Harvard vs. Columbia University

Two Rivalry Colleges in Ivy League

Harvard vs. Columbia University

Harvardvs.Columbia University

Both Harvard and Columbia University are private. Harvard is located in Cambridge, MA and Columbia University is located in New York, NY.
  • 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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#2 in National Universities
#2 in Massachusetts
Rankings#6 in National Universities
#1 in New York
Private, 4-yearsSchool TypePrivate, 4-years
Cambridge, MALocationNew York, NY
1 Year Certificate
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Offered DegreesBachelor's
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
$49,954Financial Aid$46,156
$85 undergraduate
$105 graduate
Application Fee$85 undergraduate
$120 graduate
5.16%Acceptance Rate6.61%
1,550 SAT, 35 ACTTest Scores1,530 SAT, 35 ACT
Student Population
30,631Total Students34,782
10,495Online Enrollment1,494
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
97%Graduation Rate97%
Transfer-out Rate1%
96%Retention Rate99%
$139,100Average Earning after Graduation$115,600
Special Learning Opportunities and Student Services
Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Both Undergraduate and GraduateDistance Learning (Online Classes)Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Graduate
Study Abroad
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certifiate
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 13,748)
$12,056 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 13,109)
$9,986 average annual costs
Not offered or not ReportedMeal PlanNot offered or not Reported
Faculties and Staffs
7 to 1Students to Faculty Ratio6 to 1
2,120 Full-time
335 Part-time
Number of Faculties4,327 Full-time
1,902 Part-time
16,942 Full-time
2,236 Part-time
Number of Staffs18,250 Full-time
2,611 Part-time
$193,382 for Faculties
$91,111 Part-time
Average Salary$179,871 for Faculties
$90,193 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