Class of 2020 Profile

Combined First-Year data for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering

Prospective students are encouraged to review our admissions instructions and our holistic review process. You can download the Class of 2020 Profile as a PDF.

First-Year Applicant Overview

Total applications
36,292
Total admits
2,193
Admit rate
6.0%
3,520

applicants applied through Columbia’s Early Decision program

Admitted Student Statistics

The middle 50% of admitted students scored between
2180 and 2340

on the Math, Critical Reading, and Writing sections of the former SAT (prior to March 2016)

This is equivalent to
1510 and 1580

on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math sections of the new SAT

The middle 50% of admitted students scored between
32 and 35

on the ACT

Over
90%

of accepted students were in the top 10% of their graduating class

Demographic Information for the Class of 2020

Number of first-year students
1,428
Total number of U.S. states represented (by home address)
50
Total number of countries represented (by home or school address)
69

Domestic Ethnic Diversity
(US Citizens and Permanent Residents, as self-identified on the application)

Asian/Asian American 28% Latino 15% African American 13% Native American 3% Other 1% White 40%

Category of possible 1st choice major

Social Sciences 22% Engineering 23% Mathematics and Natural Science 30% Undecided 2% Arts and Humanities 23%
Students receiving Pell Grants
16%
Students who are the first generation in their family to attend college
16%
Gender breakdown
50% male 50% female

Domestic Diversity (by home address)

Texas Pennsylvania Illinois Connecticut Maryland New York California New Jersey Florida Massachusetts Top States Represented
Total number of states represented50
Mid-Atlantic36%
Midwest12%
New England9%
South20%
West23%

International Diversity (by home address or place of schooling)