Columbia Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center have expanded Virtual Visit programming for Winter and Spring 2021. From your couch or your car, from a family computer or a phone, you'll be able to connect with our community to learn about what makes Columbia University a place unlike any other. We invite prospective students and families to learn more about our virtual information sessions, student panels and Q&A chats.
In response to continued disruptions to standardized testing availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbia is extending our test-optional policy for one year, effective for first-year applicants to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering for the fall of 2022.
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.
The joint notification date for the Ivy League this year will be Tuesday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. Due to an increase in applications and our continued commitment to our holistic review process, this change allows us to most effectively and carefully consider each student who has applied.
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.