Time to Celebrate

Founded in 1754, Columbia University in the City of New York celebrated its 250th anniversary with events, symposia, publications, and insights into its history. Celebrate the legacy here.

Sghaping the World


The Course of History
In its evolution from a tiny college to one of the world’s finest research universities, Columbia and its people have helped shape our modern world in surprising and sometimes forgotten ways. Read more about what Columbia’s 250 years have meant to the University and the world. View

The Acropolis of America

Professor Andrew Dolkart created "The Architecture and Development of New York City," in collaboration with Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures, as a guide to the city. This site is a richly illustrated, interactive look at the development of New York's great built environment. View

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Leaders and Icons

Columbians Ahead of Their Time�

Leaders and Icons
The story of Columbia is the story of its people.� From Alexander Hamilton to Virginia Apgar, Columbians have played influential roles in scientific discovery, art, culture, law, and myriad other fields. Read more about the leaders, entertainers, scientists, and icons associated with Columbia. View

Your Columbians
Columbians list their favorites. View

Columbia Athletics
Saluting great teams and players. View

Living Legacies
Great moments and leading figures in the history of Columbia University. View

Columbia Through Time


Columbia Through Time
Read about major events that have created the Columbia University of today, including significant discoveries by its graduates and faculty, the pioneering role of its leaders in American higher education, and the social life of the University over the last quarter millennium. View

Ric Burns Film


Columbia: A Celebration
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ric Burns (CC 1978, MA 1983) focuses on Columbia in a new documentary exploring the University's rise from its roots as a small college in Lower Manhattan to a premier institution of higher learning. View

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