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Our Mission

As a leader in graduate nursing education for more than a century, Columbia University School of Nursing prepares expert nurse clinicians, researchers, and educators to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in the United States and around the world.


Our emphases on clinical practice, the creation of new knowledge, and leadership in health policy place Columbia Nursing at the forefront of nursing excellence.

2016 Facts and Figures

  • 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.
  • Nearly 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 Medical Center, which also includes the 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 27. Students range in age from 21-65.
  • Forty-two percent of the student body is comprised of ethnic and racial minorities.
  • Our students bring their diverse backgrounds with them into nursing. Former professions of Columbia Nursing students have included: finance, business, law, law enforcement, the arts, peace corps, architecture, engineering, armed services, and more.