Class of 2021 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 2021 Profile as a PDF.

First-Year Applicant Overview

Total applications
37,389
Total admits
2,183
Admit rate
5.8%
4,086

applicants applied through Columbia’s Early Decision program

Admitted Student Statistics

The middle 50% of admitted students scored between
2150 and 2330

on the old SAT (prior to March 2016)

This is equivalent to
1490 and 1580

on the new SAT

The middle 50% of admitted students scored between
33 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 2021

Number of first-year students
1,456
Total number of US states represented (by home address)
50
Total number of countries represented (by home or school address)
76

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

Asian/Asian American 29% Latino 14% African American 14% Native American 3% Other 1% White 39%

Category of possible 1st choice major

Social Sciences 23% Engineering 23% Mathematics and Natural Science 29% Undecided 2% Arts and Humanities 23%
Students receiving Pell Grants
16%
Students who are the first generation in their family to attend college
17%
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-Atlantic37%
Midwest11%
New England9%
South19%
West24%

International Diversity (by home address or place of schooling)