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Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university located in New York City, New York. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. Today, the university operates seven Columbia Global Centers overseas in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Paris, Mumbai, Santiago and Nairobi.

The university was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain. After the American Revolutionary War, King's College briefly became a state entity, and was renamed Columbia College in 1784. The University now operates under a 1787 charter that places the institution under a private board of trustees, and in 1896 it was further renamed Columbia University. 

The university encompasses twenty schools and is affiliated with numerous institutions, including Teachers College, Barnard College, and the Union Theological Seminary, with joint undergraduate programs available through the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as well as the Juilliard School.

Columbia annually administers the Pulitzer Prize and has been affiliated with numerous Nobel Prize laureates. The university is one of the fourteen founding members of the Association of American Universities, and was the first school in the United States to grant the M.D. degree.

Notable alumni of the university include nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court; 20 living billionaires; 26 Academy Award winners; and 29 heads of state, including three United States Presidents.

Honors: Ivy League Member

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Columbia University News

Columbia University News

Columbia has expanded its Sexual Violence Response Center, opening a location in Lerner Hall in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 15 attended by President Lee C. Bollinger, deans, administrators and student peer advocates. The new center is the most recent development among a number of measures the University has undertaken to combat gender-based misconduct on campus. The centers will focus on prevention, advocacy and outreach in the University community and will be staffed by survivor advocates, case managers, peer advocates, as well as counselors and trained investigators.

November 17, 2014

The Thompson-Munoz Scholars initiative identifies some 40 promising undergraduates in West Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and the South Bronx. The students, who are welcomed into the program when they receive their acceptance letters from Columbia, have the opportunity to attend special events where they meet alumni and community leaders.

The program is one of many scholarship and grant programs the University administers to ensure economic diversity on campus, joining other initiatives such as the Dyckman Institute Scholarships for outstanding students from Washington Heights and Inwood.

November 17, 2014

When Zainab Bahrani traveled to Iraq 10 years ago, she realized that it was crucial to document the extensive damage to the country’s cultural treasures caused by years of war. “We needed a system to record what was left standing of the region’s built heritage because Iraq had been cut off from the rest of the world for so long,” she said.

All of the data has been uploaded onto the Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments website, which presents a topographical survey of monuments and rock reliefs in the region from ancient to modern times. The database of images allows viewers to explore Mesopotamia’s historical landscape and create digital documentation for future preservation work.

November 11, 2014

Now a junior at Columbia’s School of General Studies, Joseph Bacani was a 21-year-old Army private in March 2007, when he was shot through the pelvis by a sniper while on foot patrol in Baghdad searching for improvised explosive devices. Still in a wheelchair, he was awarded a Purple Heart in a ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in April 2007. A photo taken at that ceremony of Bacani in his wheelchair is now a part of history, etched into the glass of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.

November 7, 2014

Serge E. Przedborski, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized clinician-scientist in the neurobiology of disease, has been appointed the inaugural director of the Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative (CTNI).

As part of the P&S Strategic Plan, CTNI was established to integrate and coordinate CUMC’s research efforts related to the neurobiology of disease. CTNI promotes collaboration across laboratories, departments, and centers at CUMC for a better understanding of disorders of the nervous system and their treatment.

November 6, 2014

The Reporting Safely in Conflict Zones workshop, one of several continuing education programs offered by Columbia’s Journalism School, is designed to show reporters, producers and photographers how to operate with caution in volatile situations. Students learn to assess risk, prevent rape and physical assault, and deal with trauma. A computer systems engineer provides instruction on how to safeguard sensitive communications and data, while emergency first-aid training is taught by a former National Guard combat medic.

November 6, 2014

Since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in New York City on Oct. 23, there has been a daily barrage of news reports about the deadly disease. At Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers have developed a computer model that tracks and forecasts the growth of Ebola cases in West Africa, the epicenter of the disease. Jeffrey Shaman’s team is one in a league of researchers and public health experts from Mailman and Columbia University Medical Center that have provided local and global authorities with a scientific basis for their policies and response.

October 29, 2014

Last November, after Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych postponed preparations to sign the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement, a wave of antigovernment protests and civil unrest overtook Ukraine, resulting in the ouster of Yanukovych and a confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. Timothy M. Frye, Marshall Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and Director of the Harriman Institute, led a survey on voter attitudes and has been actively writing and commenting on developments in Ukraine.

October 24, 2014

Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel is author of the new book Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future. A native New Yorker, Sobel was at the center of the historic 2012 storm in more ways than one. As an expert in extreme weather and its relation to climate, he began explaining to media and the public what might be brewing before the even storm even storm hit the New York metropolitan area

October 22, 2014