Columbia University


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Columbia University Background

Founded as Kings College in 1754, Columbia University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the New York State and the fifth oldest in the United States of America. The American Revolution brought the functioning of the college to a halt. However, after eight years it reopened under the new name ‘Columbia’.

Columbia University Programs, Courses, and Schools 

Presently the Columbia University campus is located at 116th Street and Broadway.  It is a private Ivy League research university and offers a range of courses in various disciplines. It comprises of more than 20 schools conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees- School of Architecture, School of Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Barnard College, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia College, School of Dental Medicine, School of Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, School of General Studies, International and Public Affairs, Jewish Theological Seminary, School of Journalism, School of Law, School of Nursing, School of Professional Studies, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, Teachers College and Union Theological Seminary.

Columbia University USP

There are more than 8,500 undergraduate students and 21,000 students in postgraduate programs. The acceptance rate of the university is 7% and the need-based aid system meets 100% of the students’ demonstrated need.

Columbia University  Notable Alumni

Barack Obama (44th President of the United States), Katie Holmes (American actress), David Rockefeller (American banker who was chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation)

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The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide the basis for developing, improving, and understanding materials and processes for application in engineered systems. It draws from physics, chemistry and other disciplines to provide a coherent background for immediate application in engineering or for subsequent advanced study.

The Common Application or The Coalition Application, Autobiographical information, Personal essay, Lists and descriptions of a student s achievements, activities, employment and summer activities, Official High School Transcript, Two Teacher Recommendations, Test scores: ACT, SAT, TOEFL of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test), IELTS of 7.0

Materiales Scientist, Science Teacher, Material Engineer, Researcher

1st Jan


The master s degree in Construction Administration at Columbia University prepares construction professionals and those in related fields for advancement by providing a broad understanding of the complexities of the industry.

GSAS Application, Transcripts or Academic records, Personal Statement, Resum or Curriculum Vitae, Letters of Recommendation, Test scores: GRE, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL

Construction Administrator,Construction Office Administrator,Construction Contract Administrator,Construction Project Administrator

15th May


Materials science and engineering is concerned with synthesis, processing, structure, and properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and other materials, with emphasis on understanding and exploiting relationships among structure, properties, and applications requirements.

GSAS Application, Transcripts or Academic records, Personal Statement, Resum or Curriculum Vitae, Letters of Recommendation, Test scores: GRE, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL

Metallurgist,Technical Sales Engineer , Material Engineer, Researcher

15th Feb

a) Common Application or Coalition Application

b) $85 application fee or fee waiver request

c) Official high school transcript and Mid-Year Report

d) Two letters of recommendations and One high school counselor’s recommendation (For engineering applicants, one must come from a math or science teacher)

e) Essay

f) Official SAT/ACT scores

g) Typical SAT scores: 2180 and 2340 on the Former SAT- Math, Critical Reading, and Writing (2180-2340), ACT Composite: (32-35)

h) Average GPA 3.00

i) TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores if the applicant’s native language is not English.

j) TOEFL: PBT- 600, IBT-100, IELTS: 7.5

k) Acceptance rate: 6% (2016)

Requirements may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific requirements.


Fees may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific fees.

Cost of Living

The annual cost of living at Columbia University is $14,900 approx.


Yes, the university has in campus dorm facilities.

Bachelors: January 1

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

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