Columbia University is a private university located in New York City. It is part of the “Ivy League,” a nickname for a group of eastern U.S. schools thought to be “elite” in terms of history, academic excellence, selective admissions, and often the wealth of the students who attend.
Columbia traces its history to 1754, when it was founded as King’s College by royal charter of King George II of England. Its earliest students included early American political figures Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. After the American Revolution, the name of the school was changed (for obvious reasons) to Columbia College. Today the school is officially named Columbia University in the City of New York.
Columbia’s tuition and fees will total more than $50,000 per year for most students — this is before adding the costs of living in New York City. Many students accepted into the university will receive financial aid that lowers this cost.
Columbia University Medical Center serves as both a medical school for Columbia as well as a general medical center within the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital system.