"NYC's most prestigious university" Columbia University Tip by Jefie

Columbia University, New York City: 7 reviews and 11 photos

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On our way to Harlem, Chafin suggested we stop by Columbia University to go on a quick tour of the campus. Dating back to 1754, Columbia is the oldest university in New York (5th oldest in the country) and a member of the prestigious Ivy League. Its alumni and faculty include 94 Nobel Prize winners (the most for any university in the world), 101 Pulitzer Prize winners, and four US Presidents (including Barrack Obama). The campus is huge, stretching from W 110th Street to W 123rd Street in the Morningside Heights area, with several other buildings spread throughout Harlem. The very impressive Low Memorial Library, dating back to 1897, stands at the center of the historic campus, and next to it is St. Paul?s Chapel, built in 1904; the chapel offers weekly non-denominational services to the students and it?s worth taking a quick peak inside to look at its beautiful stained glass windows and wood paneling. Although we didn?t spend that much time at Columbia, it was fun to walk around to admire the campus?s collection of Beaux-Arts pavilions and watch the students in action, wondering if perhaps one of them would eventually become a Nobel Prize winner?!

There is a visitor center (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) located in room 213 of the Low Memorial Library where you can pick up a free map of the campus to go on a self-guided walking tour.

Address: 2960 Broadway
Directions: The main entrance is located at the corner of 116th St.
Phone: 212-854-1754
Website: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/visitor_info.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 28, 2010
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    I'm glad you had a look at my old alma mater.
    (I never met Obama there because I graduated before he was even born.)


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