How to Apply

Ready to find out where Columbia Blue might take you? Here, you’ll find all the resources you need to understand the admissions process and to get ready to build a complete, authentic and compelling application. We look forward to getting to know you.

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We encourage prospective applicants to review the information we've gathered to address questions and concerns about the 2021-2022 application cycle.

Admissions Application Due

Early Decision: November 1

Regular Decision: January 1

Financial Aid Application Due

Early Decision: November 15

Regular Decision: February 15

None of the above? No problem.

You can still apply to Columbia—just apply through these other undergraduate programs instead.


This is a time to discover who you are and who you want to become. It is an exciting adventure. Take a deep breath. Let it out. Relax. Begin. Enjoy.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

How to Apply FAQs

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.

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What matters to Columbia is your abilitynot your ability to pay.

The Columbia experience is open to individuals from every imaginable background. In fact, it depends upon them—and the diverse perspectives they bring to our campus.

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Being here

Being at Columbia feels like being at the center of everything. It’s a beautiful, walkable campus in a comfortable, welcoming residential neighborhood, tucked away in a corner of one of the world’s greatest cities.

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A proud tradition of intellectual exploration

Columbia has been a place of deep intellectual curiosity and wide-ranging academic inquiry since 1754. Across departments, schools, centers and institutes, Columbians at every level are driven by an abiding passion for discovery. 

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Whether you want to get to know the neighborhood in person or from the comfort of your own home, we’ve got you covered.

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Our Community

Columbia is home to a vibrant, curious, welcoming community of students and faculty, drawn together from every walk of life and corner of the world. 

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Whether it’s finding the right program for you or navigating the application and financial aid process, we’ve got the answers you need. 

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