Of the American billionaires listed on Forbes list of billionaires, Columbia University ranks number 5 in terms of the number of billionaires it has produced.
Columbia University is a private university in the United States and a member of the prestigious Ivy League.
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Columbia's main campus is situated in Morningside Heights in Manhattan, New York City.
The institution was established as King's College by the Church of England, receiving a Royal Charter in 1754 from King George II of England.
Columbia is one of only two universities in the United States to have been founded by royal charter, and it was the only college established in the Province of New York.
It was the fifth college established in the Thirteen Colonies. After the American Revolutionary War, it was briefly chartered as a New York State entity from 1784-1787.
The university now operates under a 1787 charter and is placed under a private board of trustees.
Each year Columbia grants the prestigious Pulitzer Prizes, and Columbia is affiliated with more Nobel Prize winners than any other university in the world.
Columbia University Rankings
The undergraduate school of Columbia University is ranked 8th (tied with University of Chicago and Duke University) in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report (USNWR).
It is ranked 7th among world universities and 6th among universities in the Americas by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 9th by Forbes, 2nd in Internet Media Buzz by the Global Language Monitor, 10th in the top 50 for Social Sciences, 10th among world universities and 6th in North America by the THES - QS World University Rankings.
It is ranked 10th in the world by Newsweek, and 1st in the U.S. among both national research universities by the Center for Measuring University Performance.
According to the National Research Council, graduate programs are ranked 8th in the U.S.
According to the U.S. News & World Report, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, home to the Pulitzer Prize, ranks #1. Columbia's Teachers College (Columbia's Graduate School of Education) ranks #4. Its School of Social Work ranks #4. Columbia Law School ranks #4. The Mailman School of Public Health ranks #6. Columbia's medical school, called the College of Physicians and Surgeons, ranks #10.
The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) ranks #3, according to Architect magazine.
Columbia Business School ranks #2 according to The Financial Times, and #6 according to Fortune Magazine.
According to Foreign Policy magazine, the School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) PhD program (overall) in international relations is ranked #2, and the Master's program (policy area) is ranked #5.
Finally, Columbia's Institute of Human Nutrition ranks #1, according to The Chronicle for Higher Education.
Famous graduates of Columbia University include three U.S. Presidents, nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the U.S. and 39 Nobel Prize winners.
Alumni also have received more than 20 National Book Awards and 95 Pulitzer Prizes.
Four U.S. Poet Laureates are graduates of Columbia.
At present, three U.S. Senators and 16 current CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are Columbia graduates.
Alumni have founded or have been the president of more than fifty-five universities and colleges in the U.S. and the world.
The man named the richest man in the world by Forbes in 2008, Warren Buffett is a graduate of Columbia University.
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