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The mission of Columbia University School of Nursing is to educate and mentor future generations of expert nurse clinicians and researchers. The schools educational and research programs bring together the resources and unique partnership opportunities available at the Columbia University Medical Center to prepare nurses for leadership positions that improve the health and well-being of patients, families, and communities.

2015-16 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 106 full-time faculty members and 73 part-time.
  • Eight faculty members are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Eleven 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 21-53.
  • Thirty-eight 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 92%. (The national first time student pass rate is 86 % and the New York State first time student pass rate is 86%).