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, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse, Political Science and Government, General, Computer Science, Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 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 2018 (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 17 9 53% 8 47%
Ancient Studies/Civilization 1 0 % 1 100%
Anthropology 19 11 58% 8 42%
Applied Mathematics, General 34 12 35% 22 65%
Architecture 25 14 56% 11 44%
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 36 26 72% 10 28%
Astronomy 3 2 67% 1 33%
Astrophysics 9 3 33% 6 67%
Biochemistry 25 11 44% 14 56%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 49 24 49% 25 51%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 78 48 62% 30 38%
Biophysics 4 2 50% 2 50%
Business Administration and Management, General 1 0 % 1 100%
Chemical Engineering 38 19 50% 19 50%
Chemistry, General 9 4 44% 5 56%
Civil Engineering, General 43 12 28% 31 72%
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 13 7 54% 6 46%
Comparative Literature 14 9 64% 5 36%
Computer Engineering, General 22 8 36% 14 64%
Computer Science 136 45 33% 91 67%
Creative Writing 34 24 71% 10 29%
Dance, General 2 2 100% 0 %
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 3 75% 1 25%
East Asian Studies 16 8 50% 8 50%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 8 2 25% 6 75%
Economics, General 263 88 33% 175 67%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 34 7 21% 27 79%
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 8 0 % 8 100%
English Language and Literature, General 73 48 66% 25 34%
Environmental Science 6 3 50% 3 50%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 12 10 83% 2 17%
Ethnic Studies 7 6 86% 1 14%
French Language and Literature 7 5 71% 2 29%
General Studies 1 0 % 1 100%
Geology/Earth Science, General 33 22 67% 11 33%
German Language and Literature 4 0 % 4 100%
History, General 68 23 34% 45 66%
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 3 3 100% 0 %
Industrial Engineering 8 5 63% 3 38%
Information Science/Studies 2 0 % 2 100%
Latin American Studies 2 1 50% 1 50%
Linguistics 7 3 43% 4 57%
Materials Science 7 2 29% 5 71%
Mathematics and Computer Science 4 1 25% 3 75%
Mathematics, General 23 6 26% 17 74%
Mechanical Engineering 57 19 33% 38 67%
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 25 14 56% 11 44%
Music, General 12 6 50% 6 50%
Neuroscience 73 42 58% 31 42%
Operations Research 64 23 36% 41 64%
Philosophy 31 6 19% 25 81%
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 7 2 29% 5 71%
Physical Sciences, Other 1 0 % 1 100%
Physics, General 19 6 32% 13 68%
Political Science and Government, General 199 89 45% 110 55%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 214 192 90% 22 10%
Religion/Religious Studies 4 3 75% 1 25%
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 116 80 69% 36 31%
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 9 6 67% 3 33%
Social Sciences, Other 19 16 84% 3 16%
Sociology 37 21 57% 16 43%
Spanish Language and Literature 8 4 50% 4 50%
Statistics, General 11 4 36% 7 64%
Sustainability Studies 36 23 64% 13 36%
Urban Studies/Affairs 9 6 67% 3 33%
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 52 32 62% 20 38%
Degree data from 2015-2016
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