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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; 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 Instructions
Explore the requirements for first-year admission to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering.
- What Does Columbia Look For In a Candidate?
Learn about the holistic evaluation of candidates at Columbia and how the Committee makes decisions.
- Required Standardized Testing
Read details on the standardized tests required for admission, which vary by school and applicant.
- Supplementary Materials
The Committee welcomes supplementary materials in science, engineering and the arts.
Interviews, when available, are conducted by alumni volunteers around the world and are not required for admission to Columbia.
- 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.