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Columbia University is comprised of several distinct undergraduate and graduate schools, as well as affiliates such as Teachers College and the Seminaries. These schools are the degree-granting entities that make up the University. Discover more about the mission, history, requirements, faculty, and application procedures of each school. Get detailed information about special programs and events. Here you gain an overview of the vast and diverse intellectual community that Columbia University embodies.
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Columbia College Columbia College As a small liberal arts college in a large research institution, Columbia College offers a large array of academic programs taught by faculty working at the forefronts of their disciplines.
School of Engineering and Applied Science School of Engineering and Applied Science Columbia has always been an institution of and for engineers. The College's original charter directed it to teach, among other things, "the arts of Number and Measuring, of Surveying and Navigation . . . the knowledge of . . . various kinds of Meteors, Stones, Mines and Minerals, Plants and Animals, and everything useful for the Comfort, the Convenience and Elegance of Life."
School of General Studies School of General Studies The School of General Studies is Columbia University's college for returning and nontraditional students. As you will discover by exploring this site, GS students have full access to the richness of a Columbia education.
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation The objectives of GSAPP include research in the fields of architecture, planning, and preservation, exchange with other disciplines in the University, and the intensity of experimentation that makes the School part of broader international debates. The School takes advantage of its unique location in New York City, drawing vitality from and contributing to the unsurpassed resources available through the city’s art and culture.
School of the Arts School of the Arts Centrally located within a great research university in the foremost artistic capital of the world, the School of the Arts is positioned to take full advantage of both. The School of the Arts offers an eminently dynamic context for the education of artists and provides the basis for an integrated program intended specifically for emerging contemporary artists.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences School of Arts and Sciences The preeminence of graduate studies at Columbia today is reflected in the size and diversity of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences–one of the largest private graduate schools in the country. A faculty of over 700 instructs some 3,200 students. Doctoral programs are offered in 26 arts and sciences departments.
School of Business School of Business One of the most selective business schools in the world, Columbia receives thousands of applications each year for membership in its programs. Those accepted learn from each other and from the 121 full-time faculty members whose ideas shape business worldwide.
School of Dental and Oral Surgery School of Dental and Oral Surgery The objectives of the predoctoral curriculum of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery are derived from its mission: "to prepare students for careers in that it emphasizes the biomedical sciences and it prepares graduates to practice general dentistry or to pursue advanced training in hospitals and dental schools."
School of International and Public Affairs School of International and Public Affairs To study at the School of International and Public Affairs is to arrive where the world’s pathways of learning, policy, and action converge. At SIPA, a major university connects in countless ways with the nation’s largest city, and with economic and political networks that span the globe.
School of Journalism School of Journalism Columbia's School of Journalism has been setting standards for reporters and editors since it was founded by Joseph Pulitzer. "My idea," Pulitzer wrote in 1902, "is to recognize that journalism is one of the great and intellectual professions. . . ."
School of Law School of Law Columbia Law School, one of the first law schools in the United States, evolved from the teaching of law at King's College, as Columbia was called during the colonial period. Early students included Alexander Hamilton, author of The Federalist Papers, and John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.
School of Nursing School of Nursing Founded in 1892, the School of Nursing is the only nursing school whose faculty is deeply involved in collaborative practice with physicians at an academic medical center, and the only nursing school with a universal faculty practice plan requiring all faculty to practice or conduct funded research at the highest level of his or her credentialing.
College of Physicians and Surgeons College of Physicians and Surgeons The College of Physicians and Surgeons is guided by the principle that medical education is university education. The acquisition of knowledge and skills is important in professional education, but far more vital is a profound understanding of science, the art and the ethic within which both knowledge and skills are applied.
School of Public Health School of Public Health One of the first accredited schools of public health in the country, the Mailman School has been a national and international leader in public health research, education, and service. Disease prevention and health promotion, two of the primary functions of public health, are natural outgrowths of the School’s mission.
School of Social Work School of Social Work With an excellent balance of teaching and research, practice and policy, and classroom and field instruction, the CUSSW curriculum is especially designed to prepare tomorrow's social workers for a wide range of roles. The educational, recreational, and other facilities in New York and on the Columbia University campus offer invaluable supports to social work education.
Continuing Education and Special Programs Continuing Education and Special Programs Continuing Education offers the quality of Columbia to a wide array of people with diverse needs and interests from the New York area, the nation, and around the world. Columbia Continuing Education students are motivated, serious, ambitious, academically oriented people who choose to invest time, energy, and money in their own professional and personal development.
Barnard College Barnard College Barnard is located just across Broadway from Columbia's main campus and is one of four undergraduate schools within the Columbia University system. In an arrangement unique in American higher education, Barnard has its own campus, faculty, administration, trustees, operating budget, and endowment, while students earn the degree of the University.
Teachers College Teachers College Founded in 1887 to provide a new kind of schooling for the teachers of poor immigrant children in New York City, one that combined a humanitarian concern to help others with a scientific approach to human development. Teachers College to date has educated nearly 100,000 individuals from around the world.
Jewish Theological Seminary Jewish Theological Seminary The first class of ten rabbinical students was held in 1887 in the vestry of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, New York's oldest Jewish congregation. Since then, the Seminary has greatly expanded its mission, created a beautiful campus on Manhattan's Upper West Side and evolved into the prestigious center of Jewish learning it is today.
Union Theological Seminary Union Theological Seminary Union Theological Seminary is an independent, nondenominational graduate school of theology whose mission is to educate men and women for ministries of the Christian faith, service in contemporary society, and study of the great issues of our time. Its faculty, many of whom are outstanding scholars of national and international reputation, represent a range of faith traditions.

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