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Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain. Columbia is the oldest college in the state of New York and the fifth chartered institution of higher learning in the country, making it one of nine colonial colleges founded before the Declaration of Independence. After the American Revolutionary War, King's College briefly became a state entity, and was renamed Columbia College in 1784. A 1787 charter placed the institution under a private board of trustees before it was renamed Columbia University in 1896 when the campus was moved from Madison Avenue to its current location in Morningside Heights occupying 32 acres of land. Columbia 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.

Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York
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Latin: Universitas Columbiae Neo Eboracensis
Former names
King's College
(1754–1784)
Columbia College
(1784–1896)
Motto In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen (Latin)
Motto in English
In Thy light shall we see light (Psalms 36:9)
Type Royal
Private
Established 1754
Academic affiliations
AAU
URA
568 Group
NAICU
APSIA
Endowment $9.639 billion (2015)
President Lee Bollinger
Provost John Henry Coatsworth
Academic staff
3,806 (fall 2014)
Students 27,942 (excluding 1,928 non-degree students; fall 2014)
Undergraduates 8,410 (fall 2014)
Postgraduates 19,532 (fall 2014)
Location New York City, New York, United States
40°48′27″N 73°57′43″W / 40.80750°N 73.96194°W / 40.80750; -73.96194Coordinates: 40°48′27″N 73°57′43″W / 40.80750°N 73.96194°W / 40.80750; -73.96194
Campus Urban, total 299 acres (1.21 km)
Colors Columbia blue and white          
Athletics NCAA Division IIvy League, EARC
MAISA
Mascot Columbia Lions
Website columbia.edu
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Columbia University (officially Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain. Columbia is the oldest college in the state of New York and the fifth chartered institution of higher learning in the country, making it one of nine colonial colleges founded before the Declaration of Independence. After the American Revolutionary War, King's College briefly became a state entity, and was renamed Columbia College in 1784. A 1787 charter placed the institution under a private board of trustees before it was renamed Columbia University in 1896 when the campus was moved from Madison Avenue to its current location in Morningside Heights occupying 32 acres (13 ha) of land. Columbia 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.

The university is organized into twenty schools, including Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies. The university also has global research outposts in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Paris, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Asunción and Nairobi. It has affiliations with several other institutions nearby, including Teachers College (the university's Department of Education), Barnard College, and Union Theological Seminary, with joint undergraduate programs available through the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, University College London, Sciences Po, City University of Hong Kong, and the Juilliard School.

Columbia administers annually the Pulitzer Prize. Notable alumni and former students (counting those from King's College) include five Founding Fathers of the United States; nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court; 20 living billionaires; 29 Academy Award winners; and 29 heads of state, including three United States Presidents. Additionally, 100 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Columbia as students, researchers, faculty, or staff. Columbia is second only to Harvard University in the number of Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni and affiliated Nobel Prize winners, with over 100 recipients for both awards as of 2016.

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