Frequently Asked Questions

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, fax 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.

 

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, fax 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.

 

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, fax 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

Yes. As long as all of the work is your own and the content is appropriate for the essay prompts, you may submit the essay you composed for the QuestBridge application for your Common Application or Coalition Application.

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?

Yes. Columbia requires that all applicants complete all parts of the admissions application; you must use the Common Application or Coalition Application when submitting the above documents. If you received letters of recommendation from academic teachers for the QuestBridge application, you may use those letters for your admission application. Simply ask your teachers to resend those letters with the Common Application or Coalition Application. Copies of official high school transcripts must also be sent directly to Columbia through the application form.

Will Columbia accept the QuestBridge application in place of the Common Application or Coalition Application?

No. Columbia requires that an applicant complete the Common Application or the Coalition Application, as well as the Columbia-specific questions. We do not accept the QuestBridge application in lieu of these applications. If you are not identified as a Finalist and are interested in applying to Columbia, you must also submit the Common Application or Coalition Application. As a QuestBridge applicant you are welcome to use any information from your QuestBridge application (essays, recommendations and lists of extracurricular activities); however, you must transfer the information onto the Common Application or Coalition Application. We will not review the QuestBridge application in our Regular Decision review process.

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 the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing at ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu or 212-854-3711.

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 the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing at ugrad-finaid@columbia.edu 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 the Coalition Application?

If paying the application fee is a significant financial burden for your family, we encourage you to request a fee waiver through your admission application. Students applying to Columbia through the Coalition Application will be able to determine their eligibility for the fee waiver by answering a brief series of questions while creating their Coalition profile; if your eligibility is established, the fee will be automatically waived when you submit your application.

More information about the parameters that Columbia uses to offer institution-specific fee waivers are outlined on our admissions website

Who should I contact if I have technical problems with the Coalition Application?

Should you require assistance with the Coalition Application, we encourage you to review their Frequently Asked Questions or submit a request to their Technical Support.

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 ugrad-confirm@columbia.edu or via fax to (212) 854-3393.

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

Pages