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First-year applicants

Apply to join our community as a full-time first-year student to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering.

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Transfer applicants

We welcome over 100 transfer students to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering each year.

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Combined Plan applicants

Combined Plan students receive a degree in the liberal arts and a B.S. in Engineering from Columbia.

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Visiting students

Broaden your undergraduate experience with one or two semesters in the Visiting Student Program.

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Affordability & Aid

You can afford Columbia, and we want to help make it possible.

How to apply for aid

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Financial aid FAQs

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Welcome to Columbia University in the City of New York. Specifically, the island of Manhattan, which means island of many hills in the language of the Lenni Lenape people. We recognize that Manhattan is part of the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Lenni Lenape and Wappinger people who are still active members of our community throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Learn more by watching this video.

Academics
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6:1

student-to-faculty ratio

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6,000

undergraduates

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100+

programs of study

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250+

faculty in the National Academy of Engineering, Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A renowned research university

Columbia has been a place of deep intellectual curiosity and wide-ranging academic inquiry since 1754.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Columbia looking for when evaluating students for admission?

With such an appealing pool of applicants, it is the job of the admissions committee to get to know all students and select those that we believe will take greatest advantage of the unique Columbia experience and will offer something meaningful in return to the community. Our review process is holistic and contextual, and we take many factors into consideration. 

How do I apply for financial aid?

The financial aid application process collects information about your family's income, assets, family composition and other circumstances. All requirements are detailed on the financial aid office website.

FAQs

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If you have a question that isn’t answered by this website or have updates to your application, reach out to Undergraduate Admissions directly.