Deadline Flexibility for Students Affected by Extenuating Circumstances

We understand that students personally affected by natural disasters, community or personal disturbances or other extenuating circumstances this fall may have challenges in completing their applications on time; they are invited to email us at if their application will be arriving late.

Additionally, we will accept supporting documentation from your school after the deadline without the need for counselors or teachers to request an extension. If school officials are unable to submit application materials through the Coalition Application or Common Application systems, they can send them either by email to or by mail to the address listed below.

Given the disruption that families and communities face in the aftermath of significant turmoil, we hope this flexibility helps to relieve some of the stress and anxiety students, families and educators might be feeling. 

Please do feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about the first-year application process at if we can be of further assistance. We want to assure you that we are committed to working with students who wish to apply to Columbia.