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Columbia University in the City of New York – Tuition & Success Analysis

New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York – Snapshot


Four-Year Private University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 8,124

Average annual cost of attendance: $22,001

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $21,406

Campus Setting: Large City

Religious Affiliation: None

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Columbia University in the City of New York Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $9,481

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $5,251

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $6,592

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $14,262

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $40,464


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by Columbia University in the City of New York. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 95%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 97%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $83,300

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 86%

Columbia University in the City of New York Admissions

Columbia University in the City of New York Acceptance Rate: 7%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 710 to 800

SAT Critical Reading: 700 to 790

SAT Writing: 690 to 790

ACT English: 33 to 35

ACT Math: 30 to 35

ACT Writing: 8 to 10

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to Columbia University in the City of New York actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

Columbia University in the City of New York Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 22%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 23%

Typical student debt: $21,406

Typical monthly loan payment: $228

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Scholarships for Students Residing in New York

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Majors at Columbia University in the City of New York


These are the most popular areas of study offered at Columbia University in the City of New York:

  • Architecture and Related Services – 1%
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies – 3%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 7%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 5%
  • Engineering – 16%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 6%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 3%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 9%
  • History – 4%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 3%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 2%
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies – 3%
  • Physical Sciences – 3%
  • Psychology – 5%
  • Social Sciences – 26%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 5%

For more information about the various majors at Columbia University in the City of New York, visit their website.

Columbia University in the City of New York Diversity


Overall Composition at Columbia University in the City of New York

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Columbia University in the City of New York full time:  93%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Columbia University in the City of New York part time:  7%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at Columbia University in the City of New York:  19%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 18%

Black: 7%

Hispanic: 13%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 16%

Two or more races: 6%

Unknown: 2%

White: 37%

Columbia University in the City of New York Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 3.9

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 3.8

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 30.4

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.

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