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

I would advise students going through the college application process to trust themselves. I remember when I was applying to schools that everyone had a strong opinion: my parents' friends, my teachers, even my hairdresser. Ultimately, you know best what is right for you. Listen to what people are saying, but if you have a gut feeling that you know what you want, it's okay to ignore everyone else and follow your dreams.”

Columbia is amazing! Don’t worry about fitting in here because even if you stand out, you will find a community.”