|Enrollment||4,550 students (2011)|
Columbia College (CC) is the undergraduate liberal arts college of Columbia University for traditional students (usually no more than one year out of high school) wishing to pursue a BA in the humanities, social sciences, and/or natural sciences. It is the historical nucleus of the university, tracing its history back to the foundation of King's College in 1754.
In 2008, Columbia College admitted 1,660 regular decision applicants out of 19,116, resulting in an admit rate of 8.7%, the lowest ever in the College's history. SEAS admitted 609 students out 3,463, for an admit rate of 17.6%. The combined rate for both schools was 10%.
Columbia College students must suffer through/enjoy (depending on one's perspective) the Core Curriculum. The college once had its own faculty to teach Core classes, but this no longer exists, having been subsumed under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Majors and concentrations
In addition, College students must choose at least one concentration with which to graduate. Although this is the minimum requirement, most students choose to deal with the more arduous requirements of a major, a major plus a concentration, or a double major. Different requirements exist for each major and concentration, usually involving some combination of lecture classes, seminars, and (in the hard sciences) lab work. Occasionally final projects such as a senior thesis may be required for graduation. Students may create their own majors, although this is rarely undertaken, and, given Columbia's labyrinthine bureaucracy, notoriously difficult.
Progress to degree
Columbia College students live in the same residence halls as students in SEAS, and may under certain circumstances live in Barnard residence halls. Barnard and Columbia students, however, do not have mutual swipe access to each others' residence halls.
The mission of Columbia College actually comprises three objectives:
- Intellectual Mobility
- Social Mobility
- Career Mobility
|Columbia University Schools|
|Architecture, Planning and Preservation • Arts • Arts and Sciences (Graduate School) • Business • Columbia College • Dentistry • Continuing Education • Engineering • General Studies • International and Public Affairs • Journalism • Law • Medicine • Nursing • Public Health • Social Work|
|Barnard • Jewish Theological Seminary • Teachers College • Union Theological Seminary|
|Pharmacy • Library Service|