Visiting Rio: Top Tips from a Local

Rio is experiencing something of a moment right now, thanks to the Olympics. So, whether you're already in the city, planning a trip post-Olympics, or are just curious about the "cidade maravilhosa" (marvelous city), we asked a Rio local (the Vice President of the Columbia Alumni Club of Rio) to offer her top 10 tips, activities, and must-sees. 

Should you plan to be in Rio in August, be sure to join the Rio Club for a special happy hour at Bar Astor on August 11. Mix, mingle, and celebrate Columbia by the beach. RSVP here.

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2016 Olympics Coverage

The Olympics are finally here! So, we've rounded up the latest Olympic news, insights, and coverage from the Columbia community. Learn about the Columbia athletes who are competing in the games, Columbia Olympians from previous games, health and economic updates coming out of Rio, and much more.


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Our Olympians

Join us for a look celebrating Columbia University's own Olympians, going back over 30 years.  The impressive list includes two siblings who both won silver medals in 2008, the three-time Olympian who took home the gold when she was studying law at Columbia, and this year's Olympians heading to Rio: a student, three alums, and a coach.  


Stay tuned for more about Columbia and the Olympics, including reflections from previous medalists we'll be interviewing and publishing here on The Low Down, and insight into Brazil from the Columbia Club of Rio.

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The New York Times and Columbia

When The New York Times and Columbia University meet, there are a number of interesting things to discover. Two of the most notable institutions residing in the heart of New York City, The Times and Columbia are linked together through the movement of people and the incredible ideas that they carry.

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Hamilton and Jay: Get the Low Down on Columbia's Founding Fathers

Did you know that Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, two of America's Founding Fathers—and half of the "Quartet" behind the adoption of the Constitution—are Columbia alumni? In his book, The Quartet, released last year, Joseph Ellis says the men were responsible for "the most creative and consequential act of political leadership in American history."  

In honor of upcoming Independence Day, here are a few facts about Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

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Columbia's King of the Jungle and the Columbia Alumni Who Crowned Him

You may know that Columbia's lion—a ubiquitous theme seen around campus and the universal emblem of the entire Columbia athletics community, including Barnard—has long been a part of who we are, but you may not know that Columbia alumni played pivotal roles in its history, evolution, and adoption as part of our school identity.  

Here are six facts you may not know about Columbia's king of the jungle, and the Columbia alumni who crowned him. 

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Out of This World: Tim Kopra '13BUS Returns to Earth After Space Mission

Columbia Business School alumnus Tim Kopra '13BUS landed on Earth this weekend after six months on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Meet the 2016 Alumni Medalists


Every year, the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) recognizes alumni for distinguished service of 10 years or more to the University—including its schools, alumni associations, regional Columbia Clubs, and University-wide initiatives. The Medal was first awarded in 1933 and is the highest honor bestowed to alumni by the University.

The medals will be formally awarded at Columbia Commencement. Tune in to watch the live broadcast on May 18. 


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Engineering Alumni Use Lending Startup to Help Fellow Immigrants

Published on Behalf of Rohit Mittal '12SEAS

My co-founder, Priyank Singh '11SEAS, and I graduated from Columbia a few years ago. I did an MS in Operations Research and he did an MS in Computer Science. We both originally moved to the United States from India and, like all international students, we had to figure out a lot of new things, including transportation, culture, and housing.


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Columbia to Cooperstown



Did you know that five Columbia alumni have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?  

With another spring training in the books and baseball season back in the swing of things, we take a look back at the Columbia greats who made it all the way to Cooperstown.

Read on for even more hard-hitting trivia:

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