Columbia University in the City of New York


Columbia University is separated into 20 different schools which include the College, global research outposts, Juilliard School, Barnard College, and more. Each new student will meet with an adviser to go over their plan and schedule for the upcoming year. With over 80 majors available, there are plenty of paths to choose from.

At Columbia, many students are choosing the Economics, General, Political Science and Government, General, Computer Science, Research and Experimental Psychology, Other, Biology/Biological Sciences, General as their majors. All students are required to take the core curriculum (one of the oldest programs of its kind in the United States). The seminars are small and discussion oriented with a majority of concentration put towards analysis, argument, reasoning, logic, and creative thinking.

Top Majors and Programs - Most Popular Degrees in 2019 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
African-American/Black Studies 6 3 50% 3 50%
American/United States Studies/Civilization 22 16 73% 6 27%
Anthropology 20 11 55% 9 45%
Applied Mathematics, General 27 12 44% 15 56%
Architecture 19 12 63% 7 37%
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 27 15 56% 12 44%
Astronomy 1 1 100% 0 0%
Astrophysics 5 3 60% 2 40%
Biochemistry 11 6 55% 5 45%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 51 30 59% 21 41%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 82 43 52% 39 48%
Biophysics 5 3 60% 2 40%
Chemical Engineering 40 20 50% 20 50%
Chemistry, General 12 7 58% 5 42%
Civil Engineering, General 23 8 35% 15 65%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 9 6 67% 3 33%
Comparative Literature 22 14 64% 8 36%
Computer Engineering, General 19 6 32% 13 68%
Computer Science 174 55 32% 119 68%
Creative Writing 24 19 79% 5 21%
Dance, General 1 1 100% 0 0%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 12 2 17% 10 83%
East Asian Studies 15 8 53% 7 47%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 43 19 44% 24 56%
Economics, General 224 84 38% 140 63%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 22 6 27% 16 73%
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 13 3 23% 10 77%
English Language and Literature, General 67 35 52% 32 48%
Environmental Science 6 5 83% 1 17%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 10 7 70% 3 30%
Ethnic Studies 8 5 63% 3 38%
French Language and Literature 9 5 56% 4 44%
Geology/Earth Science, General 29 19 66% 10 34%
German Language and Literature 4 2 50% 2 50%
History, General 80 27 34% 53 66%
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 1 50% 1 50%
Industrial Engineering 6 2 33% 4 67%
Information Science/Studies 7 2 29% 5 71%
Latin American Studies 2 2 100% 0 0%
Linguistics 2 1 50% 1 50%
Materials Science 4 1 25% 3 75%
Mathematics and Computer Science 5 1 20% 4 80%
Mathematics, General 38 8 21% 30 79%
Mechanical Engineering 61 12 20% 49 80%
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 15 10 67% 5 33%
Music, General 14 7 50% 7 50%
Neuroscience 64 44 69% 20 31%
Operations Research 82 33 40% 49 60%
Philosophy 39 8 21% 31 79%
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 14 8 57% 6 43%
Physics, General 18 11 61% 7 39%
Political Science and Government, General 187 83 44% 104 56%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 100% 0 0%
Religion/Religious Studies 8 3 38% 5 63%
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 99 68 69% 31 31%
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 4 3 75% 1 25%
Social Sciences, Other 27 23 85% 4 15%
Sociology 53 32 60% 21 40%
Spanish Language and Literature 9 7 78% 2 22%
Statistics, General 27 5 19% 22 81%
Sustainability Studies 30 21 70% 9 30%
Urban Studies/Affairs 14 7 50% 7 50%
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 41 26 63% 15 37%
Degree data from 2016-2017
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