The University at Large

Columbia University occupies two major campuses, as well as additional special-purpose facilities throughout the area. Besides the main campus located on the Upper West Side in Morningside Heights, further uptown in Washington Heights is the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), which includes Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, College of Dental Medicine, and School of Nursing. Columbia Medical Center is the world’s first academic medical center, and opened in 1928 when Columbia’s health-related schools and Presbyterian Hospital (which has since merged with New York Hospital to become NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital) moved to the Washington Heights location. Columbia Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering Department has offices on both the Morningside campus and CUMC.

eyond its schools and programs, the measure of Columbia’s true breadth and depth must take into account its seventy-odd internationally recognized centers and institutions for specialized research, which study everything from human rights to molecular recognition, as well as the close affiliations it holds with Teachers College, Barnard College, the Juilliard School, and both the Jewish and Union Theological Seminaries. Columbia also maintains major off-campus facilities such as the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY, and the Nevis Laboratories in Irvington, NY. Involved in many cooperative ventures, Columbia also conducts ongoing research at such facilities as Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY, and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies located just off the Morningside campus.


The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is located on Columbia’s Morningside campus. One of the handsomest urban institutions in the country, the 13.1 million gross square feet (gsf) of the Morningside campus comprise more than 200 buildings of housing; off-campus apartments and commercial buildings; recreation and research facilities; centers for the humanities and social and pure sciences; and professional schools in architecture, business, the fine arts, journalism, law, and many other fields.


From Broadway and 125th Street West to a revitalized Hudson River waterfront, Columbia's 17-acre Manhattanville campus will be a welcoming environment of publicly accessible open space, tree-lined streets, neighborhood-friendly retail and innovative academic buildings that invite community engagement. The first new buildings will be completed during the 2016–2017 academic year. New buildings now under construction will house cutting-edge research and teaching in brain science, art galleries and performance spaces, and space for active community engagement. The Jerome L. Greene Science Center, for one, houses the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, which includes several members of the SEAS faculty. The Institute serves as a thriving hub where faculty and students from across Columbia, scholars from around the world, and members of the local community come together in the search for new insights about ourselves, exploring the complexities of the human mind and brain.


The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science occupies four laboratory and classroom buildings at the north end of the campus, including the Northwest Corner Science and Engineering Building, an interdisciplinary teaching and research building on the Morningside campus. It was designed by the world-renowned architect Jose Rafael Moneo to serve as a physical and intellectual bridge, linking laboratories and maximizing the ready sharing and exchange of ideas, resources, and information. With its beehive-like setting, the new building is already enhancing existing collaborations and stimulating new ones, enabling researchers across the University to work together to create new areas of knowledge, in fields where the biological, physical, and digital worlds fuse. This pandisciplinary frontier is the nexus at which engineering and applied scientific advances will provide innovative solutions to some of modern society’s most challenging problems in a wide range of sectors, from health to cybersecurity and smart infrastructure to the environment.

Offering multiple programs of study, with facilities specifically designed and equipped to meet the laboratory and research needs of both undergraduate and graduate students, the School is the site of an almost overwhelming array of basic and advanced research installations, from the Columbia Genome Center and the Columbia Nano Initiative, newly established to serve as the hub for multidisciplinary and collaborative research programs in nanoscale science and engineering. Shared facilities and equipment to support nano research at the Engineering School include a state-of-the-art clean room in CEPSR
and a recently constructed Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) Laboratory on the first floor of Havemeyer.

In addition to this group of advanced research opportunities and one that stems from an interdisciplinary framework is the Columbia Data Science Institute, hosted by Columbia Engineering. Founded in 2012 with a grant from New York City, the Data Science Institute spans nine schools at Columbia, including Journalism, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
and Columbia University Medical Center. The mission of the Data Science Institute is to train data science innovators and
develop ideas for the social good.

Details about specific programs’ laboratories and equipment can be found in the sections describing those programs.


The Botwinick Multimedia Learning Laboratory at Columbia University has redefined the way engineers are educated here.

Designed with both education and interaction in mind, the lab provides students and instructors with 40 Apple Mac Pro workstations connected to central servers and a networkbased RAID storage array, a full set of professional-grade engineering software tools, and a collaborative classroom learning environment to help them engage in real-world interactions with community clients, Engineering faculty, and professional practitioners. It is utilized in some of the School’s
introductory first-year engineering projects, as well as advanced classes in 3-D modeling and animation, technology and society, and entrepreneurship.


Columbia Engineering’s Makerspace provides students a dedicated place at the School to collaborate, learn, explore, experiment, and create prototypes. Students can utilize the space to work on a variety of innovative projects, including independent or group design projects, product development, and new venture plans. Located on the twelfth floor of the Mudd Building, this facility fosters student creativity by bringing together the workspace and tools for computeraided design, physical prototyping, fabric arts, woodworking, electronics, and software.


Located on the fourth floor (campus level) of the Mudd Building, the newly renovated Carleton Commons and Blue Java Café comprise 2,800 square feet with seating for 160 and areas for casual meetings, individual and group work, and quiet study. Carleton Commons gives students a dedicated and comfortable space to gather, relax between classes, or meet and work with one another on problem sets or projects. The new design also enables flexible and reconfigurable use of the space for
larger gatherings and special events.