Columbia News Archive

Spring 2020 Update for Prospective Students

For prospective students considering Columbia, the uncertainty of this spring may have generated many questions in your college search process, and we hope to address some of your concerns.

Virtual Visit Opportunities at Columbia

We invite prospective students and families to visit our new Virtual Visit web page, where you will be able to register for virtual information sessions, experience virtual tours of our campus and New York City, connect with current undergraduates at academic panels and learn more about the Columbia community. 

Transfer Admissions Update for Fall 2020

We are nearing the end of our transfer admissions application review and plan to post all decisions online on Friday, May 8, after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Transfer Deadline for Fall 2020 Extended

In light of evolving information about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Columbia has extended the transfer application deadline to Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

Transfer Admissions Deadline Extended to March 9

The application deadline for transfer applicants has been extended until Monday, March 9.

Estimate Your Net Cost using the MyinTuition Calculator

An education at Columbia is more affordable than you think. The MyinTuition tool can help you anticipate your college costs and estimate your eligibility for need-based scholarships. 

Columbia Supports Undergraduate Well-Being through Live Well | Learn Well Initiative

Live Well | Learn Well aims to create a campus culture that values and promotes individual well-being and a healthy community for undergraduates at Columbia University, and offers a website that serves as a resource for students.

Frequently Asked Questions by Regular Decision Applicants

We receive many emails from students after they submit their application to Columbia, so we’ve gathered the following information to help answer questions and reduce some of the stress that applicants may be feeling.

Admissions Office Closed from December 23 to January 2

Columbia Undergraduate Admissions and the University's Visitors Center will be closed starting at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, December 23, 2019, in observance of the winter holidays. Both will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 

Early Decision Release Information

We are nearing the end of our first-year Early Decision application review and plan to post all decisions online on Thursday, December 12, 2019, after 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Connect with Us on Social Media

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Undergraduate Admissions is on Social Media! Follow us to learn more about life at Columbia and the application process.

Early Decision Deadline Update for Impacted Applicants

We want to assure applicants impacted by this fall's wildfires in California, tornadoes in Texas or the teachers strike in Chicago Public Schools of our commitment to flexibility.

Columbia Art Installation Discusses Climate Change

A centerpiece of Columbia’s Year of Water programming is WATERLICHT, a site-wide, large-scale light installation by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde. Propelled by LED lights and lenses, WATERLICHT illuminates the power and poetry of water, while bringing awareness to both the overabundance and scarcity of Earth’s most precious resource.

Professor of English and Comparative Literature Wins MacArthur Fellowship

Sadiya Hartman, a scholar of African American literature and cultural history and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, was awarded the "genius" grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Butler Banner Project Adds Female Authors to Columbia Library

Starting in early October, a banner bearing the names of eight women writers will be unfurled on the façade of Butler Library based on an artifact in the Libraries’ collections and a historic campus event. The exhibition will be on display through December 2019.

Applications Available for Fall 2020 Admission

The Common Application and the Coalition Application for Fall 2020 admission are now live for first-year applicants. Transfer applicants may use the Coalition Application.

Upcoming Admissions Office Closures

Starting on Friday, June 14 through Friday, August 16, Columbia Undergraduate Admissions and the Visitors Center will close on Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. 

Students Produce 125th Varsity Show

The full-length student-produced musical is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition.

2015 Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia Engineering’s Class Day will feature Ben Horowitz '88CC, cofounder and partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Columbia College’s Class Day will include an address by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’92CC.

Columbia Engineering Class Day Speaker

"Iron Chef" Judy Joo SEAS'97 delivers keynote speech at Columbia Engineering's Class Day

Columbia's 10th Annual World Leaders Forum

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Guests include Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, NBC News Correspondent Ann Curry and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.

2014 Class Day Speakers Announced

Columbia Engineering’s Class Day will feature Jon Oringer '99SEAS, founder and chief executive officer of Shutterstock Inc. Columbia College’s Class Day will include an address by acclaimed actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman '89CC.

Columbia Launches Presidential Global Fellowship

Funded by a generous grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship program is a new opportunity that offers first-year undergraduates the chance to apply for funding for a Columbia summer study abroad program.

Columbia Throws "Pajama Party" for Higgs Particle Announcement

Faculty members, students and friends gathered to experience one of the biggest developments in particle physics.

Columbia Professor Nominated for Emmy

Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos" nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award.

New Educational Building Planned for Medical Center Campus

Artist's Rendering of New Education Building
The Medical Center has released architectural plans for its new education building in Washington Heights.

Students Make Core Curriculum Texts Their Own

The winners of the 2018 Core Scholars Program reanalyze, reinterpret, and remake some of the seminal works read in Columbia’s signature Core.

World Science Festival in New York City

The World Science Festival is an annual event hosted in New York City, co-founded by Columbia professor Brian Greene. The festival aims to make complex scientific concepts accessible, as well as fun, to the public. 

Columbia Startup Lab

New York is home to over 7,000 startups. In just five years, Columbia Startup Lab has made an impact on that growing ecosystem with more than 250 startups and some 350 entrepreneurs, all Columbia graduates. 

New York City and Career Exploration

The Center for Career Education works with students to explore career options, prepare for internships and jobs, and build connections across fields. Columbia students can take advantage of living in New York as early as their first year through programs such as the Columbia Exploration Externship program. 

Engineering Professor Hosts TV Show

Mechanical Engineering Professor and former Astronaut Mike Massimino, SEAS '84, hosts the series "The Planets" on Science Channel.

Columbia Visits You

Columbia Undergraduate Admissions travels extensively to introduce Columbia University to prospective students. See if we will be in your area soon.

Regular Decision Application Tracking Now Available

Admissions online document tracking for Regular Decision First-Year applicants is now available.

New Interdisciplinary Science Hub at Columbia Now Open

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center, home to the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, opened on Columbia's new Manhattanville campus in fall of 2017.

Campus Visits Suspended During Winter Break

Information Sessions, Campus Tours, and Class Visits will not be available from Wednesday, November 21, until Tuesday, January 22, due to Final Exams and Winter Break. Visitors are welcome to use our mobile-friendly Virtual Tour as a supplement to self-guided tours during that time.

Columbia College Alumni Find Continued Success on Broadway

From the revival of Tony Kushner's CC'78 Angels in America to Tom Kitt's CC'96 work as Musical Producer for Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical, Columbia College alumni are finding continued success on broadway.

Exploring a Global Education

Owen Monroe '20CC discusses the impact that his experience abroad had on his approach to the study of culture and the arts.

Columbia and The Museum of Modern Art Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

The vast archives of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright will become part of their permanent collections.

Nine Columbia Students, Alumni Receive Fulbrights

Nine recently graduated seniors and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. student grants. The Fulbright will allow them to undertake individually-designed international research and study projects or teach primary and secondary school in English-language classrooms in six different countries.

New Event Series Addresses Intersections of Arts and Science

CUriosity3 is a public seminar program addressing the intersection between Arts and Science with a view to start interesting discussions and debate around the common ground of creative practice and scientific discovery.

Two CC Sophomores Win 2012 Critical Language Scholarships

Sahrula Kubie CC’14 and Shamm Petros CC’14 were among the 10 Columbia students awarded 2012 Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) by the US Department of State.

Five More Columbia Students, Alumni Receive Fulbrights

Columbia's total count of winners of the international prize this year is now seven.

Columbia Alumnus Debuts Opera at Met

Nico Muhly, CC’03 composed “Two Boys,” which recently made its American debut. At 32, he is the youngest person to have an opera commissioned by the Met.

Columbia Faculty to Participate in 2013 World Science Festival

The annual event, co-founded by Brian Greene, professor of mathematics and physics, offers lectures and programs on cutting-edge science.

Columbia University and City Officials Mark Opening of Columbia Startup Lab

Collaborating with WeWork Soho West, the Columbia Startup Lab has been structured to offer the networking opportunities, meet-ups, and personal introductions essential to startup ventures.

Columbia Undergraduates Host 'Spaceposium'

The Columbia Space Initiative hosted their second-annual "Spaceposium" to share their creations aimed at furthering space exploration.

Applicants May Now Self-Report ACT and SAT Test Scores

In an effort to make our application process more accessible and affordable, Columbia will accept self-reported test scores for the ACT and the SAT.


Office Closure and Campus Visits Cancelled Wednesday, March 21

Due to weather conditions, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the University’s Visitors Center will be closed on Wednesday, March 21. Information sessions and campus tours are also cancelled. Visitors are encouraged to use our Virtual Tour to learn more about Columbia.

Early Decision Application Tracking Now Available

Admissions online document tracking for Early Decision First-Year applicants is now available. Online document tracking will be available in February for Regular Decision applicants.

Lina Puerta's Miller Theatre Commission

Colombian-American artist Lina Puerta shares a piece from her "Botánico Series" as the latest installation in Miller Theatre’s lobby.

Columbia Athlete Reflects on Gold Medal Experience

Emily Surloff ’19CC, a member of the Columbia University Women’s Basketball team, participated in the Maccabiah games this summer in Israel and reflects on her experiences and what it is like to win gold.

Columbia Alum Discusses Medical Career as New York Yankees Team Doctor

Former Columbia Men's soocer All-Ivy League honoree and current New York Yankees team physician Christopher Amhad is featured in the latest Columbia Magazine.

Men's Cross Country Earns Top 10 National Ranking

Columbia is ranked first in the Ivy League as the men's and women's teams head to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship.

Columbia Men’s Basketball beats Villanova by 18

Victory marks the first time the Lions (3-1) defeated a BIG EAST squad since November 30, 1985, when Columbia beat Seton Hall, 85-65.

Heavyweight, Lightweight Rowers Named to IRA Academic Team

A total of 19 members of the Columbia heavyweight and lightweight rowing teams earned 2017 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) All-Academic Team honors.

Columbia Athletics

Explore team rosters, schedules, stats, and more from your favorite Columbia Lions varsity sports teams!

Men's Basketball Picks Up NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

The Columbia men’s basketball program received The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award. These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season.

Men's Basketball Team Wins Second Round in Tournament

Columbia won 69-56 against Eastern Michigan in the Postseason Tournament on Saturday, March 22.

Columbia Engineering Alumnus Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics

Alvin E. Roth, SEAS '71, is second in Columbia Engineering's history to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.

2 Columbia Professors Win MacArthur "Genius" Grants

Professors Terry A. Plank and Maria Chudnovsky are among the 23 MacArthur Fellows named for 2012.

Columbia Engineering Launches 150th Anniversary Website

Highlights include a timeline of achievements, time capsule presentations, videos, events and memories submitted by students, alumni, and faculty.

Columbia Scientist Earns Excellence in Mentoring Award

Chemistry Professor Gerard Parkin was named by President Obama as a recipient of the prestigious award.

President's Statement on the University's Sustainability Principles

President Lee C. Bollinger reveals the institution's new sustainability principles during a period of active discussion about whether the University should divest its endowment holdings in some or all fossil fuel companies.

Explore Columbia's Undergraduate Student Publications

Science students have the opportunity to contribute to various student publications that strive to increase knowledge and awareness of science and technology in the Columbia community.

Faculty Q&A with Assistant Professor of Statistics

John Cunningham's research integrates machine learning, a fairly new and rapidly growing field of data science and artificial intelligence, with neuroscience.

Alumni Featured in Forbes "30 Under 30"

Several Columbians earned the distinction of being named to the 2017 Forbes Magazine "30 Under 30," highlighting their achievements in medicine, policy, game design and law.

Plan Your Visit

The Columbia University Visitors Center offers information sessions and campus tours for prospective students and families. Prospective students and families visiting Columbia’s campus can also use our mobile-friendly virtual tour as a supplement to self-guided tours.

Admissions and Financial Aid Policies for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students applying to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering will now be eligible for the same need-blind admissions and financial aid policies as US Citizens and permanent residents.

Visiting Columbia

The Columbia University Visitors Center offers information sessions and campus tours for prospective students and families.

Columbia Faculty Members Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Several professors at Columbia, in disciplines ranging from dance to history to writing, were awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2014, based on their distinguished achievement and exceptional future promise.

Columbia Engineering Launches 150th Anniversary Website

Highlights include a timeline of achievements, time capsule presentations, videos, events and memories submitted by students, alumni, and faculty.

Columbia students receive 2014 Presidential Global Fellowships

Funded by a generous grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship program provided funding for 12 first-year undergraduates to participate in a Columbia summer study abroad program.

Columbia Alumni Win Academy Awards

Disney's Frozen, written and co-directed by alumna Jennifer Lee (SOA '05), won two Academy Awards—Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. Alumna Dede Gardner (CC '91) co-produced Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, which received nine nominations in all.

Faculty Member Wins 2013 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Jeffrey Milarsky, distinguished musician, scholar, teacher and conductor, is the recipient of the 2013 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music.

Annual Series Brings International Speakers to Campus

President Bollinger hosts the annual World Leaders Forum, and welcomes Presidents from Senegal, Chile, Estonia and more.

Columbians Named 2013 MacArthur Fellows

Donald Antrim, Associate Professor at the School of the Arts and Alumnus Carl Haber (CC '80, GSAS '82, '83, '85) are amongst the honorees for the annual “Genius Grant.”

Columbia Engineering Women's Forum

Young women who are interested in engineering and applied science are invited to this event on Monday, September 30.

Research Opportunities

Discover how undergraduates take advantage of being a part of one of the finest research institutions in the world.

Clubs and Organizations

Explore the over 500 different opportunities to explore, to grow, to lead and to share at Columbia.

Columbia College Alumnus Elected Mayor of Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti, CC ’92, will be the city’s youngest top official in modern history and the first elected Jewish mayor.

Columbia University Science and Engineering Master Classes

These programs give you the unique opportunity to learn first-hand why some of the world’s most accomplished students with an interest in engineering and science choose to study with Columbia faculty.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti to Speak at Columbia

Laurent Lamothe delivered an address as part of the World Leaders Forum series. The event was streamed live on April 22nd.

Women's Tennis Earns First Ivy League Title

The team is 6-1 after recent victories against Penn and Princeton.

Faculty Members Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the 2013 Guggenheim Fellows in April, including eight Columbia professors.

Columbia Global Center Opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate international collaborations, research projects, academic programming and study abroad.

Student Group Performs for White House Visitors

Uptown Vocal, an on-campus jazz a cappella group, was invited to sing for visitors touring the White House as part of its holiday performance series.

World Leaders Forum Event on Future of Europe

The discussion featured speakers including George Soros and Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor and Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought.

Student Performing Arts Group Featured in Magazine

Columbia Ballet Collaborative will appear in the March issue of Dance Magazine.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs Featured in The New York Times

Professor Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, shares how he spends his free time in the “Sunday Routine” column.

Columbia College Alumnus Awarded 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D, Ph.D., an alumnus of Columbia College and Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Two Columbia Professors Win Lasker Foundation Awards for Their Work in Biological Sciences

Since the inception of the Lasker Awards in 1945, 81 Lasker laureates have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, 29 in the last two decades.

New Admissions Website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia University is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website.

Columbia Engineering Professor Awarded NSF Grant

Computer Science Professor Steven Nowick has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Columbia Faculty Featured on C-SPAN's Book TV

Peter Slen spent the day interviewing ten professors about their books, with discussion topics ranging from Iraq to climate change to Occupy Wall Street.

Columbia Marks 258th Year

Founded on July 12, 1754, as King's College, Columbia highlights our 258 years of history.

Alumna Directs Documentary on College Admissions

"First Generation" follows four low-income high school students during their college search.

Faculty Members Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

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The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows in April, including eight Columbia professors.