Columbia University in the City of New York

Private, Four-years School Located in New York, NY

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How much is the Columbia University tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Columbia University's tuition & fees is $69,045.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $89,003 when a student lives on-campus.

Columbia University Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$69,045
Books & Supplies Costs$1,366
On-campus Room & Board$16,286
On-campus Expenses$2,306
Off-campus Room & Board$16,212
Off-campus Expenses$3,448
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$65,524

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Columbia University for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $315,528 at Columbia University. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $399,603. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $172,763.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$72,773$92,289$39,971
Sophomore (2024-25)$76,702$97,188$42,045
Junior (2025-26)$80,844$102,347$44,226
Senior (2026-27)$85,209$107,780$46,522
4 Years Total$315,528$399,603$172,763
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$76,702$97,188$42,045
Sophomore (2025-26)$80,844$102,347$44,226
Junior (2026-27)$85,209$107,780$46,522
Senior (2027-28)$89,809$113,502$48,936
4 Years Total$332,564$420,817$181,729
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$80,844$102,347$44,226
Sophomore (2026-27)$85,209$107,780$46,522
Junior (2027-28)$89,809$113,502$48,936
Senior (2028-29)$94,658$119,529$51,476
4 Years Total$350,520$443,158$191,161
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$85,209$107,780$46,522
Sophomore (2027-28)$89,809$113,502$48,936
Junior (2028-29)$94,658$119,529$51,476
Senior (2029-30)$99,769$125,875$54,149
4 Years Total$369,446$466,686$201,083
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$89,809$113,502$48,936
Sophomore (2028-29)$94,658$119,529$51,476
Junior (2029-30)$99,769$125,875$54,149
Senior (2030-31)$105,156$132,559$56,960
4 Years Total$389,394$491,465$211,521

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Columbia University' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,875. Compared to private, four-years colleges in New York, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,292.
In-StateOut-of-State
Columbia University in the City of New York$69,045
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,570
Public Schools$7,197$12,949
Private Schools$20,875
New York Four-years Colleges$21,227
Public Schools$9,799$14,823
Private Schools$23,292

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Columbia University and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew York, NY$69,045$56,279
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, MA$60,156$63,393
University of ChicagoChicago, IL$66,939$66,543
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT$64,700$48,300
California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA$63,255$63,063
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ$59,710$62,860
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA$66,104$46,034

Financial Aid and COA

At Columbia University in the City of New York, 5,002 students (57%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $49,638.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Columbia University is $39,365 for students living on-campus and $40,433 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 902 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $61,061 and the average amount of student loans is $16,849.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$89,003
COA (off-campus)$90,071
Tuition & Fees$69,045
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$19,958
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$21,026
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$39,365
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$40,433
Average Financial Aid$49,638
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship5,00257%$49,638
Pell Grants1,95722%$5,261
Federal Student Loan1,34515%$10,126
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid90257%-
Grants or Scholarships82452%$61,061
Federal Grants58937%$4,938
Pell Grants30519%$5,666
Other Federal Grants55235%$2,138
State/Local Grants926%$4,924
Institutional Grants81551%$57,610
Student Loan Aid15510%$16,849
Federal Student Loans1197%$5,988
Other Student Loans564%$33,910

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Columbia University's acceptance rate is 4.13%. A total of 61,110 applicants applied to and 2,524 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,641 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 65.02%.
To apply to Columbia University, 3 items are required - Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and Recommendations and 3 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school rank and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants61,11025,463$35,647
Admitted2,5241,231$1,293
Enrolled1,641808$833
Acceptance Rate4.13%4.83%3.63%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)65.02%65.64%64.42%
Secondary school GPARecommended
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Columbia University. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,520 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 35.
Its SAT score is much higher than the national average score of 1,174. The ACT score is much higher than the national average score of 25.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,5201,4701,570
National Average1,174
New York Average1,258
SAT EBRW745720770
SAT Math775750800
ACT Composite353435
National Average25
New York Average29
ACT Math343235
ACT English363536

Student Population

Columbia University in the City of New York has a total of 34,782 students including 8,902 undergraduate and 25,880 graduate students. By gender, there are 15,636 male students and 18,140 female students attending Columbia University. The school offers online degree programs and 1,111 students enrolled online exclusively (3.19% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total33,776 15,63618,140
Undergraduate8,832 4,4704,362
Graduate24,944 11,16613,778

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
AddressWest 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY
Phone212-854-1754
WEBwww.columbia.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered445 Programs
Online Program Offered2 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered236 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate4.00%
Yield62.99%
Student Population34,782
Graduation Rate95%
Retention Rate98% (Full-time), 83% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate6 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties4,327 (Full-time), 1,902 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs18,250 (Full-time), 2,611 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$179,871
Average Staff Salary$90,193