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Facts and Figures

2017 - 2018


  • 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 Herbert and Florence 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.
  • The school 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).


  • There are 69 full-time faculty members and 65 part-time.
  • Fourteen faculty members are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Seventeen faculty members are Fellows of the New York Academy of Medicine.
  • Five faculty members are members of the Institute of Medicine.


  • The average age of accepted students is 30. Students range in age from 21-63.
  • Forty-five percent of the student body is comprised of ethnic and racial minorities.
  • The first time pass rate for Columbia School of Nursing students for the National Council Licensure Exam is 94%. (The national first time student pass rate is 87% and the New York State first time student pass rate is 85%).