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We receive many emails from students after they submit their application to Columbia, so we’ve gathered the following information to help answer questions and reduce some of the stress that applicants may be feeling.
We believe that college costs, including application fees, should not be a barrier to access. If you are interested in applying to Columbia and our application fee is a significant financial burden for your family, we will simply waive it. We invite students to use our simple fee waiver eligibility form to check if they qualify.
For prospective students considering Columbia, the uncertainty caused by the global pandemic may have generated many questions in your college search and application process, and we hope to address some of your concerns.
Due to ongoing standardized testing disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbia is adopting a one year test-optional policy for first-year applicants to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering for the fall of 2021.
Columbia has been inspired by the global rise of voices reacting to recent violent acts of anti-Black racism and standing up for equality and justice. Columbia Undergraduate Admissions supports students who are responding to and peacefully protesting against systemic racism and violence against the Black community.
The Common Application and the Coalition Application for Fall 2021 admission are now live for first-year applicants. The Transfer Application is also live; transfer applicants should use the Coalition Application.
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