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.
See revised testing policy for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
- Autobiographical information
- Lists and descriptions of a student’s achievements, activities, employment and summer activities
- Personal essay
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
- See revised testing policy for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
- SAT or ACT
- Applicants may self-report their scores
- English proficiency examination score (if necessary)
- These recommendations must come from teachers who taught you in academic disciplines
- For engineering applicants, one must come from a math or science teacher
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
- 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
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
For questions about undergraduate admission and the application process, please visit our online FAQs. If you have additional questions, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.