Columbia University Club of New York

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Columbia University Club of New York
Columbia University Club of New York seal.png
Formation 1901 (1901)
Type University alumni club
Area served
New York metropolitan area

The Columbia University Club of New York is a private university alumni club that extends membership to all graduates (and their families) of all the schools and affiliates of Columbia University, as well as Columbia undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty[1] and administrators. The Club has more than 2,500 Columbia members representing all the schools and affiliates of Columbia University.

Members benefit from numerous business and professional opportunities,[2] lectures and social events, and use of the Penn Club of New York City in Midtown Manhattan, which contains a lounge, business center, library, bar, formal and casual dining rooms, conference and meeting rooms, event rooms, overnight guestrooms, a complete athletic facility, and reciprocal use[3] of various clubs throughout the world.

Annual dinner to the retiring governors of the Columbia University Club. April 24, 1928.


The Columbia University Club was founded in 1901 by recent graduates of Columbia University.[4] The Club had 1,000 members in 1910 and moved to a large clubhouse in Gramercy Park until 1915, when it moved to 4 West 43rd St. It remained there until 1973, when, in need of capital, it sold the building to the Unification Church of Rev. Sun Myung Moon. It subsequently entered into agreements for its members to use first the Women's National Republican Club and then the Williams Club, the Princeton Club of New York, before partnering with the Penn Club in 2017.[5] Due to renewed interest in the Club from Columbia University’s alumni, the Club has experienced significant growth in recent years. As of December 2005, it has over 2,500 members.[6]

Affiliation with Penn Club[edit]

As of March, 2017, the Columbia University Club operates under an affiliation agreement with the Penn Club, which allows the Columbia University Club to reside and maintain operations at the Penn Club and allows its members full use of the Penn Club's facilities. The Columbia University Club is administered by its Board of Governors and maintains its own administrative committees, which are separate and distinct from the administration of the Penn Club.


Membership at the Columbia University Club is open to all alumni (and their families) of all the schools and affiliates of Columbia University, as well as undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and administrators.

Notable members have included:

  • Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University (2002), President of the University of Michigan, Provost of Dartmouth College, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, named defendant in U.S. Supreme Court affirmative action cases Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger
  • Nicholas Murray Butler, Columbia University president (1902-1945), Republican presidential candidate, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower, Columbia University president (1948-1953), United States president (1953-1961)
  • Frank Hogan, district attorney of New York County (1924)
  • Jack Kerouac, famous beat poet (1950)
  • William Barclay Parsons, chief engineer of the New York City subway (1879)
  • George Rupp, Columbia University president (1993-2002)
  • David Stern, NBA commissioner (1984–2014)

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Eduard Lindeman, "Wealth & Culture", Transaction Books, (1988)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-02. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  4. ^ "A History of Columbia University", Columbia University Press (1904)
  5. ^
  6. ^

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