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Columbia University

New York, NY

According to its mission statement, Columbia University "seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world." [Source]

Website: http://www.columbia.edu/

B

Grading is based on a detailed review of the latest online course catalogs. View rating criteria

8,832
Undergraduate
Enrollment
88%
4-Year
Graduation Rate
$63,530
Tuition & Fees
(annually)

6:1
Student to Faculty Ratio
1.7%
Student Loan Default Rate
General Education Requirements

Composition

YES

Literature

YES

Foreign Language

YES

U.S. Government/History

YES

Economics

NO

Mathematics

NO

Science

YES


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Freedom of Expression
Colleges and universities that have adopted the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression (or substantially similar statements) are committed "to the preservation and celebration of the freedom of expression as an essential element of the University’s culture.” An open marketplace of ideas on campus fosters intellectual development and prepares graduates for the discussion and debate that informs and sustains a free society.
FIRE Speech Code School Rating
A yellow light institution maintains policies that could be interpreted to suppress protected speech or policies that, while clearly restricting freedom of speech, restrict relatively narrow categories of speech.
OASES of Excellence
How Colleges Spend Money

With the cost of college rising much faster than wages, it’s important to choose a college or university that stewards tuition revenue responsibly. Visit HowCollegesSpendMoney.com to learn more about financial resource allocation at Columbia University.

Curriculum last evaluated: 6/17/2022

2021-22 enrollment and tuition data, and four-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2012, are derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.