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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Columbia give preference in the admission process to applicants whose parents attended Columbia?
We are always pleased to receive applications from students whose family members have graduated from Columbia. When an applicant is extremely competitive and compares favorably with other similarly talented candidates, being the daughter or son of a Columbia University graduate (from any Columbia school or college) may be a slight advantage in the admission process. This advantage may especially apply for "legacy" candidates.
Please note: applicants are considered to be "legacies" of Columbia only if they are the children of Columbia College or Columbia Engineering graduates.
How do I submit supplementary materials for the Coalition Application?
What does it mean if I am “deferred” from the Early Decision applicant pool?
A small number of Early Decision applicants receive notification that we are deferring a final admission decision until April. Their applications will be reviewed and evaluated again among the Regular Decision applicant pool. Those Early Decision candidates whose applications are deferred to Regular Decision and who subsequently are offered admission in April are not then bound by any commitment to enroll at Columbia.
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.
Are my chances for admission greater if I attend a summer program or program for high school students on the Columbia campus?
Not necessarily. Although we recommend that all applicants whenever possible spend some time on campus before applying, applicants who have attended a program on the Columbia campus are not given automatic preference in the admissions process.
For more information on summer programs at Columbia, please visit the High School Programs website.