columbia-university-sColumbia University in the City of New York (Columbia University) is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. The University was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain. After the American Revolutionary War King’s College briefly became a state entity, and was renamed Columbia College in 1784. It is one of the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States. Columbia has students close to 20,000 currently.

Its educational goal is to “train the young generation becomes talents with profound cultural and scientific knowledge and superior language skills”. Columbia not only has advanced hardware, but also a group of renowned scholars which attracts a large number of visiting scholars to here each year and makes it a high scientific and academic strength of the university. In 2011, the university was ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report.

Columbia has more than hundred disciplines, most of them can be granted master’s or doctoral degree, including sociology, statistics, molecular biology, business administration (MBA), history, French, economics, earth science, classical literature , medicine, law, chemistry, art, etc. are always among the U.S. top ten subjects in the corresponding areas with high academic reputation. It has space flight research centre, social science research centre, Columbia Radiation Laboratory, Long Island Biological Laboratory and other research institutions; colleges and schools for graduate courses in liberal arts, education, arts, engineering and applied science, business, medicine, architecture and planning and maintenance, oral and dental; and also other supplementary facilities, such as United States Museum of Natural History and New York Botanical Garden.

For 2011, the university was ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report nationally. Its disciplines of medicine, law and MBA are outstanding, while its natural science disciplines, such as chemistry, biology, computer, geography, etc. are also at the forefront. The Columbia Business School was ranked #3 by The Wall Street Journal in 2011, the characteristic of its MBA courses is “flexibility”, students can commence study in January, May or September, it is relatively popular for the overseas students. Its curriculum is very ambitious, in particular the establishment of four themes in Globalisation, Total quality, Ethics and Human Resource Management which was named the “21st century curriculum”. The Teachers College is a comprehensive graduate school of education, applied psychology and mental health, and was ranked #2 by U.S. News & World Report in 2011.

Geography and Climate

Located in downtown Manhattan, New York, next to Atlantic Ocean, subtropical climate with four distinct seasons, abundant of rainfall.

Colleges, Schools and Disciplines

Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, Columbia Business School, Columbia Law School, The School of the Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University School of Social Work, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mailman School of Public Health, College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University School of Nursing, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Teachers College, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and Graduate School of Journalism and over dozen of research institutes. Its renowned graduate departments are art history, astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, geology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, political science, religion, film, history, economics, English, French, Spanish language and Literature and East and Central Asia Department and so on.

Columbia’s Strengths

Columbia was founded in 1754, is a member of the Ivy League, one of the oldest pretisgious U.S. universities. Its comprehensive academic standards is always among the nation’s top ten. In addition, the university is very concerned about its alumni’s social resources development, it also strengthens alumni’s ties globally. Almost 100,000 of alumni donate large amount of supplies and fundings to the university’s education research and development each year. Columbia received the largest donation ever for a total of US$ 20 million to support the Independent Schools of Education programme in February 2008.

Language Requirements

TOEFL 600 (PBT) 100 (IBT) SAT Ⅰ requires two SAT Ⅱ


Tuition US$ 35,166
Cost of Living US$9,648