More than 30,000 college students attend three institutions here, earning Columbia the nickname "College Town, USA." This atmosphere of culture and higher education creates a stimulating environment for all students.
Classroom experiences can vary widely. In some cases, professors will take a discussion-based approach while others will lecture. In all cases, your professors are happy to meet with you and answer any questions. Creativity, individualism and open mindedness are encouraged in all classes.
Students live in residence halls, creating a vibrant campus community. We have a number of student organizations and activities that will help you meet new friends, discover your interests and take on leadership roles.
You'll have access to a variety of foods, including vegetarian and vegan options, at Dulany Dining Hall on campus. Additionally, Columbia offers a wide variety of restaurants, including Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern and traditional American fare. There are ethnic markets within walking distance to Columbia College. Various grocery stores are also nearby.