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The Student Experience
Columbia holds its place as a global leader in higher education because of its ability to attract talented and accomplished students and scholars from around the country and the world. Admissions to Columbia schools continue to grow more selective every year. At Columbia College, the number of applicants increased 14% between 2004 and 2006, and the undergraduate admission rate for the College and the Fu Foundation School for Engineering and Applied Science is down to a combined 10.6%, the lowest in Columbia’s history. Interest in Columbia’s graduate and professional schools continued at an all-time high in 2006, as well.

Today, Columbia students and faculty come from 150 countries to engage each other in the breadth of cultural, scientific, and business enterprises that make New York one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Arts On Campus
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Jazz, science, and the classics all play a role in the Core Curriculum.

Athletic advances include new leadership, upgraded facilities, and championship teams.

Civic Engagement
Columbia students’ involvement in public service has never been stronger.

The Arts
The arts are increasingly becoming a part of every student’s education.

Affirming Educational Diversity

Columbia is profoundly committed to the principle of diversity. Connecting with people different from ourselves is an essential element of education in a globalized society. When we learn to see the world through a multiplicity of eyes and through an array of human experiences, we only make ourselves more nimble in mastering—and integrating—the diverse fields of knowledge awaiting us.

President Bollinger came to Columbia as a named defendant in two U.S. Supreme Court cases from his tenure as president and law school dean at the University of Michigan that affirmed and clarified diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. In advocating for the Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger cases, he has made the case that a diverse student body is necessary not only to remove historical obstacles blocking certain groups from higher education—a moral imperative—but for universities to fulfill their responsibility of educating young people to be productive citizens in an increasingly diverse society.

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