Completed in 1907, Hamilton Hall is another of Columbia's historic buildings designed by the highly regarded McKim, Mead and White architectural firm. The building serves as the home to Columbia College, the main undergraduate college at the university. The college prides itself on its long-standing yet ever-evolving Core Curriculum in which beginning students grapple with big questions in small seminars. The Core Curriculum creates a shared intellectual experience for all of the college's students through six required courses: Contemporary Civilization, Literature Humanities, University Writing, Art Humanities, Music Humanities and Frontiers of Science. Your can learn more about the program on Columbia's Core Curriculum homepage.
Although Columbia University is a large research institution in a bustling urban environment, the school has embraced the types of small classes and close interactions with the faculty that are more common at a liberal arts college. Columbia College has an impressive 7 to 1 student / faculty ratio (3 to 1 in the physical sciences), and roughly 94% of students graduate in four years. Learn more on the "About the College" page on Columbia's website.