Columbia University vs. Harvard

Two Rivalry Colleges in Ivy League

Columbia University vs. Harvard

Columbia Universityvs.Harvard

Both Columbia University and Harvard are private. Columbia University is located in New York, NY and Harvard is located in Cambridge, MA.
  • Columbia University has more expensive tuition of $65,508 than Harvard ($57,261).
  • Harvard has tighter acceptance rate of 5.16% than Columbia University (6.61%).
  • Harvard has higher SAT scores of 1,550 than Columbia University (1,530).
  • Columbia University is larger with 34,782 students than Harvard (30,631 students).
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#6 in National Universities
#1 in New York
Rankings#2 in National Universities
#2 in Massachusetts
Private, 4-yearsSchool TypePrivate, 4-years
New York, NYLocationCambridge, MA
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Offered Degrees1 Year Certificate
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Research University (very high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
Tuition & Fees
$46,156Financial Aid$49,954
$85 undergraduate
$120 graduate
Application Fee$85 undergraduate
$105 graduate
6.61%Acceptance Rate5.16%
1,530 SAT, 35 ACTTest Scores1,550 SAT, 35 ACT
Student Population
34,782Total Students30,631
1,494Online Enrollment10,495
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
97%Graduation Rate97%
1%Transfer-out Rate
99%Retention Rate96%
$115,600Average Earning after Graduation$139,100
Special Learning Opportunities and Student Services
Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for GraduateDistance Learning (Online Classes)Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Study Abroad
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certifiate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 13,109)
$9,986 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 13,748)
$12,056 average annual costs
Not offered or not ReportedMeal PlanNot offered or not Reported
Faculties and Staffs
6 to 1Students to Faculty Ratio7 to 1
4,327 Full-time
1,902 Part-time
Number of Faculties2,120 Full-time
335 Part-time
18,250 Full-time
2,611 Part-time
Number of Staffs16,942 Full-time
2,236 Part-time
$179,871 for Faculties
$90,193 Part-time
Average Salary$193,382 for Faculties
$91,111 Part-time
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2021-2022