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Columbia - Admissions Committee Requirements

Admission to Columbia is not based on a simple formula of grades and test scores. A variety of factors are considered including: grades, extracurricular interests, achievements and personal background.

Columbia follows a committee-based strategy; no candidate is admitted to Columbia College or Engineering without discussion and examination of the application by multiple officers.


Factors In choosing an applicant?

A variety of factors help the committee make a decision on a candidate including:


  • Grades

  • Who The candidiate is (family circumstances, secondary school, community, interests and access to resources)

  • Activities Outside of the classroom

  • The candidates character or personality, does it fit in columbias culture, diverse, residential campus.

  • Doesnt the candidate fit the whole Ivy League school philosphy where curious thinkers come to grow.

  • Teacher Recommendations.


Advice from Students


“Columbia is amazing! Don’t worry about fitting in here because even if you stand out, you will find a community.”

Jake O.; Accra, Ghana; History, African Studies


As an international student, I must encourage students from abroad to come to Columbia to pursue their academic goals. Situated in New York City, it is a great place to not only learn about American culture but also to find other international peers.


Marek S.; Slusovice, Czech Republic; Neuroscience and Behavior




First Year Admissions:

Application Requirements

  • Application Requirements

    Explore the requirements for first-year admission to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering.

  • Required Standardized

    TestingDetails on the standardized tests required for admission, which vary by school and applicant.

  • Interviews

    Interviews, when available, are conducted by alumni volunteers around the world and are not required for admission to Columbia.


Get answers from a Private College Admissions Consultant Call: 1-800-820-4023

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