Can I take any course at Columbia as a Visiting Student?
Columbia does not guarantee that Visiting Students will be able to enroll in any specific class until the time of registration, and we therefore encourage students to have a wide selection of courses ready at the time of registration. Visiting Students may not enroll in any of Columbia’s graduate schools (including Columbia Business School) without first consulting their Advising Dean in the Berick Center for Student Advising.
Visiting Students must maintain full-time status by registering for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and may take a maximum of 18 credit hours. Most students schedule 15-18 credit hours (approximately 5 classes) per semester. We recommend that you consult with your dean/academic advisor at your home institution to help plan your curriculum at Columbia and ensure that Columbia credits will transfer.
Is housing available for the Visiting Student Program?
If you are applying for entry in the spring semester, housing is available for Visiting Students. Once admitted, you will be instructed to fill out a housing application through our housing office. Housing is not available for the fall semester.
How long can I study at Columbia in the Visiting Student Program?
Visiting Students are eligible to study at Columbia for up to one year (two semesters), pending successful academic standing and completion of their first semester on-campus.
Does the Visiting Student Program provide Financial Aid?
No, the Visiting Student Program does not provide financial aid. However, please check with your home institution to see if they provide financial aid for exchange programs.
When will I find out my admissions decision for the Visiting Student Program?
Once your complete application is submitted, you will be informed of your admissions decisions in 4 to 6 weeks. Undergraduate Admissions releases decisions for the Visiting Student Program on a monthly basis.
What materials are required for the Visiting Student application?
A complete application includes: the Visiting Student Application, an official college transcript from your current institution and a signed Statement of Eligibility from a college official. Please allow 5-10 business days for materials to be processed by Undergraduate Admissions.
Can I provide updates or corrections to my application after I have submitted it?
Any additions or corrections to the application must be submitted in writing either through the application status page or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the student's identifying information: name and high school/secondary school; Columbia ID number (C00...); and date of birth.
Are QuestBridge students eligible for interviews?
Interviews are not part of the QuestBridge College Match Process. If you are pursuing admission under the Regular Decision program at Columbia, you can review the full interview policy here.
How can I submit my standardized test scores to Columbia?
You may provide your ACT and/or SAT test scores in one of two ways:
Input your scores in the testing section of either the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
Update your scores on your Columbia application status page. This page will only be available after you have submitted your application.
We are also able to accept score reports directly from your school via email or mail, if your school's policy allows.
Only admitted students who choose to enroll at Columbia must have their official scores sent by the testing agency.
I hold DACA status. What types of financial aid can I receive?
Columbia is committed to meeting 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all students admitted as first-years or transfer students pursuing their first degree, regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students, regardless of DACA status, are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, so we meet their need entirely from Columbia funding.
Can students who are undocumented apply to Columbia through QuestBridge?
Yes, Columbia considers all interested finalists to the QuestBridge National College Match program, regardless of citizenship status.
As an undocumented student, am I eligible for financial aid?
Yes, Columbia is committed to meeting 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all students admitted as first-years or transfer students pursuing their first degree, regardless of citizenship status.
For admissions purposes, undocumented students are evaluated in a need-blind manner, which means we evaluate admissions applications without regard to financial need.
Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, so we meet their need entirely from Columbia funding
Do I need to hold DACA status to apply to Columbia?
No, students do not need to hold DACA status to apply to Columbia. Columbia admits students without regard to citizenship status and meets 100% of demonstrated need for all first-year and transfer students pursuing their first degrees. For admissions purposes, undocumented students are evaluated in a need-blind manner, which means we evaluate admissions applications without regard to financial need.
As an undocumented student, can I apply to Columbia?
Yes, Columbia admits students without regard to citizenship status and meets 100% of demonstrated need for all first-year and transfer students pursuing their first degrees. For admissions purposes, undocumented students are evaluated in a need-blind manner, which means we evaluate admissions applications without regard to financial need.
May I use the same essay I submitted to QuestBridge for the Common Application or Coalition Application?
QuestBridge Finalists should not submit any additional applications besides their QuestBridge Application. If you are applying Regular Decision and would prefer to have your Common or Coalition Application be evaluated, please contact us at email@example.com .
I have sent recommendation letters and a secondary school report through the QuestBridge application; do I need to re-submit these forms if I am applying to Columbia?
No. We will accept the materials sent through your QuestBridge Application for our process. However, all school materials must be uploaded by a school official. If you submitted your own transcript to QuestBridge, we cannot accept that submission and request that you have a school official send a copy of your transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name high school and date of birth.
Will Columbia accept the QuestBridge application in place of the Common Application or Coalition Application?
For students applying through the National College Match, we will only accept and evaluate the QuestBridge Application. For students applying through Regular Decision, please email email@example.com if you are interested in having your Common Application or Coalition Application be evaluated instead of your QuestBridge Application. QuestBridge Finalists applying through the National College Match should not submit a Common or Coalition Application.
If you are not identified as a Finalist and are interested in applying to Columbia, you must submit the Common Application or Coalition Application.
Does Columbia provide fee waivers for the CSS Profile?
The CSS Profile service provides fee waivers to qualifying domestic first-time, first-year students from families with low incomes and limited assets.
Eligibility for fee waivers is automatically assessed at the time you submit the CSS Profile, and the waiver covers the costs of the registration fee for up to eight school reports. Please contact the College Board with any additional questions regarding CSS Profile fee waivers.
Columbia does not offer additional fee waivers to domestic students.
If you have additional questions regarding the financial aid process, please contact Financial Aid and Educational Financing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-854-3711.
How are supporting documents (transcripts and teacher recommendations) submitted as part of my Coalition Application?
To get official documents (transcript and recommendation letters) into your Locker, you will need to add the appropriate person as a contact (such as a guidance counselor or teacher). Once they are added as a contact, you can request the appropriate document.
In the "Official Documents" section, you may use the “Attach” feature to add these documents to your application so that they will be submitted to Columbia along with your application.
You can still submit your application even if your official documents are still in progress and not yet completed. Once your application has been submitted, you may cancel, change or resend requests directly from the "Official Documents" section.
How do I submit my Essay for the Coalition Application?
Columbia requires that applicants using the Coalition Application submit an essay, using the prompts and information found on their website. Students may upload their essay in the “Uploads” section found at the conclusion of the Columbia-specific questions to the Coalition Application. Please note that while the prompts and instructions can be reviewed at any time, the section to upload your completed essay is not accessible until the other Columbia-specific questions have been completed.
What is my Coalition ID and where do I find it?
The Coalition Account ID is the identifying number that is unique to your Profile in the Coalition Application, and should be used when submitting any documents to our office. It is found both on the “Personal Information” page of the Profile as well as under “Account Settings.”
Are fee waivers available for first-year applicants?
Information regarding fee waivers can be found on our website.
Application fee waivers can be requested through the Common Application or Coalition Application by selecting the indicator of financial need that most closely matches your circumstances. While supporting documentation from a school official or other third party is welcome, it is not required. Columbia will grant all fee waiver requests automatically.
How do I submit supplementary materials for the Coalition Application?
Candidates submitting the Coalition Application should answer “Yes” to the questions indicating an interest in supplementary questions and should follow the directions that are listed. More information can be found on the Supplementary Materials page of our website.
Can I share my Locker from the Coalition Application with an admissions officer?
Please do not share access to your Locker with any Columbia admissions officers, as we will only accept materials that are submitted as part of your application. Any additions or corrections to your application can be submitted to email@example.com.
Will Columbia have access to the virtual locker contents from the Coalition platform?
Columbia will not have access to the contents of a student’s virtual Locker, including both official documents and media. Students who are applying to Columbia using the Coalition Application will need to indicate which official documents (such as transcripts or recommendation letters) that are stored in the locker should be sent to Columbia as part of the review process. Columbia accepts supplementary materials as outlined on our website.
What is the virtual locker for the Coalition Application?
The Locker offers a private space for students to collect and organize materials throughout their high school journey. Whether collecting thoughts on college options or storing classwork or personal writing, students can confidentially save documents that may be useful later in their college search or application. Students can maintain a record of their interests and activities, collect letters of support from instructors, coaches, or supervisors. More information about the Locker can be found on the Coalition’s website.
How do I apply to Columbia using the Coalition Application?
Students can start Columbia’s application as part of the Coalition Application by searching for Columbia University in the “Colleges” tab and selecting “Start Application.” Please note that several sections of the Profile must be completed before the Columbia-specific questions may be started; any sections not yet completed will be highlighted in yellow. Some sections of the Profile are not required, as Columbia will review this information through supporting materials, such as the official transcript(s).
Columbia’s short answer questions can be found at the conclusion of the Columbia section of the Coalition Application.
Please note that the Columbia-specific questions must be completed in sequential order. More instructions regarding the Columbia-specific section of the Coalition Application can be found at the start of this section.
Is there a preference for the Common Application or the Coalition Application?
The Admissions Committee will apply the same holistic review process to evaluate candidates regardless of whether they submit the Coalition Application or the Common Application; there is no preference for one over the other. Please be aware that students must submit only one complete application, using either the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
Either the Common Application or the Coalition Application must be submitted by Columbia’s Early Decision deadline of November 1 or Regular Decision deadline of January 1.
What is the Coalition Application?
Columbia is a member of The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, which includes over 90 different public and private institutions of higher education coming together to improve the college admission application process for all students. The Coalition offers a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of applying to college, including a college application.