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The 2019-2020 Counselor Update is available for you to review and download

Important Updates March 2020

In these uncertain times, we know that many secondary schools are transitioning to remote instruction in order to allow students, teachers and staff to stay safely at home and reduce exposure to the coronavirus/COVID-19. Spring dates for standardized exams may have been cancelled or rescheduled. College fairs, campus tours and regional admissions travel are being curtailed. These decisions are not made lightly, and we know that we are all trying to support and encourage students during these unprecedented, challenging times while also seeing to our own safety and well being.

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 will be accommodated in our review of final transcripts. We all have plenty of obstacles to navigate in the months ahead, and submitting paperwork for your college-bound students should be the least of your concerns.

Furthermore, as we consider younger students, we understand that disruptions may significantly alter the trajectory of their extracurricular, athletic and other pursuits. Students might not have access to summer programs or other enrichment experiences. Their college applications will likely look different than they have in the past. We remain committed to our holistic and contextual review process that considers the individual circumstances that shape each applicant's journey.

We welcome your suggestions as we explore new ways to engage with prospective students and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Important Updates 2019-2020

Columbia University's 266th year is sure to be one of excitement and change as we welcome the Class of 2023 and some noteworthy developments and initiatives on our campus.

  • Our Core Curriculum celebrates its centennial this year 100 years of deliberate conversations, asking critical questions and engaging with others across difference about values and beliefs.  

  • My Columbia College Journey and the 13 Core Competencies serve as a framework for current Columbia students to make meaning of their experiences, prompting reflection and encouraging conversation. The Core Competencies, which range from community engagement and inclusion to quantitative literacy, serve as a tool for students to reflect on their personal growth during their Columbia journey and beyond. 

  • What sets a Columbia engineer apart? Not simply technical experts, Columbia engineers learn to solve the world's most pressing problems because they have a deeper understanding of the world itself. Columbia Engineering emphasizes Engineering for Humanity, and creating a more sustainable, healthy, secure, connected and creative world for all of us.  

  • The Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement has been established as a hub of global activity at Columbia. The Center provides support for students interested in opportunities for global engagement and learning, from traditional study abroad programs to global internships and research to programming on our campus and in New York City.

Reminders from Undergraduate Admissions


  • Applicants may self-report ACT and SAT test scores.

  • SAT Subject Test scores are not required.

  • Columbia does not require the optional writing portion of the ACT or SAT.


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