Combined Plan Program Admissions

Students can apply for the Combined Plan program in their junior (3-2 program) or senior (4-2) year of undergraduate study. High school students do not apply until they are enrolled in an undergraduate institution and should contact their prospective institution(s) for more information. Students who attend affiliated liberal arts schools will receive priority in admission review.

Please contact the Columbia Engineering Graduate Student Services office for more information about graduate programs in engineering.

To see if the Combined Plan program is for you, learn more about Engineering at Columbia and the Combined Plan Experience.

Requirements for Admission

Candidates who began at an affiliate school between Fall 2011 and Fall 2015:

To be eligible for guaranteed admission, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Full-time enrollment at an affiliated school for at least the past two years
  2. An overall GPA in accordance with the agreement that your institution has reached with Columbia. For students attending affiliates with agreements prior to 2017, an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher is required. For students attending affiliates with agreements in 2017 or later, a GPA of 3.50 is required. To determine when your institution's agreement was updated, please see the list of affiliate colleges.
  3. A pre-engineering GPA of 3.30 or higher, as calculated by Columbia. Additionally, the minimum grade for each pre-engineering science or math course must be a B (3.0) or better on the first attempt.
  4. Three favorable recommendations: one each from your institution's Combined Plan liaison, math instructor and science instructor
  5. Successful completion, by the end of the spring semester in which you are applying, of the specific prerequisite courses for your intended major as listed in the Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide
  6. Completion (before entering Columbia) of the major and degree requirements prescribed by your home institution for graduation
  7. Demonstration of English language proficiency as listed below
  8. Be in good standing at the member institution. Any student who has previously been placed on academic probation or disciplinary action may apply but will not qualify for guaranteed admission.

In order to be eligible for guaranteed admission, applicants must meet the requirements from the Curriculum Guide that was issued in the fall semester they began college. Students are not subject to the changes made to Curriculum Guides issued in subsequent years. For details, please review the Curriculum Guide that was issued in the year you began college [Fall 2014Fall 2015Fall 2016Fall 2017].  

Candidates who do not meet the requirements for guaranteed admission, or who do not attend an affiliate institution, will be considered under competitive review. This is a holistic process that evaluates a candidate's preparation for Columbia Engineering's curriculum, fit for the university, character and recommendations, among other factors. We strongly recommend that candidates who fall under competitive review take the entire pre-engineering curriculum, as outlined in their curriculum guide, and have a 3.30 or higher overall GPA, although we welcome applications from candidates with overall GPAs above 3.0.

You should confer with the liaison at your school in order to determine which classes fulfill Columbia pre-engineering foundation and major-specific courses.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.

Candidates who began at an affiliate school starting between Fall 2016 and Fall 2018:

To be eligible for guaranteed admission, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Full-time enrollment at an affiliated school for at least the past three years
  2. An overall GPA in accordance with the agreement that your institution has reached with Columbia. For students attending affiliates with agreements prior to 2017, an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher is required. For students attending affiliates with agreements in 2017 or later, a GPA of 3.50 is required. To determine when your institution's agreement was updated, please see the list of affiliate colleges.
  3. A pre-engineering GPA of 3.30 or higher, as calculated by Columbia. Additionally, the minimum grade for each pre-engineering science or math course must be a B (3.0) or better on the first attempt.
  4. Three favorable recommendations: one each from your institution's Combined Plan liaison, math instructor and science instructor
  5. Successful completion, by the end of the spring semester in which you are applying, of the specific prerequisite courses for your intended major as listed in the Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide
  6. Completion (before entering Columbia) of the major and degree requirements prescribed by your home institution for graduation
  7. Demonstration of English language proficiency as listed below
  8. Be in good standing at the member institution. Any student who has previously been placed on academic probation or disciplinary action may apply but will not qualify for guaranteed admission.

In order to be eligible for guaranteed admission, applicants must meet the requirements from the Curriculum Guide that was issued in the fall semester they began college. Students are not subject to the changes made to Curriculum Guides issued in subsequent years. For details, please review the Curriculum Guide that was issued in the year you began college [Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017].  

Candidates who do not meet the requirements for guaranteed admission, or who do not attend an affiliate institution, will be considered under competitive review. This is a holistic process that evaluates a candidate's preparation for Columbia Engineering's curriculum, fit for the university, character and recommendations, among other factors. We strongly recommend that candidates who fall under competitive review take the entire pre-engineering curriculum, as outlined in their curriculum guide, and have a 3.30 or higher overall GPA, although we welcome applications from candidates with overall GPAs above 3.0.

You should confer with the liaison at your school in order to determine which classes fulfill Columbia pre-engineering foundation and major-specific courses.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.

Candidates who began at a non-affiliate institution in Fall 2018 or earlier:

Candidates who do not attend an affiliate institution will be considered under competitive review. This is a holistic process that evaluates a candidate's preparation for Columbia Engineering's curriculum, fit for the university, character and recommendations, among other factors. We strongly recommend that candidates who fall under competitive review take the entire pre-engineering curriculum, as outlined in their curriculum guide, and have a 3.30 or higher overall GPA, although we welcome applications from candidates with overall GPAs above 3.0.

Candidates who began at any institution starting in Fall 2019 or later:

Guaranteed admission is not available for candidates who began college, whether at an affiliate school or not, in Fall 2019 or later. All applicants who began college in Fall 2019 or later will be considered under the competitive review process. This is a holistic process that evaluates a candidate’s preparation for Columbia Engineering’s curriculum, fit for the university, character and recommendations, among other factors.

We strongly recommend that candidates review the following guidelines:

  1. Full-time enrollment at an accredited college or university for at least the past three years

  2. An overall GPA in accordance with the agreement that your institution has reached with Columbia. An overall GPA of 3.30 or higher is highly recommended.

  3. A pre-engineering GPA of 3.30 or higher, as calculated by Columbia. Additionally, the minimum grade for each pre-engineering science or math course must be a B (3.0) or better on the first attempt.

  4. Three favorable recommendations: one each from your institution's Combined Plan liaison, math instructor and science instructor

  5. Successful completion, by the end of the spring semester in which you are applying, of the specific prerequisite courses for your intended major as listed in the Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide

  6. Completion (before entering Columbia) of the major and degree requirements prescribed by your home institution for graduation

  7. Demonstration of English language proficiency as listed below

  8. Confirmation of good standing at the member institution

In order to be competitive for admission, applicants must meet the requirements from the Curriculum Guide that was issued in the fall semester they began college. Students are not subject to the changes made to Curriculum Guides issued in subsequent years. For details, please review the Curriculum Guide that was issued in the year you began college [Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017].  

You should confer with the liaison at your school in order to determine which classes fulfill Columbia pre-engineering foundation and major-specific courses.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

One of the requirements for guaranteed admission to the Combined Plan program is proof of English language proficiency. A candidate whose native language is not English and whose language of instruction in secondary school was not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Candidates must submit an official score report from the testing agency for one of the following English proficiency examinations:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) 
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A minimum score of 7.0 
  • SAT or ACT: A minimum score of 650 on the Critical Reasoning or Writing sections of the old SAT or a minimum score of 29 on the English or Reading sections of the ACT

If test scores have expired, the admissions office will accept a copy of the official score report, submitted by the student and certified by an official from the applicant’s institution, from tests taken within the last five years. Self-reported scores will not be accepted.

If an applicant does not have the required standardized testing, the requirement may be fulfilled by obtaining a grade of B or higher in the prerequisite course equivalent to English Composition (ENGL C1010 University Writing), a foundational prerequisite course as noted in the Combined Plan Curriculum Guide that was issued in the year you began at your home institution [Fall 2014Fall 2015Fall 2016Fall 2017].  

Applicants must take all standardized test examinations no later than February 28, 2019, for consideration for the fall of 2019.

Important Documents

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to our Combined Plan students. Please see our instructions for further information, including how to apply. Deadlines and documents can be found on the Financial Aid website.

The following should also be noted:

  • Columbia awards no merit scholarships; all financial aid is need-based only.
  • The Combined Plan program practices need-blind admission for all students; financial need does not affect one's chances of admission.
  • We do not guarantee that we can meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. 
  • Financial aid for international students is extremely limited.
  • Candidates are not guaranteed the same financial aid package they received at their affiliate schools.

Dates and Deadlines

The Combined Plan application is now closed. The deadline was February 15, 2018. The application for the 2018-2019 application cycle will be available in Fall 2018.

  • December 1, 2018
    Application available online
  • February 15, 2019
    Deadline to submit application materials. However, any requests for late applications may be sent to combinedplan@columbia.edu.
  • March 1, 2019
    Deadline to submit financial aid materials
  • April 2019
    Admissions decisions are released to candidates
  • August 2019
    New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) is held each year for incoming Combined Plan students, and it is a mandatory orientation program. 

Contact

All applications should be completed online. For questions about admission and the application process, please visit our online FAQs. Any additional materials, correspondence, and questions should be sent to combinedplan@columbia.edu

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