Columbia University

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university located in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest college in New York City and was the 5th chartered institution in the country.

Facts and Figures:

Tuition: $48,175

Undergraduate Population: 4,500

Graduate population: 1,500

Total student population: 6,000

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 88%

Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): Red Light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) - Grade: B No required courses in Economics or Mathematics 

Campus Spotlight

  • Political Student Groups: 

    Liberal (10): Amnesty International, Columbia University College Democrats, International Socialist Organization, LUCHA, Students for Justice in Palestine, Columbia Queer Alliance, Everyone Allied Against Homophobia, Feminist Thought, Gender Revolution, Proud Colors

    Conservative (4): Columbia College Libertarians, Columbia University College Republicans, Columbia University Conservative Forum, Right to Life

    Employee Political Contributions (2012-2016):

    Democrats: 2,311,213 (93%)

    Republicans: 170, 854 (6.9%) 

    All Stories

    Columbia University to revise sexual assault policy
  • Columbia University announced last week it will revise its campus sexual assault misconduct policy in September. The new policy will list New York’s statewide affirmative consent definition as “a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision.” Affirmative consent, or “yes means yes,” indicates that two individuals must provide verbal affirmation during a sexual rendezvous...

  • Columbia University flooded with 'RapeHoax' street art
  • Dozens of posters have sprung up around Columbia University’s New York City campus, deeming Emma Sulkowicz, the student who garnered national media attention when she began to carry her mattress around, a “pretty little liar.” Other posters appeared near campus and in subway stations that featured Lena Dunham sticking her tongue out with the label “big fat liar.”...

  • Male Columbia student sues school for not protecting him during highly publicized rape accusations
  • A male Columbia student filed a lawsuit against the school Thursday, claiming that the Ivy League university failed to protect him against harassment and defamation as his alleged rape of a fellow student became highly publicized in the media. Paul Nungesser, a senior at Columbia, filed the lawsuit in the a New York federal court and alleged that the Ivy school, its board of trustees, President...

  • Columbia to force students to write poetry to combat sexual assault
  • Columbia University students will be required to participate in a sexual respect education program—which can include poetry writing—if they wish to register for classes or receive a diploma. Students will have to complete one of four options by March 13, which include: participating in an hour-long workshop, submitting a reflection piece on two different TED talks, watching and...

  • Columbia Univ. students offended by 'Consent is bae' posters
  • A university in New York City is facing criticism for promoting affirmative consent with a slogan that has been variously described as both patronizing and racially insensitive. As part of its “Sexual Violence Response” (SVR) campaign, Columbia University is displaying posters declaring that, “CONSENT IS BAE,” followed by the hashtag “BeforeAnythingElse,”...

  • Court green-lights 'anti-male bias' lawsuit against Columbia
  • A male student at Columbia University will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit accusing the school of “anti-male” bias in its handling of a female student’s sexual assault accusations. The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Friday reversing a U.S. District Court’s previous dismissal of the male student’s suit, conceding that the university may have...

  • FIRE chastises Columbia, alleging free speech hypocrisy
  • A national free speech organization is pressuring Columbia University to live up to the commitment it made last year to protect even offensive and disrespectful speech. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) called Columbia out in a blog post Tuesday, all but accusing the school of hypocrisy for maintaining restrictive speech policies that contradict a key element of the pledge...

  • Hundreds of Columbia grad students protest mandatory sex assault education program
  • More than 450 graduate students at Columbia University have signed a letter boycotting the school’s mandatory sexual respect education program. As previously reported by Campus Reform, the Ivy League school in New York City unveiled a new sexual respect education program mandatory for all students. Students were required to participate in one of five options—including creating a poem...

  • VIDEO: Columbia students skeptical dancing, poetry can prevent sexual assault
  • Students at Columbia University aren’t too confident that the school’s new mandatory sexual respect education programs will curtail sexual assault on campus. Columbia officially unveiled the required program on Wednesday. In order to register for classes or receive a diploma, students must fulfill one of five options by March. One of the five options is an “arts option”...

  • Columbia student carries mattress around school to protest alleged rapist on campus
  • Until her rapist is no longer enrolled at her school, Columbia senior Emma Sulkowicz will go everywhere with her dorm room mattress in tow. Sulkowicz was allegedly raped in her own dorm room on the first day of her sophomore year. Despite reporting the incident, the school found the alleged rapist not guilty. Since then, the Ivy League student says that she has “carried the weight of what...

  • Columbia hosts 'food justice' conference
  • Food justice and racial equity were presented as intersecting themes at an academic conference this week. The conference, entitled “Teaching about Food Systems: Creating a Community of Practice,” occurred at the Columbia University Medical Center on Tuesday and Wednesday. Specialties of the professors delivering the talks include food studies, integrated science and technology, and...

  • Ivy League prof. AWOL from class, still hosts MSNBC show
  • Political science professor Dorian Warren seems to be playing hooky from his Columbia University classroom as his students haven’t seen him for months except on his online MSNBC show. Some students who took Warren’s Labor and American politics class were given incomplete grades for the semester while others were graded solely on assignments his teaching assistants had access...

  • Columbia students raise money for Planned Parenthood with anonymous ‘condomgrams’
  • With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Columbia University students are on the lookout for “condomgram fairies” who deliver condom Valentine’s around the New York campus. It’s a tradition for Columbia’s College Democrats to raise awareness for Planned Parenthood around Valentine’s Day by selling what they call...

  • Columbia University ‘Mattress Girl’ films rape porno depicting alleged rape
  • After carrying her mattress around Columbia University for a year in protest of her school's handling of alleged sexual assault, Emma Sulkowicz has released a short porno depicting her rape.  Sulkowicz appears to star herself in the four-paneled video, Ceci N'est Pas Un Viol (This is Not a Rape), during which she enters a sparse dorm room and proceeds to have consensual intercourse with a...

  • Students film feminist porno in Columbia University library
  • Columbia University and Barnard College students filmed a feminist pornographic film in Columbia's Butler Library to fight what they see as “gender tension” at the school. The NSFW film, titled "Initiatiøn," was filmed as a feminist statement exploring "the rituals of American Ivy League secret societies, to the point of hysteria, highlighting our culture's perception of female...