Yes, first-year candidates admitted to Columbia College under Early Decision may keep their candidacy open for the Exchange. However, successful Early Decision candidates must withdraw their Bachelor of Music candidacy to Juilliard along with candidacy to all other institutions as part of the Early Decision binding agreement.
May I apply Early Decision if I am interested in the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange?
May I apply to both the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange and Juilliard's Bachelor of Music program?
Yes, candidates will need to check the appropriate boxes when applying to Juilliard. However, successful Early Decision candidates must withdraw their Bachelor of Music candidacy to Juilliard, although they may keep their candidacy open for the Exchange.
The SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject tests are not available in my country. May I still apply without these exams?
If you live in a country, such as the People’s Republic of China, in which SAT and SAT Subject Test exams are not available, you are not required to take the exams in order to apply for admission.
May I take the SAT Subject Test in my native language?
The SAT Subject Test in a foreign language is meant to demonstrate your achievement in a language that you have learned in school. You should recognize that if you have native fluency in a language, an SAT Subject Test can be put to better use by showcasing a different academic talent.
Where do students come from?
Students come from all 50 states and over 90 countries. The states sending the greatest number of students are New York, California, New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut. The highest sending international countries are South Korea, Canada, China, India and United Kingdom. Visit our Admissions Statistics page for more detail.
Can students who are non-U.S. citizens get internships or jobs in New York City or on campus?
Students may work part time on campus. There are a number of University offices who hire international students, including the University Libraries and the Columbia University Tutoring and Translation Agency.
Students are also eligible to work part-time during the academic year and full-time during vacation periods for international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, etc. When a student is particularly interested in full-time employment, sectors with foreign offices, larger legal departments or greater financial options often yield the best results. When students with international background do find a job, it is often one that utilizes language skill, global knowledge, and so forth.
Practical training is employment in one’s field of study. Optional Practical Training (OPT) - OPT is defined as “employment related to one’s field of study.”
It offers you valuable opportunities to supplement your education through work experience in your field of study. For more specific information about volunteer or paid work as an undergraduate student at Columbia, please refer to the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) as well as the Center for Career Education (CCE), which also maintains a database for searching for part-time jobs.
Are students required to live on campus?
Can I live on campus during school breaks?
Yes. Continuing students may stay on campus during shorter breaks and apply to stay on campus during summer break through the Columbia University Undergraduate Housing office.
Can I seek off-campus housing?
Housing at Columbia offers a wide variety of living opportunities-from corridor style to apartment style living, from residence halls in the middle of the main quad to those on quiet side streets only five minutes walk to the center of campus. The University-wide Office of Off-Campus Housing Assistance supports all affiliates in seeking non-Columbia owned properties.
How is housing selected for upperclassmen?
Students will enter into a lottery system in order to select their future housing; they may choose to group with friends and live in one of Columbia’s suites, or they may decide to enter into the lottery alone and live in one of Columbia’s many singles. Over 70% of all undergraduate rooms at Columbia are singles.
May I be admitted to both Columbia College and Juilliard for the Bachelor of Music program but not be admitted to Juilliard specifically for the Exchange?
Yes, due to highly selective admissions for the Exchange, it is possible that applicants may only be admitted to Juilliard’s Bachelor of Music degree and not admitted to the Exchange, regardless of admission status at Columbia.
May I reapply to the Exchange as a Columbia College student if I was not initially admitted to as an incoming student?
Yes, a small number of current Columbia College students apply (or reapply) to the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange each academic year and occasionally students are admitted to participate for the following academic year. Once admitted into the Exchange, Columbia College students may continue each eligible academic year pending performance during annual juries.
When will I hear from Juilliard?
Columbia notifies all candidates by mid-December for Early Decision or April 1 for Regular Decision. Juilliard notifies all Exchange candidates regarding admission specifically to the Exchange by April 1. Candidates may hear sooner from Juilliard regarding pre-screening results and live audition dates.
If I am not admitted to Columbia through the Match Process, what kind of financial aid will be offered?
Financial aid at Columbia is need-based. There are no academic, athletic or talent-based institutional scholarships. Columbia meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for all students admitted as first-years, including foreign students, and we continue to meet 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need for all four years of study. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing website. QuestBridge Scholars can anticipate receiving the financial aid outlined in our College Match Scholarship Package.
If I am not named a finalist in the College Match Program, may I apply to Columbia?
Yes. Many QuestBridge students will not participate in the Match Process and will pursue admission to Columbia under our Early Decision or Regular Decision programs. Please explore our general requirements and deadlines for more information.
What if I am a QuestBridge finalist and choose to not follow through with the Match process or if I am not matched with a college or university?
If you have submitted the Common Application and Columbia Supplement as a QuestBridge finalist, you will automatically be considered for Regular Decision admission unless you contact Columbia and withdraw your application or are matched with another college or university. All applicants must submit the Common Application with the Columbia supplement along with their QuestBridge application. We will not accept or review your QuestBridge application in lieu of the Common Application and Supplement. Please note that if you match with a school that has a binding admission offer, you are not eligible for consideration in our Regular Decision process. You must check with your match school to be sure you understand the terms of your match.
Is the Match Process binding?
The National College Match at Columbia University is binding.
How do I apply to Columbia through the QuestBridge National College Match?
You must submit both the Common Application and the Columbia supplement along with your QuestBridge application. If you are a QuestBridge Finalist and applying through the Match Process, you must apply under our Regular Decision program. You can find a detailed list of required documents on the QuestBridge website under the Columbia University College Match Requirements.
How can I afford to send my child to Columbia?
We know that choosing the right college involves a variety of factors, and the cost of the institution and how you will finance your student’s education are extremely important considerations. A student should never decide not to apply to Columbia because they think the cost exceeds their family’s ability to pay. Need-based aid makes it possible for everyone to afford a Columbia education.
Columbia reviews each admitted student’s family’s financial circumstances, determines your financial need, and awards aid to meet a family’s full demonstrated financial need. For many families, Columbia can be as affordable, if not more affordable, than a state-college or university education.
We make every effort to help meet students’ financial needs. In our quest to make Columbia affordable for all students, especially those from low-income and middle-income families, the University implemented the following financial aid enhancements for all incoming and continuing students:
- Columbia eliminated loans for all students receiving financial aid packages, whatever their family income, and replaced them with University grants.
- In an effort to further assist low-income families, parents with calculated total incomes below $60,000 (and typical assets) are not expected to contribute anyof their income or assets to tuition, room, board and mandatory fees.
- Families with calculated incomes between $60,000 and $100,000 (and typical assets) have a significantly reduced parent contribution.
- To support students pursuing study abroad, research, internships and community service opportunities, Columbia offers the opportunity to apply for additional funding and exemptions from academic year and summer work expectations.
These enhancements build on previous financial aid initiatives and a long standing commitment to make Columbia affordable for all admitted students as illustrated by the following facts:
- Columbia meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for all students admitted as first years who applied for financial aid, including foreign students, and we continue to meet your 100% of your demonstrated financial need for all four years of study.
- Columbia has the highest proportion of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants in the Ivy League and among the nation’s most elite private research institutions.
- About half of Columbia undergraduates receive some sort of financial assistance.
- Last year, Columbia committed over $122 million of its resources for grant aid to undergraduate students.
- In 2007 alumnus John Kluge, CC’37, pledged $400 million to Columbia, all designated for financial aid. This marks the largest pledge ever devoted exclusively to student aid to any single institution of higher education in the United States.
What role do parents and families play in the Columbia community?
We believe that college is a time when young adults begin to separate from their parents, assume greater responsibility for their decisions and actions, and seek to rely more on institutional support systems. This philosophy, however, does not preclude our belief that familial support systems are extremely important for students, and that parents and families can and should be involved in their student’s education.
How then can you be involved in your student’s Columbia experience while allowing for his or her development? Here are just a few ways:
Hear what your students have to say. While respecting their newfound autonomy, check in with them every once in a while to see how they’re doing. Don’t assume you know what it’s like for them; remember that the college experience has changed since you were their age!
Find out more about Columbia. Learn about the school’s history, constituents, leadership, and mission. Check the Columbia website for the latest news on events happening on and off campus. Consult the Family Handbook to learn more about the various resources available to your student.
Help your student take advantage of these resources by directing them to the appropriate office. Remember, we expect students to take responsibility for their own actions and consult these resources themselves, so don’t call on their behalf. Rather, suggest they seek out various resources and follow up with them. Remember that they value your advice, even if they don’t always say so! Network—Get to know other parents and alumni living in your area. Network with other parents, alumni, and administrators. Attend a College Day, Dean’s Day, panel discussion, or other event.
Get involved through the Office of Parent and Family Programs. Welcome new families to campus, help staff a registration table, or sit on a panel at a Summer Advising Session. Volunteering is a great way to get to know other parents and a great way to give back to Columbia.
How can I take advantage of everything I want to do in New York City on a student budget?
New York City has something for everyone, which is why it is so often rated as one of the best college towns in the nation. It is full of hidden treasures that offer an inexpensive and yet unique array of food, shopping and entertainment. Some of the most creative culinary experiences are intimate restaurants within a few blocks from campus. Websites such as NYC Visit’s Go Local operates as a service for New Yorkers to get the most out of their city. There are also a variety of e-mail lists that help students gain free access to opportunities such as going to a major motion picture premiere. There are yearly bargains such as New York Restaurant Week, which gives students an inexpensive taste at some of the finest establishments in the city. Columbia helps students by providing discounted and free tickets to many events around the city through the CU ARTS Initiative.
How does Columbia help students engage with New York City?
You are living in New York City! A subway ride away to all the culture and life of the city. Take advantage of everything that there is to offer, but don’t forget your Columbia ID card. Flash your student ID card to gain free entry into dozens of museums and galleries thanks to the Arts Initiative. That same ID will get you discounted Broadway and movie tickets through Columbia’s Ticket and Information Center (TIC). Then there is Columbia Urban New York which offers free tickets to plays, musicals, and various other events throughout the city through a lottery system. Students also find New York to be an incredible extended classroom. See a painting up close at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, listen to some of the world’s greatest musicians at a small jazz club in the West Village and encounter dozens of cultures, thousands of ideas and millions of people, all in your future home.
How accessible is the subway?
The New York City Subway System, with 422 stations, is one of the most comprehensive subway systems in the world. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Columbia’s subway station is Columbia University-116 Street on the #1 subway line, located at 116th Street and Broadway, just a few steps from our main gate. (There are also several bus routes serving Morningside Heights.) The subway connects to all major train stations, and mass transit also connects to the three major airports. The transit fare is $2.50 per trip with various options for weekly and monthly Metrocards.
Where is Morningside Heights?
Morningside Heights is a residential neighborhood located on the west side of the island of Manhattan. It is approximately a ten-minute walk from the northwestern tip of Central Park and another ten-minute walk to the heart of Historic Harlem. Columbia is located on the #1 subway line and various bus routes. On the #1 train students can get to Times Square in approximately 20 minutes, go uptown to Columbia’s Medical Center in 15 minutes, and get to Columbia’s Baker Field Athletic Complex at the northern tip of Manhattan in 25 minutes.
How safe is the campus and neighborhood?
Although Morningside Heights is consistently named one of the safest precincts in New York City, the Department of Public Safety further ensures the security of Columbia’s campus and its students. Columbia students have direct access to the public transportation, which eliminates walking far distances to travel between campus and other locations. Should you feel unsafe in the neighborhood, you can ask the merchant at businesses featuring the Red Lion sticker in their windows to phone Columbia Public Safety or the police and wait for security personnel to respond.
Who may I contact with additional questions about applying to the Exchange?
Is testing required for QuestBridge applicants?
Yes. You must submit scores from the SAT Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests. If you are applying to Columbia Engineering, you must take the Math and either Physics, Biology or Chemistry SAT Subject Tests. You may also choose to take the ACT Assessment instead.
You must be sure to request that your scores be reported directly to Columbia every time you take a standardized test. The approriate SAT code is 2116 (Columbia College or Columbia Engineering) or for the ACT, 2717.
What housing options are available for first-years?
First-year students have four distinct housing options, all located on the main quad of Columbia within minutes of every academic building and with easy access to Butler Library, Columbia’s main library, and Alfred Lerner Hall, the student center. John Jay Hall and Carman Hall are the only first-year exclusive living options. Hartley and Wallach Halls, collectively the Living and Learning Center, house students from all four classes. Furnald Hall houses first-year students and sophomores. New students are placed in one of the four options based on the preferences they submit in their housing applications.
How do I get Dining Dollars and Flex dollars?
Dining dollars and Flex Dollars can be purchased at the beginning of the term when paying the yearly bill and can be added to the account throughout the year.
If I am a QuestBridge Finalist, do I need to submit an application fee?
The application fee is automatically waived for QuestBridge Finalists. Please check the Fee Waiver box on the Common Application. If you are a QuestBridge non-finalist, guidance counselors and school officials may request a fee waiver on your behalf.