Greetings from Morningside Heights!
Important Updates 2018-2019
Columbia University's 265th year is sure to be one of excitement and change as we welcome the Class of 2022 and some noteworthy developments and initiatives on our campus.
- Former US Attorney General Eric Holder '73CC partnered with Columbia College to launch the Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights, which sponsors courses, public events, and internships for undergraduate students, fostering scholarly inquiry, policy debate, and public engagement that draws on the principles of the Core.
- The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and IBM established the new Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, supporting research to accelerate innovation in this critical area; it includes an innovation accelerator to incubate business ideas from entrepreneurial students, faculty and members of the startup community.
Columbia alumnus Arthur Ashkin ('47CC) won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work in laser physics, joining a distinguished line of 30 Nobel laureates in physics who have been affiliated with Columbia University.
- Global Programs launched the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships website, which consolidates resources to help students find opportunities to enhance their education. Our Center for Career Education also continues to provide meaningful co-curricular opportunities, including more than 36,000 internships posted on our job board last year. Nearly 85% of undergraduates in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering have at least one internship before graduating.
- Columbia launched a new website in support of undergraduate well-being. The Live Well | Learn Well website guides students to academic, wellness, spiritual, community and other support services on campus.
In Undergraduate Admissions, we also continue to highlight access and affordability for prospective students and applicants through our initiatives:
Last spring, we launched our newest video, “Into the Columbia Blue”, which allows students to get an in-depth look at what makes Columbia a unique and compelling place to fulfill their education.
As of last year, we also now accept self-report SAT and ACT results from applicants. Applicants may input their scores in the testing section of either the Common Application or the Coalition Application, or update their scores after they apply on their Columbia application status page. We are also able to accept score reports directly from your school via email or mail, if school policy allows. Only enrolling candidates will need to have official test scores sent from a testing agency, which Columbia will verify.
We also continue to not require the optional writing section or SAT Subject tests as part of our admissions requirements; candidates are not at a disadvantage if they choose not to take these or other optional tests (such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams), or choose to not submit these scores to Columbia.
This year, we will be awarding over $168 million in financial aid grants to incoming students through our generous need-blind, need-based, and full-need financial aid policies. We continue to encourage prospective students to utilize our MyinTuition Quick College Cost Estimator, giving families a snapshot of their potential financial aid eligibility in about three minutes.
Students are encouraged to visit the Columbia campus for an information session and tour, or to sample a class. Our interactive virtual tour provides the opportunity to explore campus from the convenience of any computer or mobile device. For glimpses of campus life and Columbia’s distinctive community, as well as important admissions news and updates, we also encourage you and your students to follow our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.