growth. Out of those 60,879 applicants, 2,404 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 3.95% acceptance rate.

There were 34,782 students enrolled at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2022. 44% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbia University in the City of New York has an overall enrollment yield of 64.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

3.95%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,404
Accepted Out of 60,879

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbia University in the City of New York was 3.95% (2,404 admissions from 60,879 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 4.13%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 0.378%, while admissions declined by −4.75%..

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SAT Scores

44%
Submission Percentage (2022)
672
Scores Submitted (2022)

44% of enrolled first-time students at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbia University in the City of New York had a total enrollment of 34,782 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Columbia University in the City of New York is 28,383 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,399. This means that 81.6% 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 25.9% White, 13.1% Asian, 8.53% Hispanic or Latino, 5.11% Black or African American, 3.31% Two or More Races, 0.158% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0719% 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 (16.2%), followed by White Female (14.2%) and Asian Female (9.72%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (14.1%), followed by White Male (10.2%) and Asian Female (6.64%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34,782 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia University in the City of New York is 28,383 and the part-time enrollment is 6,399. This means that 81.6% of students enrolled at Columbia University in the City of New York are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

98%
2022 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 98%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), 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 (2022)
  1. White
    8,998 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    4,549 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,966 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Columbia University in the City of New York is 25.9% White, 13.1% Asian, 8.53% Hispanic or Latino, 5.11% Black or African American, 3.31% Two or More Races, 0.158% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0719% 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 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% 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, 1,219 students (3.5%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,779 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 (4,221 degrees awarded). There were 2.22 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1905 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Columbia University in the City of New York is Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (1,447 degrees awarded), followed by Social Work (532 degrees) and General Advanced Legal Studies (503 degrees).

In 2022,  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 Legal (926 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (506 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (792 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

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 Software developers (476,777 people), Other managers (357,580 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (348,461 people), Civil engineers (279,702 people), and Mechanical engineers (205,399 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2022 are Legal (926 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (506 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (792 degrees), Language & Linguistics (233 degrees), and Engineering (1,404 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

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 Podiatrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York are Legal (926 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (506 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (792 degrees), Language & Linguistics (233 degrees), and Engineering (1,404 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 Computer Systems Design (512,653 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (430,045 people), Elementary & secondary schools (310,746 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (300,911 people), and Construction (292,838 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia University in the City of New York are Legal (926 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (506 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (792 degrees), Language & Linguistics (233 degrees), and Engineering (1,404 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (2022)
  1. 1,447 degrees awarded
  2. 532 degrees awarded
  3. 503 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common masters degree concentration at Columbia University in the City of New York was Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods with 1,447 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

6,393
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
8,172
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 6,393 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia University in the City of New York, which is 0.782 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (8,172).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 784 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia University in the City of New York in Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods, which is 1.18 times more than the 666 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 666 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia University in the City of New York in Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods, which is 0.849 times less than the 784 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

84%
100% Completion Time
95%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 84% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Columbia University in the City of New York is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 2.91% of graduates (42 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    4,221 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1,905 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,033 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbia University in the City of New York is white (4,221 degrees awarded). There were 2.22 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1905 degrees).

3.97% of degree recipients (578 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    2,324 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,897 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    1,182 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Columbia University in the City of New York is white female (2,324 degrees awarded). There were 1.23 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1897 degrees).

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Operations

Columbia University in the City of New York has an endowment valued at nearly $13.3B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNB (−7.59%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Columbia University in the City of New York had a total salary expenditure of 5.48B. Columbia University in the City of New York employs 815 Professors, 399 Lecturers and 241 Associate professors. Most academics at Columbia University in the City of New York are Male Professor (573), Female Professor (242), and Female Lecturer (211).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia University in the City of New York are: Management, with 2,467 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 1,341 employees, and Research with 1,191 employees.

Endowment

$13.3B
2022 Endowment
7.46%
decline from 2021

Columbia University in the City of New York has an endowment valued at about $13.3B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbia University in the City of New York declined 7.46% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $12.9B 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. $1.19B - Federal
  2. $6.76M - State
  3. $844k - Local

As of 2022, Columbia University in the City of New York received $1.19B in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.76M from state grants and contracts, and $844k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$2.6B
2022 Salaries
6.59%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Columbia University in the City of New York paid a median of $2.6B in salaries, which represents 47.5% of their overall expenditure ($5.48B) and a 6.59% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$312M
Instructional Salaries
1,677
Number of Employees

In 2022, Columbia University in the City of New York paid a total of $312M to 1,677 employees working as instructors, which represents 12% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
815 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
2,467 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbia University in the City of New York were Professor with 815 employees, Lecturer with 399 employees, and Associate professor with 241 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia University in the City of New York were Management with 2,467 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 1,341 employees, and Research with 1,191 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbia University in the City of New York was Male Professor with 573 employees, Female Professor with 242 employees, and Female Lecturer with 211 employees.

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

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