Established in 1754 as King’s College on the grounds of Trinity Church in Manhattan, Columbia University is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest in the US. Columbia is organized into twenty schools, including four undergraduate and 16 graduate schools. Several buildings on the Morningside Heights campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Low Memorial Library, a National Historic Landmark and the centerpiece of the campus, is listed for its architectural significance. “The Steps” are a popular meeting area that provides Columbia and Barnard College community with a comfortable outdoor platform and space for informal gatherings, events, and ceremonies.
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