Application Instructions

Please review the application instructions below carefully before beginning an application. If candidates are unable to apply through the Common Application due to technical challenges, the Columbia First-Year Application may be used as an alternative. Applicants must submit only one complete application.

Please also be sure to review What Does Columbia Look For in a Candidate?

The following are required components of a complete application:

  • Secondary School Report
    • An official high school transcript from all high schools attended
    • One high school counselor’s recommendation and school profile
    • The completed Mid-Year Report
    • Note: Students using the Columbia First-Year Application should notify their school counselor as soon as possible.
  • Required Standardized Testing
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Test scores (for Engineering applicants, Math 1 or 2 and Biology, Physics or Chemistry) or the ACT Assessment with Writing
    • The appropriate SAT code is 2116 and the appropriate ACT code is 2717
    • English proficiency examination score (if necessary)
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
    • These recommendations must come from teachers who taught you in academic disciplines
    • For engineering applicants, one must come from a math or science teacher

Additional components of the application which may make it complete:

Please note that Columbia reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.

Advice from Students

As an international student, I must encourage students from abroad to come to Columbia to pursue their academic goals. Situated in New York City, it is a great place to not only learn about American culture but also to find other international peers.”

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