Supplementary Materials

We encourage you to convey the breadth and depth of your extra-curricular pursuits within the activities section of your admission application, including the full name of each organization in which you participate and, if appropriate, a brief description of your involvement. While we request that the volume of supplementary credentials be kept to a minimum, there may be occasions where such credentials provide valuable information that the standard application does not. If you plan to submit supplementary credentials, please follow the instructions below. Please note that supplements are not a required part of our admissions process.

We specifically ask that you do not send collections of awards or certificates, and we explicitly direct that you refrain from submitting or mailing any type of supplementary materials in binders or folders. Do not send CDs, DVDs or hard copies of any materials, as they will not be reviewed. 

If you feel it is necessary to provide additional information, you may submit a PDF of your resume as part of the Columbia-specific questions in either the Common Application or the Coalition Application, where we allow for the submission of professional resumes. Should you wish to share samples of your work that may be viewed online, clearly indicate the relevant links in the additional information section of your admission application. 

Finally, please be advised that while we welcome the submission of such credentials, we can provide no guarantee that all materials will be reviewed or evaluated, as they are not required for the admission process.

Early Decision applicants must submit their supplements by November 1 and Regular Decision applicants must submit their supplements by January 1.

Science, Engineering and Other Academic Research

If you have completed research with a faculty member or mentor in science, engineering or other academic disciplines (e.g., humanities, social sciences or languages), you are welcome to provide a one or two page abstract as a supplement to your application. You may upload your abstract in the Columbia-specific questions to the Common Application or in the Uploads page of the Coalition Application.

If you are submitting an abstract, you will also be asked to answer a few short questions on the duration of your research involvement, your specific role in and contributions to the research project, and contact information of your research mentor. This will help us better understand your specific research experience beyond what you may have already included in your other application materials.

We also welcome a letter of recommendation from your research mentor, who can send the letter via email to ugrad-confirm@columbia.edu, via fax to 212-854-3393, or via mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Artistic Talents and Performance

Students may wish to submit artistic portfolios if they intend to bring their considerable talent in the arts to Columbia’s campus either through a major or through our robust extra-curricular opportunities. Most students who choose to submit an artistic portfolio have achievements at the state, national or international level related to their craft and have devoted a significant amount of time and energy to their art form(s). Please note that students are able to participate in the arts communities of Columbia regardless of supplement submissions or majors.

Arts supplements are entirely optional and not required for the admissions process. Live auditions are not part of Columbia’s admissions process, but auditions for private lessons, selective ensembles, troupes and various productions are held for enrolled students at the start of each academic year.

Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Film, Music and Visual Arts supplements can be submitted through SlideRoom, an online platform that allows applicants to send digital materials to the admissions office. SlideRoom can be accessed through the CommonApp or Coaliton Application. On the Common Application or Coalition Application, please indicate your intention to submit an arts supplement in Columbia’s member questions; you will then be provided a link to begin your supplement through our SlideRoom portal. Please be sure to select the program within SlideRoom that aligns with the application (Coalition Application or Common Application) that you are submitting.

Each SlideRoom submission incurs a fee, listed in each program below. SlideRoom fee waivers are automatically provided for all applicants receiving a Common Application fee waiver through the Common Application system. If you wish to apply using the Coalition app and will require a fee waiver for your SlideRoom supplement, please email ugrad-slideroom@columbia.edu directly.

Architecture

Digital images will be accepted as .jpg, .gif or .png files, up to 5 MB each. 3D models may be submitted via Sketchfab. Students submitting an architecture supplement should select up to 10 digital images or models that highlight the best work in their portfolio.
 
A processing fee of $10 will be required at the time of submission.

Creative Writing

Students should submit a professional résumé listing their creative writing achievements as well as a sample of their work up to five pages in any of the following areas: poetry, short stories and/or excerpts from novels. Please do not submit journalism samples or full books.

A processing fee of $5 will be required at the time of submission.

Dance

A video of dance accomplishments must be no more than 250MB and between four and six minutes in length. We require that students also list their name, title of the piece, choreographer, composer/music title and place and date of performance. 

Students should also submit a professional résumé listing their dance achievements. 

A processing fee of $5 will be required at the time of submission.

Drama and Theatre Arts

Students should submit a professional résumé listing their drama and theatre achievements as well as one of the following:

  • A video, no more than 10 minutes in total length, highlighting theatrical performance, directing, design and/or playwriting.
  • A document in .pdf format, up to 15 pages, of either a theatre script or a portfolio demonstrating contributions in design (such as scenic, costume, lighting or sound fields). Students should provide descriptions of individual images and/or additional information as necessary.

A processing fee of $5 will be required at the time of submission.

Film

Students should submit a professional résumé listing their film achievements as well as one of the following:

  • A video, no more than 15 minutes in total length highlighting film work from one or multiple productions.
  • A document in .pdf format, up to 15 pages, of a screenplay.

A processing fee of $5 will be required at the time of submission.

Music

We ask that students select two works contrasting in period and tempo, and choose from one of three possible types of submissions:

  • orchestral instruments (specify instrument);
  • jazz (specify instrument or composition) or world music;
  • piano, voice, non-orchestral instruments (e.g. classical guitar) or composition (score or recording of score).

We require that students also list the composer, title of the work and movement title or opus number. The total length of recordings should not exceed 20 minutes and should not include any biographical or introductory material. Recordings should be as clear as possible. Students will have the opportunity to indicate the time ranges for any highlighted portions of their recordings.

Audio materials will be accepted as .mp3 or SoundCloud files. Composition scores may be submitted as .pdf files. A processing fee of $5 will be required at the time of submission.

Students are asked to limit themselves to one music supplement. If they have significant talent in more than one area within music performance or composition they are asked to select their primary area of focus as their supplement.

Columbia College candidates applying to the Columbia-Juilliard Program should submit materials so that Columbia faculty may assess their talent and potential.

Visual Arts

Digital images will be accepted as .jpg, .gif or .png files, up to 5 MB each. Students submitting a visual arts supplement should select up to 20 digital images that highlight the best work in their portfolio. Live portfolio reviews are not part of Columbia’s admissions process.

A processing fee of $10 will be required at the time of submission.