Columbia University

Illuminating Columbia's Future Priorities

See a glimpse of the University's path forward.
  • Building a Forum

    The Forum, which will be constructed on the University’s new campus in Manhattanville and serve as an academic hub that fosters collaboration, will feature a 400-plus-seat auditorium and state-of-the-art seminar and meeting rooms.

  • Improving Self-Care

    In social work settings, personal electronics can aid recovery from mental health and health conditions. The School of Social Work will improve self-care by recruiting faculty with expertise at the intersection of prevention/self-care and assistive electronic technology.

  • Using Technology to Prepare Students

    In response to the decreasing capacity of social service agencies to provide field education, the School of Social Work will invest in technological alternatives to ensure the highest levels of practice mastery by students.

  • Responding to a Reordered Global Community

    To approach social issues within a more culturally dynamic context, the School of Social Work will recruit outstanding global scholars who are knowledgeable about the social conditions within nations and regions that are becoming dominant in the world community.

  • Extending Our Reach

    The School of International and Public Affairs will develop expertise in emerging fields – such as global urban policy, cyber security, and technology policy – by recruiting top faculty and practitioners and strengthening existing programs and centers.

  • Enriching the Experience

    The School of International and Public Affairs will improve the student experience by increasing its financial aid offerings and upgrading common areas.

  • Arts for All Columbians

    The Arts Initiative will continue to raise funds to support programs that make the arts integral to every Columbian’s experience.

  • Bringing Incredible Acts to Campus

    Miller Theatre will seek continued support for its innovative and critically-acclaimed performing arts programming, featuring dozens of performances on campus each year.

  • Programming for Lenfest Center for the Arts

    The School of the Arts will raise funds for programming for the new Lenfest Center for the Arts, opening on the Manhattanville campus. The Center will include Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, a flexible performance space, and presentation space for readings, symposia, and seminars.

  • Educating Top Emerging Artists

    The School of the Arts will deepen support for fellowships in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, lessening artists’ financial burden and positioning them for success in their fields.

  • Building Healthier Communities

    Mailman will invest in evidence-based public health – with an emphasis on modeling, big data, and systems science – in order to understand the health needs of communities, articulate interventions and health programs that have the largest return on investment, and develop the tools to evaluate their results.

  • Motor Neuron Center

    Columbia’s Motor Neuron Center will facilitate the speedy transfer of research and preclinical findings to patients in the hope of finding effective therapies for diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  • Center for Translational Immunology

    Studies conducted at the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology will work toward dramatically altering the course of autoimmune research and improving the lives of patients suffering from diseases such as type-1 diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

  • Innovations in Transplantation

    Drs. Megan Sykes and Tomoaki Kato will pioneer a new technique of combined organ and bone marrow transplantation that induces the immune system to tolerate transplanted organs, avoiding the need for life-long immunosuppressive drugs.

  • Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative

    Fostering collaboration and innovation across disciplines, the Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative, will develop more effective courses of treatment for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological and neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Columbia Stem Cell Initiative

    The Columbia Stem Cell Initiative brings together investigators from across the University who will uncover the origins and mechanisms of diseases and use that knowledge to develop cures and preventions for human illness.

  • The Power of Personalized Medicine

    Personalized medicine harnesses the power of genetic information to individualize prevention and treatment. The College of Physicians and Surgeons will work toward bringing personalized medicine to Columbia, capitalizing on our expertise in genetics and genomics, systems biology, and information technology.

  • A Global Reach for Nursing

    Collaborating with Columbia Global Centers, Nursing’s Office of Global Initiatives will engage nursing leadership around the world to identify and address global health disparities and contribute to the improvement of health through service, practice, education, and research.

  • A Global Reach for Nursing

    Collaborating with Columbia Global Centers, Nursing’s Office of Global Initiatives will engage nursing leadership around the world to identify and address global health disparities and contribute to the improvement of health through service, practice, education, and research.

  • Curriculum Enhancement

    On the cutting edge of evidence-based practice, scholarship, and creative teaching methodology that utilizes technology and clinical experience, Columbia Nursing continues to innovate its curriculum, ensuring a high-quality education in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

  • A New Home for Nursing

    Designed by architecture firm FXFOWLE, the School of Nursing’s new home will provide the space to ensure the highest standards of learning and research and foster an environment in which education, collaborative research, and clinical distinction flourish.

  • CAA: The Next Five Years

    The Columbia Alumni Association’s five-year plan focuses on growing lifelong intellectual connections, cultivating leadership among alumni, increasing opportunities for programming and for connecting alumni, and growing the CAA’s worldwide network from 111 to 300 groups.

  • Worldwide Classroom

    Columbia Global Centers will expand network-wide programs to leverage the strength of the University’s eight centers on four continents and ensure that Columbia students have access to a range of programs, courses, research, and additional opportunities through the network.

  • Scholarship Abroad

    Columbia Global Centers will continue to expand upon opportunities for faculty to embark upon research internationally, broadening the University’s impact around the global while strengthening scholarship at home.

  • Global Policy Initiative

    Columbia will launch a Global Policy Initiative in order to study and inform policy related to some of the world's biggest challenges, including poverty, climate change, conflict, and the availability of energy.

  • Global Freedoms

    The Global Freedom of Expression and Information Project will invite experts, activists, faculty, and students to survey how different countries handle freedom of speech and information, establishing a foundation to understand differences and possibilities for common ground.

  • Recruiting Faculty

    No fewer than 65 principal investigators, presiding over state-of-the-art laboratories at the Greene Science Center, will power the Zuckerman Institute. Endowed faculty chairs, graduate fellowships, and postdoctoral fellowships will support their recruitment and retention.

  • Driving Brain Research

    The Zuckerman Institute will focus on a variety of research initiatives including: addiction and reward; affective disorders; brain imaging; brain viability; cortex and cognition; decision-making; language and communication; learning and memory; movement control; neurotheory; and sensory perception.

  • Forging an Interdisciplinary Network

    The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute will bring together 1,000 scientists, forming a hub for an even larger collaborative network of academics across disciplines – including the arts, economics, business, law, and medicine – and across Columbia’s campuses.

  • Scholarships for Students

    Offsetting the cost of a journalism education at Columbia University through a robust student scholarship program will remain a top priority for Columbia Journalism School.

  • Postgraduate Fellowships

    Columbia Journalism School is seeking funding for postgraduate fellowships that will give recent graduates opportunities to work on exciting journalism projects.

  • Data and Digital Journalism

    Columbia Journalism School, known for its leadership in the field including through its Tow Center for Digital Journalism and Brown Institute for Media Innovation, will raise funds for transformational programs that will prepare its graduates to tell stories in innovative ways.

  • Strengthening Ties

    The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will strengthen ties between its more than 25 departments and programs – and its alumni network – by creating innovative opportunities for collaboration.

  • Student Enrichment

    The Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences will significantly increase the number of fellowships, childcare stipends, and funds for travel offered to students. The Graduate Student Center will enrich their experience outside the classroom, providing the opportunity for students across disciplines to interact. 

  • A New PhD Program

    The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the first to offer a master’s in historic preservation, will continue its leadership in the field by establishing the first PhD in historic preservation at an American institution.

  • Endowed Travel Program

    The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will work to endow a travel fund that will provide an opportunity for all students to travel to study the built environment in a foreign country – a critical ingredient in an architecture, planning, and preservation education.

  • International Initiatives

    Supporting the pioneering spirit of its students, the School of General Studies will continue to strengthen and develop international partnerships – like its dual-degree program offered jointly with Sciences Po in Paris – focusing on Europe, South America, and Africa.

  • A Home for Students

    The School of General Studies will expand upon housing offered to students in order to maintain the quality and diversity of its student body and to continue to be the school of choice for nontraditional students seeking a world-class education.

  • Veteran Students Initiative

    The School of General Studies will establish a sustainable pool of resources to maintain a stable community of veteran scholars today and in the future, ensuring that the dream of a Columbia education will continue to be a reality for our country’s military veterans.

  • Attracting Young Engineers

    Engineering will broaden its undergraduate scholarship endowment significantly to perpetuate the school’s need-blind financial aid policies and enable students of all means to access a top-flight engineering education.

  • Attracting the World's Top Graduate Students

    Engineering will broaden its undergraduate scholarship endowment significantly to perpetuate the school’s need-blind financial aid policies and enable students of all means to access a top-flight engineering education.

  • Expanding Space

    Engineering will undertake strategic renovations to reclaim under-used space and expand interactive space for student engagement and collaboration.

  • Investing in Big Ideas

    Engineering will make an unprecedented investment in the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering and in nanoscience initiatives by endowing senior and junior faculty positions and providing space for world-class researchers to execute their vision.

  • Sustainable Development

    The Earth Institute will generate support for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network secretariat – a United Nations mandate that mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales.

  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

    The Earth Institute will seek support for faculty, research, and projects in five key areas at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory – extreme weather and climate, climate and life, earthquakes and faulting, changing ice and coastlines, and real-time earth – to remain at the forefront of earth and ocean sciences.

  • Securing our Foundation

    The Earth Institute will establish an endowment to provide a foundational source of funds to fuel and sustain institute-wide research and administrative activities.

  • Increasing Collaboration

    The College of Dental Medicine will create additional opportunities for collaboration and integration within the Columbia University Medical Center and the University.

  • Educating Leaders in Dentistry

    The College of Dental Medicine will provide greater research-intensive opportunities, embrace new technologies, and develop personalized educational experiences to ensure our students are primed to become the leaders of tomorrow.

  • Supporting our Faculty

    Columbia College will support departments in the teaching of undergraduates through endowed professorships and improved faculty facilities, including classrooms, offices, and laboratories.

  • Supporting our Students

    Columbia College will continue to support students, with the help of generous alumni and friends, so that we can continue to bring the best students to Columbia, regardless of their ability to pay for the experience, and provide the greatest undergraduate experience for students while they are here.

  • Expanding College Walk

    Columbia College will enhance the student experience by providing at least one funded research, internship, or study abroad summer experience for every student and increasing opportunities for study, internships, and research experiences around the globe.

  • Enhancing the Core

    Columbia College will strengthen its renowned Core Curriculum by providing funding for faculty teaching in the Core and visiting professorships for their departments, as well as better integrating Core courses, increasing the use of technology to expand the classroom in space and time, and providing more opportunities for lifelong learning.

  • Building Connections

    Columbia College will continue to build lifelong connections for current and former students by pairing every student with an alumni mentor and providing opportunities for alumni to remain engaged by strengthening the alumni network, increasing volunteer opportunities, and providing opportunities for intellectual involvement with Columbia.

  • Enhancing Entrepreneurship

    The entrepreneurial mindset is about identifying, valuing, and capturing opportunities. Columbia Business School will enhance initiatives in this area, including increasing cross-University collaborations, for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Support for Students

    For generations, Columbia Business School has educated leaders in business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Offering enhanced financial aid packages will ensure that talented students can choose Columbia free from financial constraints.

  • New Home in Manhattanville

    Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE, Columbia Business School’s new facilities will reflect the fast-paced, high-tech, highly social character of business in the 21st century and allow us to continue to train future leaders in today’s dynamic global environment.

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities

    After the transformation of the Baker Athletics Complex, which included the addition of the Campbell Sports Center, Columbia will renovate existing athletic facilities, including the Dick Savitt Tennis Center and Dodge Fitness Center, and plan for the construction of a new boat house.

  • Recruiting Superior Student-Athletes

    The Fund for Excellence will allow us to continue to offer enrichment programs – like the Championship Performance Initiative – that support and develop student-athletes in both body and mind and bring exceptional athletic talent to Columbia.

  • Coach Recruitment and Retention

    Our location in New York City provides unique challenges, including cost of living, which affect our ability to recruit and retain top coaches. Initiatives around coach recruitment and retention will offer competitive compensation and improved services that will help attract top coaches.

  • Adding Endowed Professorships

    Excellence in teaching and research is determined not only by an individual’s work but also by the community of top faculty working together. More endowed professorships will renew and enhance our outstanding Arts and Sciences departments.

  • Columbia Science Initiative

    Over the next decade, Columbia Science will pursue six major themes that reflect promising areas of investigation – molecular architectures, life, origins, mind brain behavior, data sciences, and earth – enhancing faculty and student research.