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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - ADMISSION

New York City, New YorkLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1754Established Year
  32429Enrollment

Columbia University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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Columbia University has the fourth-largest international student population in the country. It is one of the world's most reputed centers of learning and research for the last 250 years. According to the Fall 2018 survey, Columbia University got 40,203 applications and admitted 2,214 students from 152 countries in various undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs. 

As per the 2022 student profile, more than 90% of the admitted students were in the top 10% of their graduating class.

The university grants degrees in humanities and social sciences departments with more than 60 majors, proving itself as one of the best places to study in the USA. 

  • Graduate applicants have a separate application form for each program.
  • The application fee has to be paid via Visa or MasterCard or Discover or American Express Credit Card only.
  • For Ph.D., the students are also required to submit their GRE score, without which their application won’t be considered.
  • The admit rate for an M.D./Ph.D program is 84%

Highlights

Application PortalUG: Common application or/ Coalition application
PG: University website
Application FeeUG: 85 USD
PG: 85 – 250 USD
Acceptance Rate(Combined data for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, Class of 2022)5.5%
Average SAT Score1460-1550
Average ACT Score33-35
Mode of PaymentVisa/MasterCard, Discover/American Express Credit Card
Academic CalendarSemester-wise
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring, Summer
Financial AidAvailable, must be applied along with the admission application

Deadlines

The Regular decision application deadline for top universities in the USA is January 1, however, some postgraduate programs have different deadlines.

DateDeadlines
November 1Early Decision Applications
November 15Early Decision Financial Aid Applications
January 1Regular Decision Applications
February 15Regular Decision Financial Aid Applications

International admissions at Columbia University

International students have slightly different requirements for admission at Columbia University. They need to provide following documents to be eligible for admission at Columbia:

English Language Requirements for International Students

English Language Proficiency TestsMinimum Score Requirements
TOEFL iBT100
IELTS7.0
DET(Duolingo English Test)120 on the current DET or 75 prior to July 2019

Scores should be directly reported to Columbia University by the testing service.

Visa Process for International Students

In order to be able to study in the USA, students require a student visa. An I-20 form will be issued by the Columbia University to the student once they provide :

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE). 
  • Proof of financial resources 

Once Columbia University issues the I-20 form, students can proceed with either F-1 or J-1 student visa and SEVIS Fee payment. Students must then contact the US Embassy or consulate to learn about visa specifics and requirements.

Visa application includes the following general documents:

  • Copy of the Passport
  • Columbia Acceptance letter
  • I-20 form issued by Columbia University
  • Completed visa application
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Scholarship/Sponsorship Letter(If needed)
  • Immunization form
  • Health Examination Form

Once approved after the visa interview, a stamp will be issued on the passport.

Columbia University Undergraduate Admissions

The university offers various bachelors programs to international students in over 80 areas. Art History, Visual Arts, Applied Mathematics, Financial Economic, Data Science, Computer Science, Music And Information Science are some of the most popular choices.

Application Portal: Coalition Application or the Common Application

Application Fee: 85 USD

Academic Requirements: International applicants must include the following items required for Columbia University admissions:

  • Autobiographical information
  • A list of student's activities, achievements, employment etc
  • Personal essay
  • Official high-school transcripts, one recommendation from high school's counselor, school profile
  • Completed Mid-year report, SAT/ACT, English Proficiency scores(if required)
  • Teacher recommendations(from the teachers who taught you in the discipline)
  • For Engineering applicants, one letter should be from a science or maths teacher

Extra-curricular pursuits should be contained within the activities section of the admission application in a brief manner.

Supplementary Materials: Not require supplements for the Columbia University admission process. 

Columbia University Graduate Admissions

The university offers multiple graduate programs in the field of arts, science, business, medical, public affairs, journalism, professional studies, engineering, etc. International applicants must keep the following in mind before applying for admission at Columbia University graduate program:

Application Portal: Varies for each program

Application Fee: Varies for each program

Academic Requirements: Transcripts, Relevant undergraduate degree, SOP, LORs, Standardized tests score, and program specific additional requirements.

Supplementary Requirements: Science, Engineering and other Academic research work in the related field may provide an abstract in one or two page supplement.

Popular Graduate Programs offered by Columbia University

Some of the most preferred and highest paying programs by Columbia University are discussed below.

Columbia University MBA

Offered by Columbia Business School, Masters in Business administration is a program with one of the highest-paid graduate employability.

DeadlinesApril 10
Application Fee250 USD
Application PortalBusiness School Application Portal
RequirementsTranscripts, Two Letters of recommendations, Essays, Interview(by invite only)
Test Score RequirementsGMAT/GRE, TOEFL/IELTS

Columbia University Engineering

Engineering and Applied Science is an extremely coveted college for pursuing various masters, doctoral or certificate programs in Engineering.

DeadlinesFebruary 15 (Fall); October 1 (Spring)
Priority DeadlinesMS Financial Engineering- January 5
Dual MS, Computer Science- January 15
Civil Engineering- February 15
Application Fee85 USD
Application PortalColumbia Graduate Engineering Application
RequirementsRelevant bachelor's degree, Official transcripts, Three letters of recommendations, Personal statement, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Interview(if requested)
Test Score RequirementsGRE, TOEFL/IELTS/PTE

Columbia University Computer and Information Science

MS in Computer and Information science is a popular course for those who wish to enhance their knowledge about the discipline.

DeadlinesFall: Priority 1 – January 15; Priority 2- February 15
Spring: October 1
Application Fee85 USD
Application PortalColumbia FFSEAS Application System
RequirementsRelevant bachelor's degree, Official transcripts, Three letters of recommendations, Personal statement, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Interview(if requested)
Test score RequirementsGRE, TOEFL/IELTS/PTE

Columbia University Masters in Psychology

Columbia's Department of Psychology dates back to 1890 and continues to be one of the top choices for studying psychology in the world. 

DeadlinesInternational students must apply at least 12 weeks before the May 1 deadline
Application Fee115 USD
Application PortalColumbia GSAS Application Portal
RequirementsTranscripts, Three Letters of recommendation (Academic), SOP
Test score RequirementsGRE, TOEFL/IELTS

Most of the international students need to keep in mind the tests and exams required to study in the USA as well as if their program of choice has other requirements as well. Different departments may require varying test scores of varying exams. 

International students can also avail financial assistance through different types of financial aid available in the US.

Columbia admission office follows a holistic process, that is every part of the application needs to be kept in mind and provide relevant information that strengthens the candidate's case.

FAQs

Ques. When can International students expect an admission decision?

Ans. Decisions for Undergraduate Admissions

  • Early Decision Applicants: Must apply by November 1 and expect admission decisions by mid-December
  • Regular Decision Applicants: Must apply by January1 and expect admission decisions by late March

Decisions for Graduate Admissions vary, they are specified on the department website or after you have completed the application.

Ques. Does Columbia provide any financial assistance to international students?

Ans. Columbia University is need-aware of its international students. It does not provide any merit-based aid. However, it does provide need-based financial aid to international students who require it. Students who require financial aid must apply for it while submitting their application.

Ques. Does Columbia have a common graduate application deadline?

Ans. Columbia has varying deadlines for its various programs. International applicants must take special precaution to not confuse domestic deadlines with international. Most graduate programs have different deadlines and intake seasons.

Ques. Does Columbia provide any feedback for rejected applications?

Ans. No, Columbia University is unable to offer individual feedback to each applicant.

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