Greetings from Morningside Heights!

The 2015-2016 Counselor Newsletter is available for you to review and download. Our list of Frequently Asked Questions is another great resource for you and your students.

We hope the following information may be of use to you in the upcoming year.

Important Updates

  • New Standardized Testing Policy: For students applying for admission for fall 2017 and beyond, we have updated our standardized testing requirements to reflect the College Board’s redesigned SAT, scheduled to launch in March 2016.
  • New Virtual Tour: Enjoy 360° panoramic views of Columbia’s beautiful Morningside Heights campus through an interactive online walking tour including stops inside iconic locations such as Butler Library and Low Rotunda, as well as our residence halls, classrooms and labs.
  • Columbia Visits You: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions travels extensively to introduce Columbia University to prospective students. Find out if we’ll be making a visit near you.

Application Guidelines

  • Credentials such as transcripts, secondary school reports and recommendation letters should be uploaded through the Common Application. If you prefer to email materials, please send them to from your school-based email address and ensure that any documents sent via email do not contain a student’s Social Security Number.

  • If you are not able to submit credentials electronically, you should mail documents to us at:

Columbia University in the City of New York
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1130 Amsterdam Avenue
212 Hamilton Hall, Mail Code 2807
New York, NY 10027

  • If your applicant is requesting a fee waiver, you can approve that fee waiver online after receiving the request from the student. Alternatively, your student can log on to his or her Common Application, print and sign a fee waiver form, and give you the form to sign and send to us. 

  • Students will not be able to track their Early Decision application documents until mid-November and Regular Decision application documents until mid-February. This allows plenty of time for counselors and teachers to submit such documents and for our office to process them. We will notify students via e-mail and mail at that time if we are missing any necessary materials, and there will still be sufficient time for us to review any late credentials thoroughly and carefully.

  • While we request that the submission of supplementary credentials be kept to a minimum, there may be occasions where such credentials provide valuable information that the standard application does not.

    • We accept optional arts supplements for musicvisual arts and dance.

    • Applicants involved in scientific research with an interest in studying engineering or the sciences at Columbia are welcome to provide a one or two page scientific abstract and/or a letter of recommendation from his/her research mentor.

    • Please note that we specifically ask that students not send collections of award certificates and the like and explicitly direct them to refrain from submitting their applications in binders or folders.

Learn More

Students are encouraged to visit the Columbia campus for an information session and tour, or to sample a class. Our interactive virtual tour provides the opportunity to explore campus from the convenience of any computer or mobile device. For glimpses of campus life and Columbia’s distinctive community, as well as important admissions news and updates, we also encourage you and your students to follow our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.