Columbia University is a private Ivy League university founded in 1754, located in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Its notable alumni include world leaders, actors and billionaires, including President Obama, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Warren Buffet. It is known for its strong curriculum, especially the Core Curriculum, which encourages its 8000+ undergrads to think and integrate issues in terms of the basics and the world as a whole. It also has lectures, seminars, The Arts Initiative and an individually cultivated but vibrant social scene. The atmosphere is formidably intellectual, as the student body is diverse, forthright and likely to consist of future world leaders. There are plenty of clubs, parties and events on campus, and even more opportunities for interpersonal and professional growth outside campus. It’s a university that has New York City as its backdrop, further stimulating independence in thought and action against a multiplicity of cultures.