Supplementary Materials

We encourage you to convey the breadth and depth of your extra-curricular pursuits within the Activities section of your admission application, including the full name of each organization in which you participate and, if appropriate, a brief description of your involvement. While we request that the volume of supplementary credentials be kept to a minimum, there may be occasions where such credentials provide valuable information that the standard application does not. If you plan to submit supplementary credentials, please follow the instructions below. Please note that supplements are not a required part of our admissions process.

We specifically ask that you do not send collections of awards or certificates, and we explicitly direct that you refrain from submitting or mailing any type of supplementary materials in binders or folders. Do not send CDs, DVDs or hard copies of any materials, as they will not be reviewed. 

If you feel it is necessary to provide additional information, you may submit a PDF of your resume as part of the Columbia Writing Supplement to the Common Application or in the Supplementary Materials section on the Columbia First-Year Application, where we allow for the submission of professional resumes. Should you wish to share samples of your work that may be viewed online, clearly indicate the relevant links in the Additional Information section of your admission application. 

Finally, please be advised that while we welcome the submission of such credentials, we can provide no guarantee that all materials will be reviewed or evaluated, as they are not required for the admission process.

Early Decision applicants must submit their supplements by November 1 and Regular Decision applicants must submit their supplements by January 1.

Science and Engineering

If you have been involved in scientific research and you are interested in studying engineering or the sciences at Columbia, you are welcome to provide a one or two page scientific abstract or a letter of recommendation from your research mentor for our review as a supplement to your application. You may upload your abstract in the Columbia Writing Supplement to the Common Application or in the Application section on the Columbia First-Year Application. Your research mentor can send the letter via e-mail to ugrad-confirm@columbia.edu, via fax to 212-854-3393, or via mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Creative and Performing Arts

Musical Performance, Visual Arts, and Dance

Students who wish to submit supplements in these fields should indicate their intention to submit a supplement on their application. On the Common Application, please indicate your intention to submit an arts supplement in Columbia’s member questions; you will then be provided a link to begin your supplement. Students using the Columbia First-Year Application should indicate their intention to submit a SlideRoom supplement in the Supplementary Materials section of the application; you will then be provided a link to begin your supplement.

Music

Audio materials will be accepted as .mp3 files. Composition scores may be submitted as .pdf files. A processing fee of $5 will be required at the time of submission. SlideRoom fee waivers are automatically provided for all applicants receiving a Common Application fee waiver. Students who qualify for a fee waiver for the Columbia First-Year Application may request a SlideRoom fee waiver by e-mailing ugrad-slideroom@columbia.edu.

We ask that students select two works contrasting in period and tempo, and choose from one of three possible types of submissions:

  • orchestral instruments (specify instrument);
  • jazz (specify instrument or composition);
  • piano, voice, non-orchestral instruments (e.g. classical guitar) or composition (score or recording of score).

We require that students also list the composer, title of the work and movement title or opus number. The total length of recordings should not exceed 20 minutes and should not include any biographical or introductory material.

Students may submit two music supplements only when their talent is equally impressive in two different areas within music performance or composition. 

Live auditions are not part of the admissions process, but auditions for private lessons and selective ensembles are held for enrolled students at the start of each academic year.

Columbia College candidates applying to the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange should submit materials so that Columbia faculty may assess their talent and potential.

Visual Arts

Digital images will be accepted as .jpg, .gif or .png files, up to 5 MB each. Students submitting a visual arts supplement should select up to 20 digital images that highlight the best work in their portfolio. Live portfolio reviews are not part of the admissions process. 

A processing fee of $10 will be required at the time of submission. SlideRoom fee waivers are automatically provided for all applicants receiving a Common Application fee waiver. Students who qualify for a fee waiver for the Columbia First-Year Application may request a SlideRoom fee waiver by e-mailing ugrad-slideroom@columbia.edu.

Dance

Videos of dance accomplishments will be accepted as .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg or .mkv file, no more than 250MB and between four and six minutes in length. We require that students also list their name, title of the piece, choreographer, composer/music title, and place and date of performance. Students should also submit a professional resume listing their dance achievements in addition to a video.

Live auditions are not part of the admissions process, but auditions for various dance troupes are held for enrolled students at the start of each academic year.

A processing fee of $10 will be required at the time of submission. SlideRoom fee waivers are automatically provided for all applicants receiving a Common Application fee waiver. Students who qualify for a fee waiver for the Columbia First-Year Application may request a SlideRoom fee waiver by e-mailing ugrad-slideroom@columbia.edu.

Architecture, Creative Writing, Drama and Theatre Arts and Film

Applicants may upload professional resumes that list artistic achievement in the Columbia Writing Supplement to the Common Application or in the Supplementary Materials section on the Columbia First-Year Application. There is no need to create a SlideRoom profile. 

Advice from Students

It is important to find the college that best suits you, academically and socially. You should try and figure out what you are looking for, and what different schools have to offer (size, setting, majors available, student-faculty ratio, emphasis given to undergraduate education, and so forth). Although it seems daunting trying to find your home for the next four years, anywhere you go there will be some positives and negatives, it’s all about finding the place that has the most positives for you.”

Check out the actual academic departments you are interested in. You may find that departments under the same name at different universities do very different kinds of work. ”