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International House, 500 Riverside Drive, the home of the Inter-Collegiate
Cosmopolitan Club, is maintained for men and women students from foreign
lands and a limited number of American students. It accommodates 175 women
and 325 men. It contains attractive restaurants and social rooms. Fees for the
academic year range from $185 to $325. Inquiries should be addressed to the
Committee on Admissions, International House, 500 Riverside Drive.


Columbia University maintains a Residence Bureau to protect the students'
interests and to assist students in finding the best accommodations obtainable in
the University neighborhood. There is no charge made for this service. The
Bureau will furnish upon request addresses of rooms which have been inspected.
The University is in no way responsible for any private lodging house. Students
desiring information regarding rooms outside of University Halls should address
the Residence Bureau, Room M, Earl Hall, Columbia University.


The University maintains a dining room for women students in Johnson Hall
and a dining room and a grillroom for men students in John Jay Hall. In addition,
the University maintains the following dining rooms (cafeteria service): the
Commons (men and women), University Hall; Barnard Hall Lunch Room
(women), Barnard Hall; Teachers College Cafeteria (men and women), Grace
Dodge Hall, 121st Street. All these dining rooms are under expert supervision
and furnish wholesome food at moderate rates.

The Columbia University Press Bookstore, located in the basement of Journal-
ism, conducts a soda fountain where light luncheons are served.



The Gymnasium is completely fitted with gymnastic apparatus and contains a
swimming pool, baths, rooms for rowing, fencing, boxing and wrestling, and hand-
ball courts. It is open daily to male students of the University during the aca-
demic year, except on Sundays and legal holidays. Every student is entitled to a
physical examination by the University Medical Officer. On the basis of this
examination, advice is given as to the kind and amount of exercise best adapted
to his needs. Barnard Hall, of Barnard College, and Thompson Hall, of Teachers
College, are thoroughly equipped with physical training facilities for women


Earl Hall was given to Columbia University by the late William Earl Dodge
for the religious and social activities of the students. On the main floor, reached
by the campus entrance, are the offices of the Director of Earl Hall (Men's Resi-
dence Halls Office); the Residence Bureau; the Secretary of Appointments; and
the Meeting Room. On the upper floor are the offices of the Chaplain of the
University and his staff, and also an auditorium seating 400 people which is
available for student receptions and dances. The lower floor, entrance from
Broadway, is occupied by the offices of the University Medical Officer.


The University Medical Officer has direct supervision of all matters affecting
the health of the student body. All cases of illness, especially communicable
diseases, must be promptly reported to him. Absence from classes due to illness
must also be reported to his office. The University Medical Officer, and the mem-
bers of his staff, hold office hours daily in Earl Hall for consultation with students.

Members of the University who need medical attention at home, and who
desire to be advised concerning private physicians, specialists and nursing care,
will receive such information upon applying at the office of the University
Medical Officer.



It has been agreed among all the important state boards of pharmacy in the
United States, with the exception of New York, that the degree of Graduate in
Pharmacy, awarded for a course of less than four years will not be accepted from
graduates matriculating after the year 1932. In certain of the states there is an
additional demand that the college instruction be spread over five days of the
week. It follows that students matriculating in the pharmacy schools of this
state must pursue some other course than the Ph.G. course of three years, if
they wish their diplomas to be recognized in other states. Our University Course
of four years leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (see page
17) is more than equivalent to the four-year course required by other states, as
stated above, our course provides 1056 hours annually of instruction for four
years of 32 weeks each, the work occupying five days of each week.


The one hundred and first annual session of the College of Pharmacy, open to
both men and women, will begin on Monday, September 22, 1930.

In May, 1930, our first graduates of the reorganized and extended three-year
College Course received their diplomas. In the past, our two-year College Course,
while giving thorough instruction in pharmacy, was not considered as of sufficient
scope to be entitled to University standing, and its diplomas were issued by the
College, independently. With the extension of the work to three years, based
on entrance qualifications equivalent to those for admission to Columbia College,
this deficiency is eliminated, and the diplomas of this course will hereafter bear
the University name.


The location of the College is at one of the most readily accessible points in
the city. Within two blocks are stations of the elevated and underground rail-
roads, and the Broadway, Columbus, and Amsterdam Avenue lines connect with
nearly all surface lines in the city. The central buildings of the University are
reached within fifteen minutes from the door of the College.

The College building was erected in 1894, after a study of the principal buildings
of the kind in this country and abroad. So great has been the increase in the
applications for admission that it was found necessary in 1923 to provide greater
accommodations in the form of an additional connecting building.

In its planning, two principal objects were kept in view: first, provision for a
large increase in the membership of the first and second-year classes; second,
greatly increased and improved facilities for the work of the higher classes.



In connection with the latter, extensive provision has been made for research
work, by both Faculty and special students. Our library has also been greatly
improved, the entire lower floor of the new building having been reserved for
its accommodation.


The library is in charge, during College hours, of a trained librarian, who is
ready to offer any assistance desired by readers. It contains the important
works of reference required in the different departments of instruction, and for
the various branches of science taught in the College of Pharmacy. It covers,
indeed, a very broad field in all departments of chemistry, botany, and pharmacy.

Should the resources of the College be insufficient for some special purpose, the
student has recourse to such great library storehouses as the general Library
of Columbia University, on Morningside Heights, libraries of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons, School of Dental and Oral Surgery, the New York
Academy of Medicine, the New York Botanical Garden, and others, and he will
also be able, by special arrangement, to borrow from the great library of the
Surgeon-General's ofifice at Washington.

The library contains an extensive series of periodicals on chemistry, pharmacy,
and botany, with their allied branches. All important journals relating to the
work of the College are regularly received.

During regular College hours the library is accessible not only to officers and
students of the College, but also to the pharmacists of the city. Under certain
regulations, books may be borrowed for outside use, but for obvious reasons
important works of reference and unbound periodicals are not loaned. Library
copies of the textbooks in use by the College may not be removed from the


The Information Bureau conducted by the library staff is designed to furnish
pharmacists with data required in emergencies and not available in the library
of the average drug store. During the past years of operation the Bureau has
met with gratifying success, and it is steadily growing in popularity.

The following paragraphs explain the methods employed in conducting the

1. Telephone inquiries will be answered without charge. Residents of Greater
New York or vicinity wishing to inquire about some pharmaceutical problem
will call up the Information Bureau, Trafalgar 1733, and will receive information
immediately if it is accessible.

2. Non-residents will have their problems answered by mail if they enclose a
self-addressed stamped envelope.

3. Problems requiring extended research will be handled for a fee as moderate
as consistent with high-grade service.

4. Translations of articles from foreign languages, either in full or in abstract,
as well as transcripts of papers appearing in English or American pharmaceutical,
chemical, or botanical periodicals will be prepared for those desiring to pay for
such service.


5. As in the past, all visitors to the library, desiring to do their own research
work, will be given courteous attention.


The Registrar, so far as possible, assists students to secure such positions, in
and about the city, as will not prevent them from regularly attending the College

Any student wishing to secure employment should, upon entering the College,
communicate with the Registrar.

Within easy reach of the College are some three thousand pharmacies, where
students who have had some experience in pharmacy may obtain employment
with salary sufficient to pay the whole or a large part of their expenses while
attending College.


Every candidate for admission to the College of Pharmacy is required to file
with the Registrar of the College a personal application and a transcript of his
high school record, blank forms for which can be had upon application. He
is also required to file an approval of his application for a pharmacy student
qualifying certificate before he can be accepted, and he must secure the apprentice
license before his matriculation can be considered complete.


To be entitled to a pharmacy student qualifying certificate, the applicant
must be at least seventeen years of age, and must have been graduated from an
accredited four-year high school course, or have covered courses acceptable to
the Department of Education as a full equivalent thereof, A high school or
other secondary school course of study will not be considered acceptable unless
the applicant has received the school diploma, and unless his or her record includes

English, four years
Science, two years.
Mathematics, two years.
Foreign language, two years.
History, one year.

Physiology, one-half year (unless the two years of science include biology or general
science) .

Civics, one-half year.

Sufficient electives to make up a full four-year course aggregating 15 units.

The fulfillment of these requirements must be officially guaranteed by a quali-
fying certificate issued by the New York State Department of Education. If
the applicant is entitled to receive the certificate, he will be so notified by letter;
which letter should be presented to the Registrar of the College of Pharmacy.
Blank forms for making application for the certificate may be secured either
from the Registrar's office or from the Department of Education at Albany.



The apprentice license should be applied for when the candidate commences
his experience in a pharmacy or drug store. Those who have had no experience
before entering the pharmacy school, or whose experience has been in a drug store
or pharmacy outside of New York State, will make application for their licenses
through the school during the first week of the course, the Registrar acting as
"preceptor," Blank forms for making application for the apprentice license may
be secured either from the Registrar's office or from the Board of Pharmacy at
Albany, N. Y.


All applicants for admission to any of the courses given must present an accept-
able certificate of health from the candidate's family physician or from the Uni-
versity Medical Officer. In case of doubt an examination by the University
Medical Officer will be required. Appropriate blanks are furnished by the
Registrar of the College.


Two regular courses of study are offered, known respectively as the College
Course and the University Course, and three evening courses in the Departments
of Materia, Medica, Pharmacy, and Chemistry.


This course now comprises three full years of professional work, and is designed
to fit the graduate for meeting the educational requirements of the Boards of
Pharmacy of most of the states. The fundamental idea of this increase in time is
generally accepted as being that of improving the quality of the work done, rather
than of providing a large amount of additional work, this improvement applying
particularly to the practical features of the course. The precise object of a course
leading to the degree of Graduate in Pharmacy being to prepare such graduates
for meeting the conditions of service in a retail pharmacy, the greater portion of
the increased time has been assigned to the Department of Pharmacy, and to
those features of the work of the other departments which are directly contributory
thereto. After a careful study of the requirements, we have concluded that the
time officially assigned for this course is insufficient, and we have added 128 hours
for laboratory work in commercial and dispensing pharmacy.

The accomplishment of the better training that is sought necessarily calls for
the introduction of new topics in the existing syllabi, and we call special atten-
tion to the following items.

We have always regarded a course in materia medica as being incomplete that
did not include instruction in the apparatus, equipment and appliances included
under the title of sick-room supplies, but no opportunity has heretofore offered
for practical instruction of this kind. In our reorganized course, 32 hours are
devoted to explaining and illustrating the nature and use of articles of this class.
Although technically pertaining to the subject of materia media, this instruction
forms an important part of the students' preparation in commercial pharmacy.

Another qualification that we deem requisite for every well-equipped pharma-


cist is a general knowledge of the nature and effects of bacteria in their relations
with pharmacal practice. While we do not regard the conduct of a bacteriological
laboratory as pertaining to the business of the ordinary pharmacist, we regard
as necessary some knowledge of the principles of bacterial decomposition, sterili-
zation and immunization, and 64 hours have been assigned for instruction in those
subjects. While this subject, relating to the activities of plants, pertains tech-
nically to botany, it also has close relations with practical pharmacy.


The Department of Health of the City of New York has placed the Bachelor
of Science in Pharmacy, graduating from this course, in the position of being
eligible to conduct a bacteriological laboratory or to fill similar positions.

The attention of prospective students is directed to the increasing call for grad-
uates of advanced courses, to fill other professional positions. The general appli-
cation of Federal, state, and municipal food and drug laws is creating a demand
for thoroughly trained pharmaceutical inspectors and analysts. The obligations
thus imposed upon manufacturers and merchants must result, and are doing so,
in compelling them to employ scientifically trained assistants for responsible
services which formerly were often left to incompetent and irresponsible em-
ployees. For this field of service the ordinary graduate in pharmacy is wholly

To meet these higher requirements, three-, four- and six- year courses of study,
leading respectively to the degrees of Pharmaceutical Chemist (Ph.Ch.), Bache-
lor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S. in Phar.) and Doctor of Pharmacy have been

In response to inquiries frequently received as to the advantages of the Uni-
versity Course over the College Course, the following synopsis has been prepared:

1. To members of the University Class only are open certain of the University

2. The University Class attends on five days weekly, and the course includes
regular work in academic subjects, conducted by special instructors supplied
by the Dean of the Faculty of Columbia College, this work receiving full credit
from the University toward the baccalaureate degree.

3. For the University Class, the College provides a thorough course of labora-
tory instruction in advanced chemistry, pharmacy, and physics and special
courses in microscopy and bacteriology, consisting of both theoretical and lab-
oratory instruction.

4. Our graduate course, leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, is
open only to graduates of the four-year University Course.

5. Not only are the degrees of Pharmaceutical Chemist and Bachelor of Science
recognized as of higher rank than that of Graduate in Pharmacy, but the three- and
four-year courses for which they are awarded qualify its recipients for many lines
of pharmaceutical work that are not open to graduates from the College Course.


This course, leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, is open to grad-
uates with the baccalaureate degree, conferred by this college or by other schools


of pharmacy maintaining equivalent courses of study. The course consists of
two full years of study in residence. Thirty hours weekly are occupied in research
work in the department representing the major subjects, and three hours weekly
in each of the other two departments. For this session, not more than two stu-
dents will be matriculated in each of the three departments.



To be eligible for admission, the candidate must be at least seventeen years of
age, and must meet the requirements for the pharmacy student qualifying
certificate, as outlined on page 15.


These are courses of full academic years (September to June) leading to grad-
uation with the other departments of the University, and to the degree of Phar-
maceutical Chemist, conferred by the University, at the end of the third year,
and to that of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the end of the fourth. It is to
be noted here that for the session of 1930-1931 a limited number of fourth-year
students can be accommodated.

The requirements for admission to this course are the same as those for Colum-
bia College. The student must be seventeen years of age, must have graduated
from a high school within or outside of the state of New York that is accredited
by the Education Department of this state, and must present a pharmacy student
qualifying certificate from the Education Department of this state, as outlined
on page 15.

Applications for admission to the 1 930-1 931 session of the University Course
should be filed on or before September 11, 1930.

Under this course, two programs are offered, one leading to the degree of Phar-
maceutical Chemist, and one to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.

The evidence of adequate preparation for admission to the University Course
in the subjects required on the part of candidates who have not completed a year
of college work, includes both examination and school records.

The subjects which candidates may offer in fulfillment of these requirements
are outlined below. (A "unit" implies the study of a subject for a time equiva-
lent to five hours weekly for one year.)


All candidates must offer:

( I (grammar and composition) 2 units

English \ 2 (literature) i unit

Iai (algebra to quadratics) i unit

a« (quadratics and beyond) i unit

c (plane geometry) 1 unit


(i) Latini 4 units

I Greek, 3 units, may be substituted for Latin, in which case 6 elective units must be offered.




(Latin, Greek, French, German, Spanish or Italian . . . . 3 1
Physics or chemistry i I 5 units
History i J

Elective Subjects, to make up 15 units 4 or 5 units


Group I

The candidate may offer any of the following subjects not included among
his prescribed subjects, without other restriction than that to ofifer an advanced
subject will involve offering, either at the same time or earlier, the corresponding
elementary subject.

Biology — See Zoology

The English Bible i unit

Elementary Greek 2 or 3 units

Elementary history i or 2 units

Drawing (freehand or mechanical) i unit

Music I unit

Intermediate French i unit

Intermediate German i unit

Intermediate Italian i unit

Intermediate Spanish i unit

Advanced French i unit

Advanced German i unit

Social science i unit

Advanced Spanish i unit

Advanced mathematics (College) >^, i or ij^ units

And in the case of candidates not offering 4 units in Latin:

Elementary Latin 2 or 3 units

Group II

The candidate may ofifer not more than 4 units in all from the four subjects

Elementary French 2 units

Elementary German 2 units

Elementary Italian 2 units

Elementary Spanish 2 units

Group III

The candidate may offer not more than 3 units in all from the six subjects

Botany i unit

Chemistry i unit

Physics I unit

Physiography i unit

Shopwork i unit

Zo51ogy I unit



Under the "new method," candidates whose school and character records
are entirely satisfactory, may meet the examination requirements by means of
a psychological test. The school course must include three units in English,
three in mathematics (elementary and intermediate algebra and plane geom-
etry), and at least three units in a foreign language, ancient or modern. It
must have been concerned primarily with languages, science, mathematics,
and history.


Under the "old method," the examination requirements for admission may
be satisfied by any one of the three following means, or any approved combina-
tion thereof.

r. By the examinations of the College Entrance Board, held in June of each
year at Columbia University and at about 150 other educational centers in the
United States and abroad.

2. By the examinations conducted at Columbia University in September of
each year, by the Director of University Admissions.

(The examination grades in connection with the above two methods are in-
terpreted in the light of the record which students have made in school.)

3. By the examinations given in the high schools by the Education Depart-
ment of the state of New York to students who have satisfactorily completed
certain courses in these high schools. In these examinations, seventy-five per
cent will ordinarily be regarded as the lowest passing mark.

For candidates qualifying for admission on the basis of examinations before
Columbia University or the College Entrance Board, two methods are open:

a. Examination in Fifteen Units. A candidate may offer examinations in
fifteen units as evidence of his preparation in secondary school subjects.

h. Four -Examination Plan. A candidate who has completed a satisfactory
secondary school course with a high degree of proficiency may, by special per-
mission, satisfy the examination requirement by means of "comprehensive
examinations" in not less than four subjects including those prescribed for

Candidates entering by the old method are required to take the psychological
examination for purposes of record only.

Those contemplating the September, 1930 examinations, must file their applica-
tions with the Secretary of Columbia University on or before September 8, 1930.
Those who contemplate taking the June, 193 1 examinations, must file their appli-
cations with the Secretary of the College Entrance Board at 431 West 117th
Street, New York, N. Y., early in May. Blank forms of application for either

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