Columbia University in the City of New York

With 500 organizations, 31 varsity sports, dozens of club and intramural teams, and community service groups, there is plenty to do during free time at Columbia University.

Part of the Ivy Group athletic conference, many athletes take part in Football, Basketball, Rowing. Make sure to root for the Columbia Lions at the stadiums, fields, or gymnasium. The school currently has about 941 athletes on campus. Columbia is actually well known for its football history: they played the second game in the history of the sport against Rutgers University.

All freshmen are required to live on campus and tend to stay at one of the larger residence halls around South Lawn. Students can choose from corridor or apartment style housing, with the opportunity to live with friends. There are also several fraternities and sororities. The houses can hold up to 12812.

For study, the library system on campus consists of 22 buildings, 12 million volumes, 160,000 journals, rare books, electronic resources, and more. It is the sixth largest academic library in the country, and the largest in New York. Students can also participate in one of the many publications on campus including the Columbia Daily Spectator and The Blue and White. Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of academic career counseling, employment services, and placement services.

Clubs and organizations are a big part of life at Columbia with over 500 to choose from. Choices include music, debate, political groups, intramural sports, culture, religion, and more. The radio stations WKCR-FM and CTV are pioneers in campus broadcasting and the Philolexian Society, a literary and debate club, is the oldest student group at the school.

Every year sees Columbia University’s traditions. Orgo Night takes place at midnight, just hours before the first finals. The Marching Band takes over the Butler Library in an attempt to distract students from studying, before moving on to other areas of the campus. The Tree Lighting, although only started in 1998, takes place in early December. College Walk is illuminated and students gather for hot chocolate, musical entertainment, and school speeches. Also famous is the older tradition of the Yule Log. Predating the American Revolution, students dress as Continental Army soldiers carrying a log to John Jay Hall, where it is lit during caroling.

Students can also take advantage of living in one of the most famous and cultural spots in the country: New York City. There are dozens of museums, parks, theaters, and more to explore.

Campus Housing - Dorms and Meal Plans

Provides on campus housing

Residence hall capacity

Does college offer a meal plan?
Yes, number of meals per week can vary

Must all students live on campus?

Residence halls on campus:
Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Epsilon Oi, Broadway Residence, Carlton Arms, Carman Hall, Claremont, Delta Gamma, Delta Phi, Delta Tau, East Campus, Fairholm Hall, Furnald Hall, Harmony Hall, Hartley Hall, Hogan Hall, Intercutural Res Cntr, John Jay Hall, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Rho, Lenfest Hall, McBain Hall, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Upsilon, River Hall, Ruggles Hall, Schapiro Hall, SIC House, Sigma, W th Street, Wallach Hall, Watt Hall, West th Street, Wien Hall, Woodbridge Hall, Zeta Beta Tau, Zeta Psi

Sports Programs & Athletics

Athletic conferences
    Football - Ivy Group
    Basketball - Ivy Group
    Baseball - Ivy Group
    Cross Country/Track - Ivy Group

Number of Varsity Athletes by Sport in 2018

Sport # of Men # of Women
All Track Combined 126 132
Archery 12
Baseball 31
Basketball 18 16
Fencing 21 17
Field Hockey 25
Football 114
Golf 11 7
Lacrosse 27
Rowing 39 50
Soccer 29 29
Softball 19
Squash 16 14
Swimming and Diving 33 35
Tennis 13 13
Volleyball 16
Wrestling 37
Other Sports 41
Data from 2015-2016
Athletic Association
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Athletic Classification
NCAA Division I-FCS



Athletic Summary
Total # athletes


Male Athletes 529
Female Athletes 412


Total sports revenue

Total sports expenses

Avg. head coach salary - Women
(# full-time equivalents)
$99,767 (13)

Avg. head coach salary - Men
(# FTE)
$191,234 (12)

Campus Services and Programs

Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Library facilities
Access to digital/electronic resources
Access to library collections that are shared with other institutions
Established library hours
Organized collection of printed materials
Physical facilities
Staff trained to provide and interpret library materials
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Hospital on campus?


% of students with registered disabilities

Nearby Restaurants

Per Se

Miles From Campus: 2.98
We came here for our wedding anniversary. My husband has been talking about PerSe for so long I knew this was the right place. I found reservations on...

Green Juice Cafe

Miles From Campus: 3.33
The place is really small, only having four mini tables, but it is extremely clean and has a really comfortable ambiance. Their coffee is quite reasonably...

B Side Pizza & Wine Bar

Miles From Campus: 3.36
This place is so good I had to return and get the same thing. Ordered the Carbonara pizza with prosciutto. What an amazing combo. It was busy when we...

Frisson Espresso

Miles From Campus: 3.57
Returned here after last visit in early 16'. Took me wife who orders and devoured a delicious single shot espresso. Purchased my cap so am thrilled to...

Sushi by Bou

Miles From Campus: 3.61
Let me begin by writing I am by no means a sushi connoisseur nor the biggest fan of sushi and have been a picky eater when it comes to sushi. I had a bad...

Borgatti's Ravioli & Egg Noodles

Miles From Campus: 5.09
I'm still speechless after 4 decades. The best. Yelp told my that review was too short and not good enough. That's seriously nothing more to say than...

Trader Joe's Wine Shop

Miles From Campus: 5.33
Love this place! My roommate kept recommending it but obviously being that it's a little out of my neck-of-the-woods it was a less tempting option when I...

Té Company

Miles From Campus: 5.5
This is my favorite tea spot in NYC! It's a cozy Taiwanese tea shop that has a wide selection of tea. Seating is extremely limited, because the place is...

Peck Peck Korean Style Chicken

Miles From Campus: 5.55
Went for Lunch Food - 5/5. They really know how to fry here. The fries were super crispy on the outside but soft on the inside making for ideal steak...

Acme Smoked Fish

Miles From Campus: 5.74
Who says the NY Times is irrelevant? Because I'm firmly convinced that its piece on Acme about five years ago contributed majorly to the line out the door...

Faicco's Italian Specialties

Miles From Campus: 5.75
Authentic. Delicious. Huge. I've been going to Faicco's for over 8 years now and i dont see myself stopping. This little Italian deli is easy to miss in...

Coffee Project New York

Miles From Campus: 5.79
I stumbled upon this cute coffee shop while waiting for a brunch reservation and it ended up being the perfect start to my rainy day! My best friend and I...


Miles From Campus: 5.91
Update 1/19/18: Honestly Yelpers- this place deserves 10 stars!!! I can't get enough of this store! EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING I have bought so far is...

La Contenta

Miles From Campus: 6.32
I've been to this location for my birthday brunch two years ago and kept wanting to come back. This visit paid off because the dinner menu was so delicious...

Pita Palace

Miles From Campus: 6.35
Little corner restaurant in Northeast Williamsburg serving Middle Eastern fast food. My brother and I came here based on the glowing reviews it got from...

Andrea Salumeria

Miles From Campus: 6.47
Andrea Salumeria is the real deal. I've been eating at Italian places all over North Jersey for years, and I have to say--this place may have them all beat...

Second Street Bakery

Miles From Campus: 7.5
We almost went to Second Street Deli (easy to confuse, I know). Thank god a man overheard our conversation and told us that we were headed to the wrong...

Daily Waffle

Miles From Campus: 7.58
I really hope this place reopens soon because I'm currently sitting in class rn thinking about how I miss their food!! This was my favorite dessert place...

Paisanos Butcher Shop

Miles From Campus: 8.56
This has been my local butcher shop for nearly a decade now, and it is a constant source of meat (read: joy) in my life. They've got all the meat you'll...

Cafe Talya

Miles From Campus: 11.44
Amazing and Affordable! Wow, a very clean and welcoming atmosphere. It took me back to my time in Newport, RI with the mom and pop diners. Hospitality...

Pepe's Place

Miles From Campus: 11.97
Service is excellent and food is delicious. I trek all the way from Queens to see if it truly deserve five stars and the food and the people do deserve five...

Casa d'Paco

Miles From Campus: 11.98
I was beyond floored at the service that was provided here. Service to me is the most important aspect of being out and being served. You guys mastered this...

Five Pennies Creamery

Miles From Campus: 19.61
Absolutely loved this place when I came here with friends! The place itself is super cute and the staff was extremely nice when we asked for several samples...

El Mofongo Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 19.64
Very prompt service and super friendly. The food is very tasty and you get large servings to go with it. Would highly recommend. I got the pork with rice...

Sazon Latino Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 24.18
If you live in this town or just pass by on 287 and need the best meal you've ever gotten from a restaurant at an affordable price, then this is the...
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Nearby Social Spots

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Miles From Campus: 2.01
Ahhhh, the Met! I love this place, I will never get tired of it. Be prepared to spend the whole day here as there is so much to see and appreciate from...

The High Line

Miles From Campus: 4.73
The Quick: Great free above ground walking path in the best neighborhoods in manhattan. Perfect for when out of town guests who are visiting or locals who...

Eleven Madison Park

Miles From Campus: 4.78
I mean come on... anyone that has given Eleven Madison Park anything less then 5 stars is just odd... My fiancé and I absolutely love it here! We go every...


Miles From Campus: 5.08
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Miles From Campus: 5.54
Came here not long with my partner and was pleasantly surprised at the customer service. Food was top notch and the waiting time was down to about 30...

Angel's Share

Miles From Campus: 5.61
I came to the Village Yokocho years ago and thought the door lead to the restroom. What was I thinking? Now, I'm older and wiser. Man, I love this place! I...

Caracas Arepa Bar

Miles From Campus: 5.75
This is definitely the kind of place you come based off of hearsay. So hear me say that you should come here. It's a little hole-in-the-wall-esque...

Saigon Shack

Miles From Campus: 5.79
Very popular Vietnamese food "casual-chic shack" Fresh and high quality ingredients. Great prices. Cash Only. Fast and polite service. Many people take-out...


Miles From Campus: 5.8
The best food we had in New York. The best scallops I have eaten to date. All of the food was seasoned and cooked to perfection and the service was just as...


Miles From Campus: 5.94
Standard brunch fare! I'm not sure what all the hype was about, Jane is on every single brunch list, it was good but not particularly memorable. We chose...

Doughnut Plant

Miles From Campus: 6.5
I have always liked doughnuts but this place really raised the bar for me. On the other hand, tres leches has never been a dessert that I have liked but I...

Kam Hing Coffee Shop

Miles From Campus: 6.51
They have the best sponge cakes in all of canal street. They have original sponge cakes that cost 75 cents while any other flavored one cost $1.25 which...

Mission Escape Games

Miles From Campus: 6.55
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Locanda Verde

Miles From Campus: 6.6
So. Damn. Delicious. I make focaccia bread at least once a month and I've never felt worse about my baking skills as I felt when I bit into the...

Whiskey Tavern

Miles From Campus: 6.64
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Miles From Campus: 6.75
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Takahachi Bakery

Miles From Campus: 6.97
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National September 11 Memorial Museum

Miles From Campus: 7.2
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Adrienne's Pizzabar

Miles From Campus: 7.61
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The Dead Rabbit

Miles From Campus: 7.69
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