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Exploring Columbia University in NYC

Visit New York's Oldest College


By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (Outside Columbia University Library) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Columbia University

New York will never be accused of having too few places to visit or things to do. From the wide range of excellent parks to an array of charming and must-see sites across Upstate New York, you'll find it easy to maximize your fun. 

Plan your next visit to the City That Never Sleeps and enjoy a stay on the Upper West Side – the picturesque and historic area of Manhattan. Here, you'll want to spend a healthy amount of time exploring the campus of Columbia University, one of the most famous and well regarded Ivy League schools in the country. 

Established in 1754, making it New York's oldest college, Columbia was originally known as King's College – it's one of nine colonial colleges established before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

You'll find Columbia's 299-acre campus just west of Morningside Park, between West 110th Street and West 123rd Street. Once you find the Columbia campus, don't miss any of it's impressive structures and historical landmarks. 

Enjoy a stroll down College Walk, be sure to see the Columbia Teachers College building, and the Union Theological Seminary is an architectural site to behold. The Butler Library features over two million volumes, making it the largest single library on campus. 

A tour of the Columbia University campus is an ideal activity for those traveling with soon-to-be-graduated high school seniors. Tours last one hour, need to be reserved ahead of time, and are broken down into categories like Science Tours, Engineering Tours, and general Campus Tours.

Sports fans visiting NYC will be in for a treat, too. The Columbia Lions compete within the Ivy League Conference across 31 varsity-level sports. Basketball fans are sure to visit Levien Gymnasium, home of Columbia Lions basketball, while football fans hardly miss CU Lions games during the fall at Wien Stadium.

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