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 805 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 12953.

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 2019

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 2016-2017
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