New York is a great place to be a single LDS student. With four singles wards in Manhattan alone, there are numerous LDS singles to socialize and network with alongside other LDS students at Columbia. The high concentration of YSA’s in New York supersedes that of almost any other area on the east coast and creates a unique LDS environment within the “world’s capital.” In addition, the LDS student bodies of other nearby universities (NYU, Juilliard, Fordham, CUNY and Manhattan School of Music) are never more than a subway ride away.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do you attend church?
Columbia’s campus is located within the Harlem 3rd Ward and students attend church just NW of campus on 128th Street and Lennox Avenue. With numerous young LDS professionals living in and around Morningside Heights, students are easily integrated into a young healthy and active LDS community. The church building can be reached in 15 minutes by bus or subway. In 2011 meetings will be held from 11:00 to 2:00.
Can I go to Columbia and still serve a mission?
Yes! Columbia is very accommodating when it comes to helping students take a two-year leave of absence to serve a full-time mission. They have let students defer enrolment for two years in order to serve prior to beginning their studies, as well as let students take a two-year leave of absence after finishing their freshman year. In fact, there has almost always been at least one missionary serving from Columbia at any given time in recent history.
How many LDS students are at Columbia?
The exact number of LDS undergraduates at Columbia tends to fluctuate around 10-15 students. However, when including students at the various graduate schools at Columbia, there are approximately 150.
How easy is it to get to the Manhattan temple?
In addition to being conveniently located in the Manhattan neighborhood of Morningside Heights, Columbia’s campus is a mere ten minute subway-ride from the Manhattan New York Temple. With constant access via the 1 Line, it’s hard to find easier access to a temple anywhere! For more information about the Manhattan Temple, including a schedule and contact information, follow the link below:
Are there any Institute classes available to Columbia Students?
There are numerous institute classes offered at various locations in Manhattan. Every semester one course is taught directly on Columbia’s campus. Several other courses are offered near by at the Manhattan School of Music and meeting house at Lincoln Center. You can find a listing of all courses, locations and instructors at the NY Metro Institute website: