Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I do not attend an affiliate school?

Yes. You are permitted to apply, and your materials will be reviewed by the Combined Plan Admissions Committee in a competitive review process.

Related FAQs

What are your admissions statistics for the Combined Plan Program?

We do not release any admissions statistics for the Combined Plan Program. There are no quotas, as each application is reviewed individually. There are approximately 275 students currently on campus as part of the program.

I’m planning to visit Columbia. Are there any Combined Plan specific things I can do?

In addition to a general information session and campus tour, you may be interested in our Engineering tour. Spaces are limited, so we encourage you to RSVP.

If you have any specific questions regarding the Combined Plan program, you may speak to an admissions officer available during your visit, or you may e-mail us at

Can foreign/international Combined Plan applicants get financial aid?

Financial aid is available for foreign students, but it is limited. Columbia does not guarantee that it will meet 100% of a foreign student’s demonstrated financial need. A “foreign” student is one who has neither U.S. citizenship nor U.S. permanent resident status.

Will any advanced credits I earned in high school (e.g., AP or IB courses) transfer?

Please speak with your liaison. If the course appears on your home institution’s transcript and if your liaison approves by noting this in the recommendation letter, we will accept credit taken at other institutions. Official transcripts from all institutions attended are required. Please note that additional information on your school’s credit policies may be required as part of your application.

May I reapply to the Combined Plan program?

Yes. You will need to resubmit a new application with an updated transcript and materials. Please note that students reapplying will be considered in a competitive and holistic review process.