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Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
7,236
Tuition
$47,246
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Applicant Status At Columbia University

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Admissions Statistics

Overall Admissions Statistics
Total Applicants:34,810
Male Applicants:16,039
Female Applicants:18,771
Total Acceptances:2,418
Male Acceptances:1,257
Female Acceptances:1,161
Acceptance Rate:7%
Yield: ? 58%
Contact Admissions
Phone:(212) 854-2522
Email:ugrad-ask@columbia.edu
Web Site:www.columbia.edu/content/admissions.html
Application Information
Open Admissions:No
Common Application:Yes
Application Fee:$80
Application Web Site:admissions.columbia.edu
Dates To Know Deadline Notification
Early DecisionNovember 1December 15
Regular Decision January 1 April 1
Must-Reply-By May 1
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Freshmen Enrollment Statistics
Total Freshmen Enrollment:1,391
Full-Time Male Enrollment:738
Full-Time Female Enrollment:653
Part-Time Male Enrollment:0
Part-Time Female Enrollment:0
Waitlist Statistics
Applicants Placed: ? 2,017
Applicants Accepting: ? 1,504
Students Enrolled: ? 45
Transfer Statistics
Applications Received:1,339
Applicants Accepted:106
Students Enrolled:70

Standardized Tests Statistics

Standardized Test Scores Critical Reading Math Writing Composite (out of)
SAT (25th - 75th Percentile) 700 - 780 700 - 790 700 - 790 2100 - 2360 (2400)
ACT (25th - 75th Percentile) 33 - 35 32 - 35 8 - 10 32 - 35 (36)
General Statistics
Top 10% of HS Class:92%
SAT/ACT Required:SAT required
Students Submitting SAT:90%
Students Submitting ACT:30%
SAT Subject Test Requirements
For Columbia College, the writing test and any other two are required. For the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Writing test, any mathematics test, and either Physics or Chemistry are mandatory.

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Tips for Getting In
  • Do well academically.
  • Don't be afraid to show your personality and share your passions in your application.
  • Give back-Columbia loves seeing volunteer work on an application.
  • Stick with your extracurriculars, especially those relevant to your potential career or major.
  • Write a great, personal, unique essay.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • Befriend your professors. Most of them are incredibly excited about their field, and their enthusiasm can be a positive influence on you, especially if you're losing motivation.
  • Columbia is an intimidating place. A lot of kids have a hard time settling in at Columbia because there's a feeling that everyone else knows what's going on when you don't. It's a lie-nobody knows what's going on at Columbia; everyone just makes it up.
  • Invest in a fake ID. Even if you don't drink, you'll probably need it to get into clubs and music venues, and it will make life a lot easier.
  • New York is absolutely the most expensive place you could ever go to college, and fun has a pretty big price tag. Flip some extra burgers before the summer ends; you'll need some cash lying around.
  • The Core Curriculum takes up a lot of time, but it's worth every second. You will spend two years fulfilling your core requirements, but you'll be a better person when you're done. And a lot smarter.
  • The Media Center in Butler Library is packed during midterms and finals. Reserve course materials are easy to come by at any other time of the semester, but not at finals time. If you need to watch a film for a class or read a book on reserve, make sure you give yourself enough time to access necessary materials. Waiting until the last minute is never a good idea during crunch time-procrastination is not an original idea.
  • While Columbia is a safe place to live and go to school, it is important to let people know where you will be. Let a friend know if you will be staying out all night. While this may sound silly, it's good to know that someone will know if you are missing.
  • While Columbia is good about accepting up to 60 transferable credits, the administration is very picky about what classes live up to "Columbia standards." Double check with advisers to make sure that your transferable math and humanities classes fill Columbia's specific needs. You don't want to find out at the last minute that the "Renaissance Art" class you took at another college is not considered to be good enough.
Interviews & Information Sessions
Undergraduate information sessions and tours are offered Monday through Friday and some Saturdays. Information sessions are usually followed by tours. From September to November, tours and information sessions will be offered every Saturday morning. Interviews are not required for admission, but may be arranged off-site with Columbia alumni. Contact the admissions office at (212) 854-2522 for more information.
Campus Tours
Visit the following site to see a calendar and schedule a Columbia tour: www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/admissions/calendar.php.
Overnight Visits
Overnight visits are available Monday through Thursday nights. This link will give you registration information for overnight visits: www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/admissions/visiting/classes.php. It is encouraged that you schedule two weeks in advance.
Did You Know?
Columbia offers "Days on Campus" every spring, during which accepted students stay with current students and get a feel for campus life for a weekend.
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