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Greetings from Zoom in Morningside Heights! We know 2020 is far from a typical year, and we recognize the Herculean effort you give to support your students through virtual, hybrid and in-person learning. We're dealing with life in a new way, and we want to do our part to support you and your students this year. 

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Important Updates 2020-2021

In light of today's continuously changing landscape, we want to highlight some aspects of our process that we have designed to support applicants:

  • Due to widespread disruptions in access to standardized testing, Columbia will be test-optional for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Students are at no disadvantage in our process if they do not submit scores from these tests.
  • We fully support the pedagogical and administrative decisions your school may make in order to assist your community through this ongoing crisis. For example, pass/fail marks or alternative grading methods in lieu of letter or numerical grades will be accommodated with no disadvantage when we review applicants' transcripts.
  • We have made it easier for students to determine their fee waiver eligibility and to receive an application fee waiver if they are concerned about the cost of our application fee. Students are invited to see whether they qualify by using our new fee waiver eligibility form.

  • We can extend deadline flexibility to students who are experiencing extenuating circumstances, such as community disruptions, wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters. We will also accept supporting documentation from counselors and teachers after the application deadline without the need for school staff to request an extension.

  • We encourage students to participate in our live virtual programming to get an introduction to Columbia, interact with current Columbia students and determine if our community could be a good fit for them.

Columbia Community Updates

  • Every year, Columbia Engineering seniors are charged with translating their innovative ideas into real-world solutions through capstone department design projects, which are presented at the Senior Design Expo in the spring. Each project can directly impact humanity, whether it is a tool to provide a rapid diagnosis of neonatal bacterial meningitis in low-income countries, a robot that can paint or an autonomous, beach-cleaning robot turtle. View the video highlighting the innovative projects from the Class of 2019 and explore the virtual Design Expo from the Class of 2020. 

  • The Eric J. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights hosts the American Voter Project lecture series, which includes panels on the 2020 election, the Mueller investigation, impeachment and voter suppression. Guest panelists have included Eric Holder, Former Attorney General of the United States; Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Sally Yates, Former Deputy and Acting Attorney General of the United States; Nate Silver, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of FiveThirtyEight.  

  • Columbia announced the creation of a new Climate School to tackle the most pressing environmental and public health challenges facing humanity today. The school will build upon capacity at existing world-class Columbia research facilities dedicated to environmental research: the Earth Institute, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and more. 

  • Undergraduates can learn about global challenges, enhance their global competencies, and be empowered to make a difference by participating in the Global Columbia Collaboratory. The Collaboratory focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and participants engage in seminars with faculty and global leaders, reflect on global challenges and collaborate on projects that could have a global impact. The Collaboratory offers funding to turn projects into a reality and participants are provided a resource fund to support their active engagement. 

  • President Bollinger's 19th Annual Fun Run is happening across the world this year! Students, faculty and staff — wherever they are — will lace up their running shoes and represent the Columbia spirit worldwide. 

Reminders from Undergraduate Admissions

STANDARDIZED TESTING  

  • Columbia is test-optional for 2020-2021 and students are at no disadvantage in our process if they do not submit scores from these tests.

  • If applicants desire, they 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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