What is your policy on the submission of supplementary materials (i.e. musical recording, artistic portfolio, science abstract, etc.)?
While we request that the submission of supplementary credentials be kept to a minimum, there may be occasions where such credentials provide information that the standard application does not. As a result, some guidelines are offered below.
If you plan to submit supplementary credentials, please follow the instructions below instead of those in The Common Application Arts Supplement. Applicants should not submit The Common Application Arts Supplement.
Please note that we specifically ask that you do not send collections of award certificates and the like and explicitly direct that you refrain from submitting your application in binders or folders.
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 1-2 page scientific abstract for our review.
Creative and Performing Arts
If you are considering a major or concentration in Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Jazz Studies, Film Studies, Music or Visual Arts, or if you wish to contribute to the creative and performing arts community at Columbia through extracurricular involvement, we welcome supplementary credentials and materials (such as DVDs or CDs, slides or professional resumes) that reflect your artistic ability and commitment. Please follow the directions below to submit the appropriate supplement for the appropriate interest. Note that we are unable to return materials to you.
Students may submit an electronic supplement only via a web portal. Audio materials will be accepted as .mp3 files. Composition scores may be submitted as .pdf files. You will need your Common Application ID number to upload a supplement, and a processing fee of $5 will be required at the time of submission. Applicants who are eligible for a Common Application fee waiver may request that their processing fee be waived by contacting Lindsay Dussing, Senior Admissions Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that musical supplements are not a required part of our admissions process.
Students submitting a music supplement should select two works contrasting in period and tempo. Students will 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 you 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 in rare circumstances 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.
Candidates applying to the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange should still submit materials for Columbia faculty to assess your talent and potential. For more information on this program, please visit the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange webpage in this Admissions section.
Students may submit an electronic supplement only via a web portal. Digital images will be accepted as .jpg, .gif or .png files, up to 5 MB each. You will need your Common Application ID number to upload a supplement, and a processing fee of $10 will be required at the time of submission. Applicants who are eligible for a Common Application fee waiver may request that their processing fee be waived by contacting Lindsay Dussing, Senior Admissions Officer, at email@example.com. Please note that artistic supplements are not a required part of our admissions process.
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.
Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts and Film Studies
Students are welcome to submit professional resumes that list artistic achievement. Please refrain from sending DVDs or hard copies of writing samples, as they will not be reviewed. However, if samples of your work can be viewed online, please clearly indicate the relevant links in the Additional Information section of The Common Application. Finally, please be advised that while we welcome the submission of such credentials-providing they follow the directions outlined above-and we often request that our faculty evaluate submitted supplements, we can provide no guarantee that all materials will be reviewed or evaluated, as they are not required for the admission process.