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West 116 St and Broadway
New York , New York 10027

Disability Resource Office

Disability Services
Wien Hall, Suite 108A
411 W.116 Street, Mail Code 3714
New York, NY 10027
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About Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York, often referred to simply as Columbia University, is a prestigious institution located in the heart of New York City. Established in 1754, it is one of the oldest and most renowned universities in the United States. With its rich history and commitment to excellence in education, research, and public service, Columbia University has become a symbol of academic excellence and intellectual pursuit.

One defining feature of Columbia University is its not-for-profit and private status. Being a not-for-profit institution means that the university operates solely for educational purposes, rather than generating profits for shareholders. This allows Columbia to focus on providing a world-class education and investing in cutting-edge research without being driven by marketing objectives or economic gain. Moreover, being a private university means that Columbia relies primarily on tuition fees, donations, and endowments for funding, giving it financial autonomy and flexibility in shaping its programs and infrastructure.

Situated in New York City, the university benefits from its vibrant and culturally diverse surroundings. The city itself is a global hub for business, arts, finance, and innovation, offering countless opportunities for internships, networking, and experiential learning. Columbia students have unparalleled access to internships and job opportunities in various industries, as well as the chance to engage with professionals and experts in their respective fields. The city’s international character also enriches the academic experience, exposing students to a multitude of cultures, perspectives, and ideas.

Columbia University is known for its academic rigor and rigorous admission standards. It is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world and attracts talented and intellectually curious students from across the globe. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs spanning disciplines such as arts and sciences, engineering, business, law, medicine, and public health. Columbia’s renowned faculty consists of distinguished scholars, researchers, and practitioners who are leaders in their respective fields, ensuring that students receive a world-class education.

One of the key features that sets Columbia University apart is its commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. The university encourages students and faculty to explore and transcend disciplinary boundaries, fostering a culture of creativity and intellectual exploration. This interdisciplinary approach not only enhances the learning experience but also enables groundbreaking research and solutions to complex societal issues.

In addition to its academic endeavors, Columbia University has a strong emphasis on public service and social engagement. Through various initiatives and partnerships, the university strives to make a positive impact on local and global communities. Students and faculty actively participate in community service, research projects, and internships focused on addressing pressing societal challenges.

Columbia University’s central location in New York City offers students a truly unique and unparalleled college experience. From its iconic campus in Morningside Heights to its proximity to renowned museums, theaters, and cultural landmarks, the university provides students with a stimulating and dynamic environment. With countless opportunities for intellectual growth, personal development, and professional success, Columbia University stands as a beacon of academic excellence in the heart of the city that never sleeps.

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Disability Accommodations

Services Provided

      • Notetaking Assistance
      • Exam Accomodations
      • Alternate Learning Material Formats (e-text, large print, etc.)
      • Scribe Services
      • Qualified Readers
      • Assistive technologies (screen readers, voice input, etc.)
      • Qualified Sign Language Interpreters
      • Text-Based Accommodations (CART or C-Print)

      Services Provided

          • Degree Curriculum Substitutions
          • Priority Enrollment
          • Reduced courseload
          • Medical leave
          • Residence Hall Accommodations

          Campus Accessibility

          Accessible Level

              • Student Health Services
              • Mental Health Support Services
              • The library(ies)
              • Institution Online Platforms
              • Recreational and Athletic Facilities
              • Student Community Center and Other Common Gathering Areas
              • Primary Educational Facilities Used for Classes
              • Entertainment and Event Facilities
              • On-Campus Transit
              • Close Off-Campus Transit
              • Student Housing
              • Essential Administrative Offices (financial aid, registration, students services, career counseling, etc.)

              Services Provided

                  • Dietary Meal Plan Accommodations
                  • Service and Emotional Support Animals
                  • Study Abroad Program Accommodations
                  • Internship, Externship, Field Placement, or other For-Credit, Off-Campus Work Experience Accommodations