Columbia University

116th St & Broadway, New York, United States
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About Columbia University

Columbia University is a school located in New York, NY, US with a total of 3807 courses available to enroll in.

Columbia University is a private Ivy League school composed of three undergraduate and 13 graduate schools. More than 3,000 existing professors are affiliated with the university and more than 20,000 students attend the school. Columbia also has 250,000 alumni in over 150 countries. The annual budget of the school is about 2 billion US dollars; the library collection alone is worth 8.7 million US dollars. Columbia offers some of the most rigorous core courses at the undergraduate level. Its graduate school is renowned for its outstanding academic achievements. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Columbia University (alongside Harvard University and the University of Chicago) was recognized as one of the top three schools for higher education in the US. By 2006, a total of 81 alumni and professors in Columbia had won the Nobel Prize. In addition, the schools of medicine, law, business and journalism are considered among the best in the country. The Pulitzer Prize from the School of Journalism is the highest honor in American literature and journalism. The 2010 "US News and World Report" ranked the university as among the top ten in the world.

Famous alumni from Columbia include two presidents (Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt), eight Supreme Court Justices, fourteen New York City mayors and ten New York governors. Eisenhower was president of Columbia before he became president. The school has a total of eighty Nobel Prize winners and four National Science Award winners. Current NBA President David Stern, Wal-Mart President Robson Walton, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov and the famous Japanese singer Utada Hikaru are also included among Columbia University's alumni.

An important feature of Columbia is that it is located in New York and is close to important sites such as Wall Street, the United Nations Headquarters and Broadway. The university is also renowned for its community. The school is close to the birthplace of the Beat Generation literary movement which emerged in the middle of the twentieth century. It is also surrounded by many famous jazz bars, performance centers, cafes and other nightlife. The school itself includes several restaurants, convenient shopping malls and sports centers. Various student societies also organize social events such as the Spring Ball Gala organized by the business school.

The Columbia University Library consists of 23 branch libraries each with their own distinct features. Among them are the Butler Library, the School of Social Work Library, and the Columbia Journalism School Library. The East Asian Library offers books on popular fiction, classical literature, and even county records. The total collection includes 870 million volumes, 6 million microfilm sets, 26 million manuscripts, and 600,000 books, 100,000 VCDs and DVDs, 200,000 copies of official documents as well as sources for Chinese genealogy. Columbia's East Asian Library offers the most extensive collection of Chinese material outside of China's libraries. The East Asian Library is second only to Harvard's Yanjing Library.

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