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Columbia University is a private university located in New York City. Founded in 1754, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of New York, and is a member of the Ivy League.

Presently located in the Manhattan neighborhood of Morningside Heights, the university was founded as Kings College, having received its original charter from King George II of Great Britain. After the American Revolution, the college was granted a new charter by the State of New York, and was renamed Columbia College.

Seth Low (Columbia's president from 1890 to 1901) vigorously promoted the university ideal for the Columbia College, and in 1896 the trustees officially authorized the use of the name Columbia University.[1] The institution is now officially known as Columbia University in the City of New York.


The university has five campuses in New York state and one in Paris, France:[2]

  • Morningside Heights, 116th and Broadway, New York, New York
  • Medical Center, 168th and Broadway, New York, New York
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, New York
  • Nevis Laboratories, Irvington, New York
  • Reid Hall, Paris, France

Schools and colleges

The following schools and colleges make up the university:[3]

School/College Year


School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation 1896
School of the Arts 1948
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 1880
Graduate School of Business 1916
Columbia College 1754
School of Continuing Education 2002
School of Dental Medicine 1917
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and

Applied Science

School of General Studies 1947
School of International and Public Affairs 1946
Graduate School of Journalism 1912
School of Law 1858
College of Physicians and Surgeons 1767
School of Nursing 1892
Mailman School of Public Health 1921
School of Social Work 1898

Affiliated institutions

Institutions affiliated with Columbia University include Barnard College, Teachers College, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary.[4]


Twenty-five libraries house Columbia's collections of 9.3 million printed volumes, 6.2 million microform units, almost 28 million manuscripts, more than 600,000 rare books, and prodigious electronic references.[5]


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