Columbia University requires all freshman students to apply online, using either The Coalition Application or The Common Application. ACT/SAT scores, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations, and a Secondary school record is required for all applications, although Secondary school GPA, and Secondary school rank is also recommended. Undergraduates can expect a fee of $85 and graduates, $115.

Students who apply for early action are obligated to accept the offer of admission (though release is possible for financial reasons). These applications are due by November 1st, with decisions made by mid-December. Regular applications are due on January 1st with responses in late March.

Every application received by the university is carefully reviewed by a committee. Members look for academic records, an SAT combined score of 1,440 - 1,570 (or ACT Composite score of 33 - 35), extracurricular activities, achievements, and personal background. No student will be admitted without discussion. Every year 43,000 applications are received, with an acceptance rate of 5. 63 or 1,470 will go on to select Columbia University as their home and school of choice for the next four years.

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Student ACT Scores

25th %
75th %



Student SAT Scores

25th %
75th %



First-Year Admission Statistics

Application, Acceptance, Enrollment Statistics from the 2019 Admissions Cycle
Applications
42,823
Male 19,362
Female 23,461

 

Acceptance
2,334
Male 1,161
Female 1,173

 

Enrollment Total
1,470
Male 725
Female 744


Acceptance Rate
5.5%
Male
6%
Female
5%

 

Yield
63%
Male
62.4%
Female
63.4%


Application Fees and Other Information

Application Fees

Undergraduate

$85


Graduate

$115



Credit from AP or Pre-college classes

  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits

    Admission considerations

    Required

    Admission test scores
    Completion of college-preparatory program
    Recommendations
    Secondary school record


    Recommended

    Secondary school GPA
    Secondary school rank

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