Facts and Figures

2018 - 2019


  • Columbia University School of Nursing was established in 1892.
  • Columbia Nursing was the first in the country to award a Master's degree in a clinical nursing specialty in 1956.
  • 13,000 nurses have graduated since Columbia Nursing opened. Graduates hold leadership positions in hospitals, academia, federal agencies, professional organizations and associations, and state and local government.
  • Columbia Nursing is part of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which also includes the Roy and Diana Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the College of Dental Medicine. It is only one of eight schools in the nation associated with a major academic medical center.
  • Columbia Nursing is consistently among the largest recipients of NIH funding on a per capita basis among nursing schools.
  • Columbia Nursing is home to the first graduate university based nurse-midwifery program which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005.
  • Columbia is the only school of nursing designated a Collaborating Center for Advanced Practice Nursing by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The ColumbiaDoctors Nurse Practitioner Group is the faculty practice of Columbia Nursing, which provides primary care services in Midtown Manhattan and Washington Heights.


  • There are 69 full-time faculty members and 103 part-time.
  • Seventeen faculty members are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Sixteen faculty members are Fellows of the New York Academy of Medicine.
  • Five faculty members are members of the Institute of Medicine.


  • There are 705 students enrolled at Columbia Nursing for the fall 2018 semester.
  • The average age of accepted students is 27. Students range in age from 21-71.
  • Fifty-one percent of the student body is comprised of ethnic and racial minorities.
  • The first time pass rate for Columbia Nursing students for the National Council Licensure Exam is 88.5%.