Columbia University

Founded in 1754 by England’s King George II, Columbia University awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in numerous fields of study within its 21 academic schools. The university’s popular majors include Engineering, English Literature and Political Science. With countless student groups and organizations, Columbia students can become involved on campus and in the community while building life-long friendships and future professional networks. Organizations aimed toward African-American students include the Black Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS), Black Theatre Ensemble, historically black fraternities and sororities and many more. Its most famous African-American alumnus happens to be the President of the Unites States, Barack Obama. For over 250 years, Columbia University has been a leader in higher education. It is the school’s mission to expand knowledge and learning at the maximum level.

Location: New York, NY

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $15,000-$22,200

Size: 26,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 8%

Percentage of Men: 51%

Percentage of Women: 49%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Arts; Business; Dental Medicine; Engineering; International and Public Affairs; Jewish Theological Seminary; Journalism; Law; Nursing; Public Health; Social Work; Teachers College; Union Theological Seminary; General Studies; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Barnard College; Columbia College; Continuing Education; Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, 

Others: African Law Students Association, African Students Association, Black Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS), Black Students Organization, Black Theatre Ensemble, National Society of Black Engineers

Housing: On-campus housing provided

Famous Black Alumni/Faculty: President Barack Obama, Roscoe Lee Browne, Shirley Chisholm, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys 

City Life:  Big city, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, museums, theater and performing arts (Alvin Ailey Dance Company), art galleries, major production companies, concerts and shows, film/television/movie shoots and screenings, professional sports: NBA (Knicks, Brooklyn Nets), WNBA (Liberty), MLB (Yankees, Mets), NFL (Giants, Jets), NHL (Rangers)