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College Facts Friday: Columbia University

This week, #CollegeFactsFriday is heading to New York City! Learn more about Columbia University below: 


1. Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.

2. In 1784 the school took on a new name—Columbia, as we know it as today! 

3. The architectural centerpiece of the campus is Low Memorial Library, named in honor of Seth Low’s father (Seth Low was the President of the University at the time of building). The building appears in the New York City Register of Historic Places and is used today for the University’s central administration offices and the visitors center.

4. Columbia’s motto is “In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen” which translates to “In thy light shall we see light”.

5. The college colors are blue and white. 

6. Columbia has roughly 6,000 undergraduate students, 22 libraries, 200+ study abroad programs and 13 Graduate and Professional schools. Many more interesting numbers and statistics about Columbia can be found here

7. If you graduate from Columbia, you’ll be in great company with your fellow alumni – Former President Barack Obama graduated from Columbia, as did Warren Buffett and Amelia Earhart. 

8. The mascot for Columbia is a lion, and fun fact – the MGM Studio’s Lion was inspired by Columbia’s Lion mascot! 

9. Beginning in fall 2019, Columbia will launch the Year of Water, an interdisciplinary investigation of water in all of its social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental complexities.

10. Learn more about Columbia University on social! Visit Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more. 

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