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

Volunteer members of Columbia’s Alumni Representative Committee, in addition to select Student Interviewers, conduct interviews on behalf of Undergraduate Admissions. You will be contacted directly if an interview is available in the same area as your high school. Because we have a finite number of volunteers to interview many thousands of candidates, we are unable to grant interviews to all of our applicants and cannot guarantee that an interview will be available in any given area. Candidates who are not offered an interview are not at any disadvantage in the admissions process. 

 

Accuracy and Authenticity

Note that all materials, unless otherwise stated, must be official and sent directly to the University or the University’s designated application platform from an official source (e.g., high school), not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the following exceptions: submissions by the US Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its partner agencies IIE, LASPAU, EducationUSA and AMIDEAST; submissions by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF); submissions by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD); and submissions by non-profit, community-based organizations when schools are unable to provide this information on behalf of the student. In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at ugrad-ask@columbia.edu. Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.  

All applicants to Columbia University must confirm on their application that they understand and agree to adhere to the above expectations.

 

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, Columbia Undergraduate Admissions, 212 Hamilton Hall, Mail Code 2807, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027.