Counselors

Greetings from Morningside Heights!

The 2017-2018 Counselor Update is available for you to review and download. Our list of Frequently Asked Questions is another great resource for you and your students.

We hope the following information may be of use to you in the upcoming year.

Important Updates

Columbia University's 264th year is sure to be one of excitement and change as we welcome the Class of 2021 and some noteworthy developments and initiatives on our campus.

  • The first buildings on Columbia's Manhattanville campus, including the Jerome L. Greene Science Center - home to Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute led by two of Columbia's Nobel Laureates and the inaugural winner of the Kavli Prize - officially open this fall.
  • Columbia's Wallach Art Gallery finds a new home in the Lenfest Center for the Arts in Manhattanville. On view this fall is "Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing," curated in coordination with a major Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
  • The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science unveiled a new strategic vision for the School: Columbia Engineering for Humanity, encompassing areas of research where our community is making a difference in sustainability, health, security, connectivity and creativity.

  • A culture of inclusion and belonging has deep roots at Columbia. Today, that is expressed in many ways, such as evaluating undocumented and DACA students applying to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering under the same need-blind policy as US citizens and permanent residents; supporting first-generation students through their transition to college with First-in-Family Programs; and celebrating the 20th anniversary and grand reopening of the Stephen Donaldson Lounge, an LGBTQ community space.
  • Columbia is among a handful of universities offering the MyinTuition Quick College Cost Estimator, giving families a snapshot of their potential financial aid eligibility in about three minutes. I hope you will help us spread the word about this innovative new tool and our commitment to access and affordability.

Please note that Columbia is extending our Early Decision deadline to November 15, 2017, for students affected by the deadly and destructive hurricanes and other natural disasters earlier this fall and the recent tragic shooting in Las Vegas. We also will waive the application fee for any affected student who requests it.

Application Guidelines

  • Credentials such as transcripts, secondary school reports and recommendation letters should be uploaded through the Common Application or through the Coalition Application Virtual Locker, in alignment with whichever platform the applicant is using. If you prefer to email materials, please send them to ugrad-confirm@columbia.edu from your school-based email address and ensure that any documents sent via email do not contain a student’s Social Security Number.

  • If you are not able to submit credentials electronically, you may mail documents to us at:

Columbia University in the City of New York
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1130 Amsterdam Avenue
212 Hamilton Hall, Mail Code 2807
New York, NY 10027

  • Students will be able to track their Early Decision application documents from November 8 to 30 and Regular Decision application documents from February 1 to March 21. This allows plenty of time for counselors and teachers to submit such documents and for our office to process them. We will notify students via email and mail at that time if we are missing any necessary materials, and there will still be sufficient time for us to review any late credentials thoroughly and carefully.

  • While we request that the submission of supplementary credentials be kept to a minimum, there may be occasions where such credentials provide valuable information that the standard application does not.

    • We accept optional arts supplements for dance, drama and theatre arts, filmmusic and visual art.

    • Applicants involved in research are welcome to provide a one or two page abstract and/or a letter of recommendation from their research mentor.

    • Please note that we specifically ask that students not send collections of award certificates and the like and explicitly direct them to refrain from submitting their applications in binders or folders.

Learn More

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.