Applications & Admission Process

We greatly appreciate your interest in Columbia University. Columbia University comprises three undergraduate colleges and one close affiliate. Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are both served by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The School of General Studies (GS) is Columbia’s college for returning and nontraditional students. GS is also home to the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po. It maintains a separate admissions and application process. Barnard College, the independent women’s college affiliated with Columbia, also has an entirely separate admissions and application process.

The admissions process at Columbia is broad-based but highly selective. The Admissions Committee employs a holistic admission process in which every single application is given a thorough review, and there is positively no minimum grade point average, class rank, or SAT/ACT score one must obtain in order to secure admission to Columbia.

Please review our website to learn more, and please contact us or visit us if you have further questions.


Online document tracking for Transfer applicants is no longer available. Admissions decisions will be released to transfer candidates no later than the end of May.

If you are considering applying Regular Decision to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering, please note that we are extending our deadline for applications and all supporting credentials to 11:59 p.m. (your local time), Monday, January 6, given the challenges some applicants have experienced with the Common Application

Regular Decision applications to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are due January 1, 2014. Candidates can apply through the Common Application or the Columbia First-Year Application. Read more

Online document tracking for Early Decision First-Year applicants is no longer available. Online document tracking will be available from February 10, 2014 until March 21, 2014 for Regular Decision applicants. More information