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.

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

Students who attend affiliated liberal arts schools must meet the requirements listed below to earn guaranteed admission. Students that do not meet the requirements for guaranteed admission or do not attend an affiliated liberal arts school, may still apply.

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

Requirements for Guaranteed Admission

Candidates who began at an affiliate school in fall 2011 or later:

  1. Full-time enrollment at an affiliated school for at least the past two years
  2. An overall and 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.
  3. Three favorable recommendations: one each from your institution’s Combined Plan liaison, math instructor and science instructor
  4. 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
  5. Completion (before entering Columbia) of the major and degree requirements prescribed by your home institution for graduation
  6. Demonstration of English language proficiency as listed below.

Candidates who began at an affiliate school prior to fall 2011:

The above requirements are the same except for #2 and #6. The overall and pre-engineering GPA must be 3.0 or higher, and there are no minimum grades for required courses.

You should touch base 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), on the right-hand side of this page, for more information.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

One of the requirements for guaranteed admission to the Combined Plan program, for students who entered the affiliate in fall 2011 or later, is proof of English language proficiency. A candidate whose native language is not English and whose primary language of instruction has not been English for at least five years 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) is necessary for fulfillment of this requirement.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A minimum score of 7.0 is necessary for fulfillment of this requirement.
  • SAT or ACT: A minimum score of 650 on the Critical Reasoning or Writing sections of the SAT or a minumim score of 29 on the English or Reading sections of the ACT is necessary for fulfillment of this requirement.

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. 

Applicants must take any standardized test examinations no later than February 28, 2016 for consideration for the fall of 2016.

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