- Student Email Communication Policy
- Information Technology Policies
- Social Security Number Reporting
- Policy on Access to Student Records (FERPA)
- University Regulations (Including Rules of Conduct)
- International Travel Planning Policy
- Policies on Alcohol and Drugs
- Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment
- Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students
- Protection of Minors
- University Event Policies
- Policy on Partisan Political Activity
- Campus Safety and Security
- Crime Definitions in Accordance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program
- Use of Hoverboards on University Campus and Property
- Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems on University Campus and Property
- Voluntary Leave of Absence Policy
- Involuntary Leave of Absence Policy
- Military Leave of Absence Policy
- Central Administration of the University’s Academic Programs
- Non-Retaliation Policy
- Essential Resources
- Student Consumer Information
- Additional Policy Sources
Essential Policies for the Columbia Community
STUDENT CONSUMER INFORMATION
Welcome to Columbia University’s student consumer information page. This page was created to provide easy access to the information you need to be an informed consumer of a Columbia University education.
The US Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires all institutions of higher education, who receive federal student financial assistance, to make student consumer information available to all enrolled and prospective students. This page acts as a central resource for information that can be found in other Columbia web sites, brochures and publications.
Subject to Change: Because of the nature of federal, state and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained on this website is subject to change.
- Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information
- Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information
- General Institutional Information
- Cost of Attendance
- Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements
- Student Financial Assistance
- Student Loan Information
- Federal Aid Availability for Study Abroad
- Health and Safety
- Student Outcomes
- Intercollegiate Athletic Program
- Voter Registration
- State Contact Information for Distance Education Student Complaints
- Privacy of Student Records--FERPA
- Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
- Student Diversity
- Net Price Calculator
- Columbia College and Columbia Engineering
- School of General Studies
- Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid
- Textbook Information:
- For information on costs associated with the required textbooks and supplemental materials, please enter course information on the University's Directory of Classes
- Educational Program
- For information on the University's educational programs, please select from the list of Columbia's Schools
- Instructional Facilities
- For information on the University's instructional facilities, please select from the list of Columbia's Schools
- Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs.
- Columbia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000.
- Other Required Registration Information: The University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students in its fully online distance education programs.
- Copyright Infringement--Policies and Sanctions
- Computer Use and File Sharing
- Student Activities
- Career and Job Placement Services
- Licensure Pass Rates:
- Tuition and Fees
- For information on housing, estimated personal expenses, and other costs associated with enrollment, please talk to your school’s financial aid office.
The US Department of Education requires colleges and Universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."
The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year's data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to both our current students and prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.
Below is a list of our gainful employment programs; click on individual programs for more detailed information.
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
College of Dental Medicine
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry 1
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry 2
- Dental Public Health
- Civil Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Computer Systems Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Metallurgical Engineer
- Mineral Engineer
- Engineer Mines
School of General Studies
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia Law School
- Global Business Law and Governance (with Institute D'Etudes Politiques and Universite Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne)
- International Criminal Law (with Amsterdam)
College of Physicians and Surgeons
School of Professional Studies
- Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
- Quantitative Methods for Finance
School of Nursing
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Midwifery
- Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing
- Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
- School of the Arts
- Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
- Columbia College
- School of Professional Studies
- College of Dental Medicine
- The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
- School of General Studies
- School of International and Public Affairs
- Graduate School of Journalism
- School of Law
- School of Nursing
- College of Physicians & Surgeons
- Mailman School of Public Health
- School of Social Work
- PhD Program: The Social Work PhD Program is governed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, with regards to transfer credits and Advanced Standing status. Please visit the GSAS site for more information on their policies and procedures for securing such credit.
- Assistance Available from Federal, State, Local and Institutional Programs
- Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
- Initial Loan Counseling and Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers
- Institutional Code of Conduct for Education Loans
- Suggested Lender Lists
- Suggested Lender Arrangements
- For more information on the University's suggested lender arrangement, please see the University's disclosure concerning the selection of lenders.
Columbia University offers students many study abroad opportunities. Students who seek to enroll in study abroad programs which have been approved for credit by the University may be eligible to receive federal student aid. To explore their eligibility for federal student aid, students should contact their school’s financial aid office. Additional information regarding study abroad programs can be found at the Office of Global Programs.
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs:
- Vaccination Policies
- Campus Security Report, Crime Statistics and Crime Log
- Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
- Fire Safety Policies, Fire Statistics and Fire Log (On-Campus Housing Facilities)
- Missing Student Procedures
- Retention, Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
- 6-Year Graduation Rates by receipt of Pell Grants and other subsidized federal loans
- Job Placement for Graduates
- Graduate and Professional Education Placement for Graduates
- Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data
- To view information regarding equity in athletics, visit http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/ and select "Get data for one institution". Search for "Columbia University" to view Columbia-specific data.
- Federal regulations require institutions that offer online programs to provide contact information for students who wish to make a complaint to the appropriate state agency in their state of residence. If contacted by such an agency, the University will work with them to attempt to resolve the dispute. For contact information, please see the State Agency Contact List for Student Complaints.
To find additional consumer information about Columbia and other schools, a good place to start is the U-CAN profile of Columbia, a free, consumer-oriented college information web site developed by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
While each section contained within this page has independent contact information specifically pertaining to that content area, general inquiries regarding the compilation of guidelines and information on the Student Consumer Information page can be sent to the Office of Compliance for Student Financial Services at email@example.com.