Undocumented Students and DACA

Columbia University is one of the most diverse college campuses nationwide, with a long history of civic engagement, activism and access. With one of the most generous financial aid programs in the nation, Columbia University is committed to removing barriers to college access.

Columbia’s admissions application process is largely the same for all students regardless of their citizenship or country of residence. Please see our Application Instructions for more information on procedures and requirements, and What Does Columbia Look For for more information about how our office reviews applications and distinguishes candidates.

Undocumented students are eligible for the same need-blind admissions policy as US Citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-citizens, which means we evaluate admissions applications without regard to financial need.

Columbia University is committed to meeting 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all students admitted as first-years or transfer students pursuing their first degree, regardless of citizenship status. International students, including undocumented students, are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, so Columbia meets their full need entirely from institutional resources.

Advice from Students

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

Jake O.

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.”