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Cause Magazine • Special University Supplement Columbia University


Outstanding Schools, Colleges and Universities


Columbia University in the City of New York is one


of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting groundbreaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It is the birthplace of the laser, FM Radio and the first North American site where the atom was split. It is a private institution which includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education. Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King’s


College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. In fact, the American Revolution brought the growth of the college to a halt, forcing a suspension of instruction in 1776 that lasted for eight years. Among the earliest students and trustees of King’s College were John Jay, the first chief justice of the United States; Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury; Gouverneur Morris, the author of the final draft of the U.S. Constitution; and Robert R. Livingston, a member of the five-man committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. Alumni and faculty have included many notable and accomplished individuals. President Barack Obama graduated in 1983. Both President Roosevelts attended Columbia as have nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Currently, three United States Senators and 16 current Chief Executives of Fortune 500 companies hold Columbia degrees. Over the years, 77 of Columbia’s alumni and current or former faculty have received the Nobel Prize. From its beginnings in a schoolhouse in lower


Manhattan, Columbia University has grown to encompass two principal campuses on the Upper West side of Manhattan:


the historic, neoclassical campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood and the modern Columbia University Medical Center further uptown, in Washington Heights. Several of the school’s buildings are national historic landmarks. In addition to its New York City campuses, Columbia has two facilities outside of Manhattan; Nevis Laboratories and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades NY. Columbia also has plans to expand its campus into a new site in the area surrounding Manhattanville. The undergraduate school of Columbia University is ranked 8th (tied with University of Chicago and Duke University) among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Un d e r g r a d u a t e education


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Columbia is offered through Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies. Un d e r g r a d u a t e programs are also offered by two affiliated institutions, Barnard College and Jewish Theological Seminary. Columbia


University provides post-graduate education through thirteen graduate and professional schools and a school of continuing education. Three affiliated schools also offer post-graduate programs.


UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOLS Columbia College • Engineering and Applied Science General Studies • Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS Architecture • Planning and Preservation • Arts • Arts and Sciences • Business • Continuing Education •Dental and Oral Surgery • Engineering and Applied Science • International and Public Affairs • Journalism • Law • Medicine •Nursing Public Health • Social Work AFFILIATED SCHOOLS


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