Columbia University at a Glance

Name: Columbia University in the City of New York

Address: 2690 Broadway, NewYork, NY 10027-6902 (at West 116th Street)


Telephone: (212) 854-1754

History: Founded 1754 as King's College, first in New York, fifth oldest college in the nation; private, non-sectarian; named Columbia College 1784, Columbia University 1896.

Organization: 16 faculties: 69 academic departments and divisions, 6,350 courses, covering arts and sciences and professions of architecture, arts, business, dentistry, engineering, international affairs, journalism, law, medicine, nursing, public health, planning and preservation, public affairs, social work; principal undergraduate divisions, Columbia College, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of General Studies; affiliates, Barnard College (undergraduate women), Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary; more than 100 research institutes and centers; approximately 12,528 salaried employees.

Students: 21,857 (excluding affiliates) 10,922 men, 10,935 women; 7,971 graduate and 5,422 professional, 6,191 undergraduate, 2,273 non-degree; Barnard 2,178, Teachers College 5,030; average ratio of applications to places available, 9:1; 9,000 degrees and certificates conferred annually (includes affiliates); 232,000 living alumni.

Faculty: Approximately 7,200 full- and part-time faculty (2,741 full-time) in teaching and research, excluding student teaching ranks; tenured, 30.6% of all full-time in professorial ranks; student-faculty ratio in Columbia College, 5:1; approximately 400 named professorships.

Honors: 58 Nobel laureates among faculty, former faculty, and alumni, four currently on faculty; 13 recipients of National Medal of Science; 100 current members of American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 28 current members of National Academy of Sciences; 19 MacArthur Fellows.

Governance: 24 Trustees, 102-member Senate of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, staff; chief executive officer, George Rupp, 18th President, since 1993.

Finances: Annual operating budget, $1.5 billion in 1998-99; endowment, $3.4 billion as of June 30, 1998; tuition, 1998-99, $23,244 a year at Columbia College, $724 per point in School of General Studies.

Libraries: 7.0 million printed volumes; 5.3 million microform units; 28 million manuscripts.

Plant: 36 acres on Morningside Heights, 71 buildings; other locations, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington Heights, Manhattan; Baker Field sports facilites, Inwood, Manhattan; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, N.Y.; Nevis Laboratories, Irvington, N.Y.; Arden House and Arden Homestead, Harriman, N.Y.; Biosphere 2 Center, Oracle, Ariz.; Reid Hall, Paris.

Colors and Motto: Light blue and white; In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen ("In Thy light shall we see light").

Office of Public Affairs, Columbia University

Low Memorial Library, Room 304, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027-7017; Tel. (212) 854-5573