Spring 2020 Update for Prospective Students

We know your college search process right now looks very different than you imagined and that you may have some questions. We hope the information gathered here provides you with some reassurance.

Academic Experience
Please be assured that Columbia Undergraduate Admissions fully supports the pedagogical and administrative decisions your school may make in order to assist your community through this crisis. For example, pass/fail marks or alternative grading methods in lieu of letter or numerical grades from Spring 2020 will be accommodated with no disadvantage when we review applicants' transcripts next year and beyond.

Extracurricular Activities and Summer Pursuits
We understand that disruptions due to this crisis may alter the trajectory of your extracurricular, athletic, artistic and other pursuits. It is possible that summer programs and other enrichment experiences have been impacted as well. Just as your high school experience and college search process is altered, we know that future college applications will likely look different than they have in the past, and we will review your application within this context.

Testing options around the world have been affected. We remain committed to our holistic and contextual review process that considers the individual circumstances that shape each applicant's journey. Columbia will be test-optional for the 2020-2021 application cycle, and students are at no disadvantage in our process if they do not submit scores from these tests. 

Financial Aid
Columbia remains committed to our need-based financial aid program, which seeks to ensure that students from all backgrounds can attend Columbia. We meet the full demonstrated need of all admitted first-year applicants for all four years of study and do so without loans. Anticipate your college costs with Columbia's MyinTuition Quick College Cost Estimator, which can also help you estimate your eligibility for need-based scholarships. 

We also encourage you to view our Virtual Visit opportunities, which can help you learn more about Columbia at this time.

Lastly, and most importantly, the Columbia community urges you to stay healthy and safe. We are thinking of you all and look forward to getting to know you over the coming months or years.