About Columbia University:

Columbia University (Columbia; officially Columbia University in the City of New York), established in 1754, is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Columbia contains the oldest college in the state of New York and is the fifth chartered institution of higher learning in the United States, making it one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence. It was established as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain and renamed Columbia College in 1784 following the American Revolutionary War. The university has produced numerous distinguished alumni. In 2017, its undergraduate acceptance rate was 5.5%, making it the third most selective college in the United States and the second most selective in the Ivy League. A 1787 charter placed the institution under a private board of trustees before it was renamed Columbia University in 1896, when the campus was moved from Madison Avenue to its location in Morningside Heights. Columbia is one of the fourteen founding members of the Association of American Universities and was the first school in the United States to grant the M.D. degree. The university administers the Pulitzer Prizeannually. Columbia is organized into twenty schools, including many undergraduate and graduate schools. Its affiliates outside of the US are known as Columbia Global Centers. In athletics, the Lions field varsity teams in 29 sports as a member of the NCAA Division I Ivy League conference. The university's endowment stood at $10 billion in 2018, making it one of the largest of any academic institution. The university has graduated many notable alumni, including five Founding Fathers of the United States, an author of the United States Constitution and a member of the Committee of Five. As of 2018, Columbia's Alumni include three U.S. presidents, 29 foreign heads of state, 10 Justices of the United States Supreme Court, 95 Nobel laureates, 101 National Academy members, and 38 living billionaires. In addition, Columbia students and alumni have won 39 Academy Awards, 125 Pulitzer Prizes, and 11 Olympic medals.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 9 13 10 13 13 13 11 13 13 13 12 12 13

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 109 94 98 94 165 93 91 98 93 78 81 83
Engineering 79 90 72 78 98 99 97 97 109 105 118 99
Life Sciences 14 15 18 17 17 16 16 17 17 17 17 16
Medicine 11 9 12 12 12 12 13 13 11 11 14 12
Natural Sciences 19 11 13 15 17 16 18 21 23 20 17 18
Social Sciences 5 5 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 6

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 80 165 85 97 117 133 128 165 122
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 24
Chemical Engineering - 236 241 292 232 224 196 233 221 217
Chemistry 58 54 79 71 92 92 96 97 107 105
Civil Engineering 187 190 131 180 145 133 132 125 149 124
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 17
Computer Science 22 40 30 31 34 26 27 44 65 80
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 8
Electrical Engineering 52 49 63 77 78 74 74 77 92 99
Environment / Ecology - 70 54 50 47 46 41 40 40 45
Geosciences 6 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 7
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 32
Materials Science 123 103 147 112 92 86 91 93 86 91
Mathematics 20 20 23 15 15 14 12 17 14 13
Mechanical Engineering 146 172 178 175 212 238 258 243 197 218
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 49
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 17
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 9
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 35 30 23 20 31 24 31 34
Physics 22 21 27 26 28 31 27 23 21 29
Plant & Animal Science - 248 277 290 - - - 256 243 241
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 3
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 9
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 19