Mission Statement

Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the University to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

For more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world.

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Statistics and Facts
Looking for a statistical snapshot of the University? Find all the basic facts and figures about Columbia here.
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Visiting Columbia’s Campuses
Find information on visiting Columbia’s Morningside Heights and medical center campuses, and learn more about available tours and neighboring communities.
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University Administration
The University’s governance is directed by the 24-member Board of Trustees and by the University Senate.
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Financial Overview
Information about the University’s financial statements and the endowment, with links to financial reports and other resources.
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Office of the President
Columbia is led by President Lee C. Bollinger.
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University Senate
A University-wide legislature, representing faculty, students, and other constituencies.

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