If you are looking for a former student at Columbia University, here are the most popular sources available online.
For additional information, see our selection of websites and documents available online in the Columbia History Resources page.
Here are some additional sources readily available online to help you find information about former Columbia students:
Catalogue of matriculants who have not graduated, 1758-1897. Supplement to the General Catalogue of 1894. New York: Published for the University, 1897.
Association of the Alumni of Columbia College. Alumni Directory, Revised to January 1897. Printed by the Order of the Association, 1897.
Thomas, Milton Halsey. Columbia University Officers and Alumni 1754-1857. Compiled for the Committee on General Catalogue. New York: Columbia University Press, 1936.
Fuld, Leonhard Felix. King's College Alumni. New York, 1913 (biographical sketches, organized by class year, for classes 1758 to 1775, material originally appeared in the Columbia Quarterly.)
The New York School of Social Work, Columbia University. Graduate directory, 1898-1956. New York: International Press, 1956.
If you are looking for a former student at Columbia University, here are the most popular sources. Please note that these are non-circulating materials available only at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) reading room. In order to use the University Archives collections at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML), visitors are required to register their own Special Collections Research Account before their visit and to validate the account in person with government-issued photo identification or Columbia ID card. Once you have created your Special Collections Research Account, you will be able to request the boxes directly from the finding aid or from the CLIO online library catalog record. For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website.
For more information about our complete yearbook holdings, see our Collections Overview description on yearbooks, facebooks and class books. To learn more about how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website. If you have any questions about how to find materials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some additional sources for finding former students. Please note that these are non-circulating materials available only at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) reading room.
In order to use the University Archives collections at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML), visitors are required to register their own Special Collections Research Account before their visit and to validate the account in person with government-issued photo identification or Columbia ID card. Once you have created your Special Collections Research Account, you will be able to request the boxes directly from the finding aid or from the CLIO online library catalog record. For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website.
School of Engineering biographical records, 1926-1927
In 1926 a questionnaire was mailed to all graduates and former students of the engineering schools: School of Mines, Engineering and Chemistry. The questionnaire asked for biographical information and a professional record. The biographical section asked about education (high school, college and professional courses and degrees) and their college record (athletics, publications, societies, class offices). For the professional record, respondents were asked to complete a work history to their current position, including years, character of work, field of work, organization and notable achievements for each entry. About 3,500 questionnaires were sent to graduate and former students and yielded 1,203 replies. The forms are organized alphabetically by the last name of the former engineering student and are bound into 9 volumes. You can request materials directly from the School of Engineering biographical records finding aid: click the check box located on the right for the box(es) you need, and then scroll back to the top of the container list document and click “Submit Request” button in the red-rimmed box at top. This should lead you directly to your Special Collections Research Account to complete the request form. The surveys were compiled into the Schools of Mines, Engineering and Chemistry, Columbia University : alumni catalogue (1928) also available at the University Archives.
Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education records, 1890-2015
This collection includes the Athletic Information Cards, which are sets of index cards with student-athlete information, from the 1940s to the 1990s. Organized roughly by date, each set contains cards with the students' biographical details (hometown, school and class year) and a record of their participation in Columbia Athletics. There are also game rosters and statistics from the 1910s to the 1980s.
Columbia Oral History Archives
The Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) was founded by History professor and journalist Allan Nevins in 1948 and is credited with launching the establishment of oral history archives internationally. At over 15,000 interviews, the Oral History Archives is one of the largest oral history collections in the United States. You can find interviews with individuals who are or were Columbia alumni, faculty and staff in their research guide or use the Oral History Portal to search their collections.
For Employment Verification
Columbia University has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse (703-742-4200) to respond to requests for degree and non-degree verifications for students from 1910 to the present. Clearinghouse is Columbia's contractual third-party vendor for this type of service.
Dates of Attendance and Degree Information
The University Registrar's Office can confirm attendance dates and graduation information via e-mail at email@example.com but are unable to provide information about what classes students took or what grades they received while enrolled at Columbia. Please note that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. 1232g; CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. For living students, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's educational record. For deceased students one usually has to show legal proof of a familial relationship or be the executor of the estate.
Release of Academic Information for Deceased Students
The following requirements protect the confidentiality of academic information upon the death of a former student or alumnus of the university. The Office of the University Registrar will evaluate each request for the release of a transcript or other academic records of a deceased student on the individual merits of that request and reserves the right to deny the request in whole or to release only part of the academic records that are requested. The Office of the University Registrar does not release academic records of deceased students to the news media or for research purposes.
The closest living next-of-kin may submit a written request along with the following notarized documents in English:
If there is no living next-of-kin, academic records may be requested by the executor of the estate or holder of power of attorney for the deceased. A written request along with a notarized copy of the executor statement or power of attorney in English is required. Documents must be mailed to:
Office of the University Registrar
205 Kent Hall, Mail Code 9202
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
If you are looking a former Teachers College student, please contact Sandra Afflick, Assistant Registrar for Operations and Records at Teachers College (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request that the office confirm attendance dates, graduation date, degree earned and the subject area of the degree for the individual.