First-Year Admission

We look forward to getting to know you through your application. Be sure to read all contents in this First-Year Admission section as well as the Application Instructions carefully before beginning an application.

Columbia accepts the Common Application and the Columbia First-Year Application; all first-year candidates must apply online.

We accept applications for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, undergraduate divisions of Columbia University; both serve full-time students only. Potential applicants to Columbia College who have taken a break of more than a year in their educations (with the exception of those in mandatory military service) should consider instead Columbia University School of General Studies; the same is true for all students who wish to attend a part-time program because of personal or professional reasons.

Students interested in pursuing a transatlantic undergraduate educational experience could consider the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po.

Application Requirements

Other Programs 

  • Columbia-Juilliard Exchange
    Columbia College partners with The Juilliard School for two programs. Find out more about the programs and applying to the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange.
  • Early Decision
    Columbia offers both Regular Decision and Early Decision. Find out more about the binding Early Decision program.
  • Home-Schooled Students
    Find out more information on applying and admissions requirements for home-schooled students.
  • International Students
    Find out more information on applying and admissions requirements for international students.
  • Questbridge Students
    Columbia has a partnership with QuestBridge. Find out more information on applying and admissions requirements as a QuestBridge scholar.

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Advice from Students

Visit the colleges you’re considering, if you can. I was considering a college near home, but once I stepped on campus, I found out I was allergic to the trees there – an important aspect I would have overlooked had I not visited!”

Get to know each school you’re considering inside and out – this includes academics, the student body, the location of the school, and the “vibe” on campus. Interact with the institution – reach the materials, speak with admissions officers, meet with students, and try to visit campus. Do anything you can do to determine if the atmosphere is one in which you can be successful and enjoy your college experience.”