Columbia College is the oldest undergraduate college of Columbia University, situated on the university's main campus in Morningside Heights in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It was founded by the Church of England in 1754 as King's College, receiving a royal charter from King George II of Great Britain. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. As of 2020, Columbia is ranked as the third best college in the United States by U.S. News and World Report after only Princeton and Harvard and is one of the most prestigious in the world.
The college is distinctive for its comprehensive Core Curriculum and is among the most selective colleges in its admissions. The college has produced many distinguished alumni, including high-ranking politicians, renowned scholars, and business leaders.