Vault Rating: 5 out of 5


  • Located in the Big Apple
  • Small class size and low student-teacher ratio


  • Highly selective
  • Very expensive

The Bottom Line

  • Columbia University, the oldest university in New York and the fourth oldest college in the United States, provides students with quality education through small classes, highly accessible faculty, and diverse experiences in the exciting, cultural hub of Manhattan.


For the Class of 2012, Columbia College admitted nearly 9 percent of applicants. Undergraduates can apply to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering (The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science), which are divisions of Columbia University. Students who have taken a year or...  

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