First-Year Admissions

We accept first-year applications for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, undergraduate divisions of Columbia University; both serve full-time students only.

Current college students are encouraged to explore our Transfer, Combined Plan and Visiting Student programs. Potential applicants to Columbia College who have taken a break of more than a year in their educations (with the exception of those in mandatory military service) should consider instead Columbia University's School of General Studies; the same is true for all students who wish to attend a part-time program because of personal or professional reasons.

Application Requirements

Application

Columbia accepts either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. We will also accept the QuestBridge Application from QuestBridge Finalists. The applications include:

  • Autobiographical information
  • Lists and descriptions of a student’s achievements, activities, employment and summer activities
  • Personal essay

Columbia-Specific Application Questions

Secondary School Report

  • An official high school transcript from all high schools attended
  • One high school counselor’s recommendation and school profile
  • The completed Mid-Year Report

Standardized tests

  • SAT or ACT
  • Applicants may self-report their scores
  • English proficiency examination score (if necessary)

Teacher Recommendations

  • These recommendations must come from teachers who taught you in academic disciplines
  • For engineering applicants, one must come from a math or science teacher

Application Fee or Fee Waiver

 

Dates & Deadlines

November 1
Deadline for Early Decision applications
Deadline for QuestBridge National College Match applicants
November 15
Deadline for Early Decision financial aid applications
Mid-December
Admissions and financial aid decisions released online to Early Decision candidates
January 1
Deadline for Regular Decision applications 
Early January 
Early Decision deposit deadline
February 15
Deadline for Regular Decision financial aid applications
Late March
Admissions and financial aid decisions released online to Regular Decision candidates
May 1
Regular Decision deposit deadline
May 15
Enrollment deferral request deadline
Late June
Final transcript due for incoming students

Supplementary Materials

Supplements are not a required part of our admissions process; however, there may be occasions when supplementary materials can enhance our understanding of a student's application. 

Interviews

Because we have a finite number of alumni and current student volunteers to interview the many thousands of candidates, we are unable to grant interviews to all of our applicants and can provide absolutely no guarantee that an interview will be available in any given area. Please note that interviews will be offered only in the area where your high school is located; if you have finished high school and no longer live in the vicinity, an interview will not be available to you. 

After you submit your application for admission, your name and contact information are provided to the interviewers in your area; if an interviewer is able to meet with you, you will be contacted directly by email or by phone. Interviews are not offered on campus. Some applicants may be offered interviews via phone or video chat if an interviewer is not able to meet in person. All types of interviews have equal weight in the interview process. Please note that Columbia does not solicit or accept external interview reports conducted by private or independent agencies.

Candidates who are not offered an interview are not at any disadvantage in the admissions process. Because the actual assignment of interviews is not conducted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, we respectfully ask that you do not call or write to inquire about receiving an interview. You will be contacted directly if an interview is available in the same area as your high school.

Applicants from China

Columbia recommends that applicants attending high school in China schedule admissions interviews with InitialView or Vericant. Interviews must be scheduled, completed and submitted to Columbia by November 15 for Early Decision or January 15 for Regular Decision. Given the ratio of applicants to alumni interviewers in China, the interview with InitialView or Vericant will take the place of an alumni interview for some candidates. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly at ugrad-confirm@columbia.edu should InitialView or Vericant fees present a hardship for you and your family.

Questbridge Applicants

Interviews are not part of the QuestBridge College Match Process. If you are pursuing admission under the Regular Decision program at Columbia, interviews will follow the policy listed on this page.

 

Contact

For questions about undergraduate admission and the application process, please visit our online FAQs. If you have additional questions, you may email ugrad-ask@columbia.edu or call 212-854-2522. Mail should be sent to Columbia University in the City of New York, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 212 Hamilton Hall, Mail Code 2807, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027.