Yes. Standardized tests are required for admission according to the following guidelines. All test scores must be submitted directly to Columbia by the testing agency. Applicants can choose to take either the SAT or the ACT. Please see details below.
The redesigned SAT consists of two sections, each graded on an 800-point scale and the writing portion will be separate. Columbia does not require the optional writing section. You will be evaluated on the highest score you receive in any individual section. If you took the test more than once, you will be evaluated on the highest score you received in any individual section.
If you are applying for Fall 2017 or Fall 2018 admission, results from the redesigned SAT and/or the previous SAT will be accepted. When evaluating applicants, we will consider only the highest testing results reported from one version of the test, not across both versions.
You may alternatively take the ACT, graded on a 36-point scale; if you take the test more than once, you will be evaluated on the highest composite score you receive. Columbia does not require the writing test offered by the ACT.
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Test scores are not required, but Columbia will accept scores from the exams if you choose to submit them. You will not be at a disadvantage should you choose not to take the tests or submit the scores to Columbia.
Finalists must take required testing before or on the SAT and ACT October test dates to be considered for the College Match at Columbia.
Regular Decision applicants may take standardized tests as late as January.
Never utilize the ”rush” service in sending your test scores to Columbia. Doing so does not speed up the processing of your test scores. We secure all testing via a secure website to which we are provided access by the appropriate testing agency.
You must be sure to request that your scores be reported directly to Columbia every time you take a standardized test. The appropriate code for the SAT is 2116 (Columbia College or Columbia Engineering) and for the ACT is 2717.
If you are a QuestBridge Finalist applying to Columbia through the College Match program and the cost of sending your official test scores to Columbia poses a significant financial burden to your family, we can accept unofficial test score reports that are sent directly from a guidance counselor at your school. We can also accept testing submitted by your school counselor if printed on your high school transcript or a copy of the score report.