Columbia university
            An Overview
columbia university schools, colleges, and affiliates
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                                                                                                                                                          The following affiliates are independent institutions
                                                                                                                           Columbia Law School is among the oldest and most             with their own boards of trustees, governance struc-
COlumbiA COllege                                             SChOOl OF The ArTS                                            distinguished law schools in America. Its faculty and        tures, policies, and academic processes.                                                                 graduates have a long tradition of private practice and
Columbia College is one of the nation’s most selective       SOA is a vibrant intellectual and artistic laboratory         public service in the judiciary, government, and public      bArnArd COllege
institutions. The centerpiece of academic study is the       where students work, experiment, and learn under the          interest organizations, contributing to the development
Core Curriculum, which provides undergraduates with          guidance of professors acclaimed in their fields of Film,     of law in the United States and throughout the world.        Barnard was the first college in New York City, and one
wide-ranging perspectives on literature, philosophy,         Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, and Writing.
                                                                                                                                                                                        of the few in the nation, where women could receive
history, music, art, and science.                                                                                          SChOOl OF SOCiAl wOrk                                        the same rigorous education available to men. Today,
                                                             grAduATe SChOOl OF buSineSS                                                               Barnard educates more than 2,300 bright, independent-
The Fu FOundATiOn SChOOl OF engineering And                                                  For 110 years, SSW has distinguished itself with intel-      minded women in an intimate liberal arts setting and is
Applied SCienCe                                              The school’s global education prepares students for           lectual creativity and leadership in research, studies,      the most sought-after women’s college in the country.                                 lifetime leadership in any industry. Its curriculum bridges   and field education that have had a multidisciplinary
SEAS offers an educational experience emphasizing the        pioneering research and industry practice and fosters         impact. Faculty members conduct research and service         TeACherS COllege
fundamental principles of science and technology. Un-        the entrepreneurial mindset. Through its thought              programs globally and provide their expertise to leaders
dergraduate study combines the Core Curriculum with          leadership, broad alumni network, and extensive New           in academia, government, and the private sector.             Teachers College is the oldest and largest U.S. gradu-
rigorous course work and opportunities for research,         York connections, the school ranks among the world’s
                                                                                                                                                                                        ate school of education, perennially ranked among
service learning, and entrepreneurship. Graduate             most innovative, dynamic business communities.                COllege OF phySiCiAnS And SurgeOnS                           the nation’s best. Working across its three main
programs emphasize specialization while providing a                                                                                                   emphases—teacher preparation, nursing education, and
balance of theory and application.                           SChOOl OF COnTinuing eduCATiOn                                P&S is one of the most selective medical schools in the      psychology—TC prepares and informs policymakers and
                                                                                              nation. Its faculty, among the most highly regarded cli-     practitioners to better serve students, families, schools,
SChOOl OF generAl STudieS                                    SCE offers innovative programs that meet Colum-               nicians and physician-scientists in academic medicine,       and communities.                                          bia’s standard of excellence, including professional          prepare students to be medical leaders while working
General Studies is the finest liberal arts college in the    master’s degrees, courses for graduate school                 to solve intractable health challenges through clinical,     The JewiSh TheOlOgiCAl SeminAry
United States created specifically for returning and         preparation and academic advancement, pre-college             laboratory, and translational research.            
nontraditional students seeking a rigorous, traditional      programs for high school students, courses in
                                                                                                                                                                                        JTS trains tomorrow’s religious, educational, academic,
undergraduate degree full or part time.                      English as a second language, and the University’s            mAilmAn SChOOl OF publiC heAlTh                              and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond
                                                             Summer Term courses.                                                                     through its five schools and world-class library. List
grAduATe SChOOl OF ArTS And SCienCeS                                                                                       The Mailman School has been on the cutting edge of           College, the undergraduate school, offers dual-degree                                     SChOOl OF inTernATiOnAl And publiC AFFAirS                    public health research, education, and service for more      programs with Columbia University/Barnard College.
GSAS is one of the most distinguished graduate schools                                         than 85 years. The school is a global presence built on      Students receive two bachelor’s degrees, one from
in the United States. Our renowned faculty provides MA       For more than sixty years, SIPA has been educating            local excellence. With its world-class faculty and talent-   Columbia/Barnard and one from JTS.
and PhD students with advanced knowledge in the hu-          professionals who make a difference. Through rigorous         ed, diverse students, the Mailman School is developing
manities and natural and social sciences while preparing     research and hands-on practice, graduates and faculty         knowledge and affecting change locally and globally.         uniOn TheOlOgiCAl SeminAry
them for a variety of careers. We encourage responsible      work to improve social services, advocate for human
scholarly research and connections between academia          rights, strengthen markets, protect the environment,          COllege OF denTAl mediCine                                   Founded in 1836, Union has always embodied the
and our urban, national, and global environment.             and secure peace around the world.                                                        freedom to learn and to teach, with a vision of education
                                                                                                                           The College of Dental Medicine provides an academi-          centered on academic excellence and personal faith.
grAduATe SChOOl OF ArChiTeCTure, plAnning                    grAduATe SChOOl OF JOurnAliSm                                 cally and clinically superior education in an environment    Union remains committed to that vision, as it responds
And preServATiOn                                                                      that encourages students to take advantage of the edu-       to the changing needs of our city and world with an                                        The Graduate School of Journalism educates                    cational opportunities in such diverse areas as public       evolving understanding of what it means to be faithful.
GSAPP’s international leadership role invites all the        students to work in all news media, covering a wide           health, informatics, and biomedical research.
disciplines devoted to the built environment to think        range of complicated subjects. Our faculty, a diverse
differently. Its mission is to move beyond the highest       group of award-winning professionals, work closely            SChOOl OF nurSing
level of professional training to open a creative space of   with students to provide a foundation for our       
speculation, experimentation, and analysis that allows       graduates to become industry leaders who shape                The School of Nursing is part of one of the world’s most
the field to find new forms of professional, scholarly,      the future of journalism.                                     renowned academic health centers, a vital neighborhood
technical, and ethical practice.                                                                                           collaborating on research, education, and clinical care.
the student experience                                                                                                    faculty and research                                                                                                columbia in new york                                                                                                columbia in the world
                                            Columbia is a global leader in higher education because                                                                                  Columbia prides itself on the excellence of                                                                       There is extraordinary breadth and depth to                                                              Columbia’s long history of international study
                                                                                                                                                                                     its faculty—as scholars, teachers, artists,                                                                       the ways in which New York City and the                                                                  and engagement is reflected in the University’s
    columbia’s vibrant                      of its ability to attract highly accomplished students and                             “columbia has been one of                                                                                             “you cannot be a great                                                                                                 columbia is a
                                            scholars from around the world. The admission rate                                                                                       and innovators. Columbia was one of the                                                                           University—through its students, faculty,                                                                mission to prepare students to navigate and lead
     campus community                                                                                                           the world’s great research                           first research universities in the United                 institution, you cannot do great                                                                                       leading international
                                            for Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School                                                                                                                                                                                                          alumni, and staff—affect each other.                                                                     in an increasingly interconnected world. The
 derives not only from                                                                                                            universities for more than                         States and remains at the forefront of                      scholarship, and you certainly                        Columbia’s identity has been shaped by                      university in the heart of                   interdisciplinary nature of Columbia’s academic
                                            of Engineering and Applied Science for the incoming
 the daily engagement                       Class of 2012 was a combined 10 percent, the lowest in                               a century, and the range of                         groundbreaking advances in new areas of                  cannot do great teaching unless                          being in New York. And much of the city’s                           the world’s most                     programming, its international partnerships, its
                                                                                                                                scholarship produced by its                          knowledge. The University values the depth                                                                        history has been shaped by Columbians.                                                                   contributions, and the diverse backgrounds of
       of accomplished                      the University’s history. Columbia’s acclaimed gradu-                                                                                                                                               you are very much a part of the                                                                                          international city.
                                            ate and professional schools continue to build on their                                                                                  of scholarship and the diverse international                                                                      Through community partnerships and service                                                               its students, faculty, and alumni all contribute to
          students and                                                                                                              faculty and its influence                                                                                     local place in which you live.”
                                            well-established excellence and stature. The University’s                                                                                character of its faculty. That diversity con-                                                                     programs, employment opportunities and                                                                   this global character. Columbia’s international
    renowned faculty,                                                                                                            in the world continue to be                         tributes to Columbia’s preeminence among                               —president lee c. bollinger                economic impact, basic and applied research,                                                             commitment reflects the belief that academic
                                            talented students and faculty from some 150 countries
     but also from the                      engage each other in the breadth of cultural, scientific,                                        extraordinary.”                         the world’s best colleges and universities.                                                                       intellectual and cultural contributions,                                                                 institutions have a responsibility to provide
extraordinary energy,                       and business enterprises that make New York one of the                                            —provost alan brinkley                                                                                                                                   Columbia and New York are woven together                                                                 analyses and perspectives that inform policy and
                                            most exciting places in the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         into the fabric of academic and urban life.                                                              broaden world understanding of the critical issues
  talent, and cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of our time.
 diversity that defines
          new york city.                                                                                                  seventy-eight columbians—                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Columbia offers dozens of dual-degree
                                                                                                                          alumni, faculty, researchers, and                                                                                                                                                                    Columbia has a long tradition                                      programs with peer institutions around the
                                                                                                                          administrators—have won nobel                                                                                                                                                                        of public service. President                                       globe and is opening new regional research
                                             the core curriculum, an ever-
                                                                                                                          prizes. Nine current faculty            Two Columbia scientists were                                                 Columbia University                Columbia engineers have been                 Barack Obama graduated from                                        centers in Asia, Africa, South America, and the
                                             evolving set of common courses on
                                                                                          Nearly 25,000 Columbia          members are Nobel laureates in          among the first seven re-                                                    is the seventh largest                                                          Columbia College; 13 alumni                                        Middle East.
                                             classic texts and contemporary issues                                                                                                                                                                                                responsible for much of the design
                                                                                          students can embrace the arts   medicine, economics, physics, and       cipients of the inaugural kavli                                              nongovernmental                                                                 have served as New York
                                             required of all Columbia College                                                                                                                                                                                                     of New York’s great buildings,                                                                                                                              Columbia’s world leaders
                                                                                          through more than 80 arts       literature.                             prize awarded in the fields of                                               employer in the                                                                 governor, including current Gov.
                                             undergraduates, provides a unique                                                                                                                                                                                                    bridges, tunnels, and monuments.                                                Through model projects on aids/hiv                                          forum gives students and
                                                                                          organizations on campus, as                                             nanoscience, neuroscience, and           Columbia’s faculty includes 99      City of New York.
                                             intellectual grounding for critical think-                                                                                                                                                                                           The city’s subway system and                 David Paterson; 15 Columbians      and malaria in Africa and clean water                                       faculty a regular opportunity to
 During the past five years, Columbia has                                                 well as New York’s unmatched                                            astrophysics.                            members of the national                                                street grid were designed by                 have served as mayor of New
                                             ing skills.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          infrastructure in rural South Asia,                                         engage in discussion with inter-
 added 73 new degree programs and                                                         cultural scene.                                                                                                  academies, which include the                                           columbians.                                  York City.                         Columbia is making a difference around                                      national heads of state and global
 increased the international breadth of                                                                                                                                                                    National Academy of Science, the
                                                                                                                              Columbia has more than                                                                                                                                                                                                              the globe.                                                                  thought leaders.
 the curricula.                                                                                                                                                                                            National Academy of Engineering,
                                                                                                                              2,000 international faculty,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and the Institute of Medicine.
                                                                                                                              researchers, visiting scholars,                                                                                                                                                     Columbia maintains hundreds
                                                                           Through mentorship programs                                                                                                                                                    columbia university medical                                                                                                    Columbia University is a world leader in environmental
                                                                                                                              and scientists.                                                                                                                                                                     of community partnerships in
                 Thousands of Columbia students, faculty,                  and other activities, students are                                                                                                                                             center is a world leader in                                                                                                    research and policy. Working across disciplines and
                                                                                                                                                                The list of pioneering discoveries                                                        biomedical research, education,                         Harlem and Washington Heights,
                 and alumni participate in service learning,               connected to more than 270,000                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                through centers such as the Earth Institute, Lamont-
                                                                                                                                                                made by Columbia faculty includes FM                                                      and treatment, and its 1,200 clinical                   from local public schools and after-
                 community engagement, and social entrepre-                alumni worldwide through the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Doherty Earth Observatory, and Columbia Climate
                                                                                                                                                                radio, lasers, X-ray photography, atomic                                                  faculty members provide care                            school programs to free health clinics
                 neurship projects locally, across the nation,             Columbia Alumni Association.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Center, University researchers are working to find
                                                                                                                                                                fission, global warming, and a long list                                                  through some 800,000 patient visits                     and legal aid, including a long-term
                 and around the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   solutions for sustainable development.
                                                                                                                                                                of medical breakthroughs.                                                                 each year.                                              affiliation with Harlem Hospital.
for more than 250 years, columbia
has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world. At
the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and
engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new
discoveries, and service to society.

Our distinguished faculty, alumni, and student body are expanding the boundaries
of knowledge in medicine, science, the arts, humanities, and the professions. The
university offers an outstanding and comprehensive array of academic programs.
These include three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional
schools, a world-renowned medical center, four affiliated colleges and seminaries,
twenty-five libraries, and more than one hundred research centers and institutes.

Columbia is both global and local in focus. As a vital part of new york, our research
and teaching are enhanced by the vast resources of one of the world’s greatest
cities. we are an intellectual community of some 40,000 students, faculty, and staff
who work continually to expand our mission of teaching, research, patient care,
and public service.

Columbia University in the City of New York
116th Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10027

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