Columbia University

Columbia University

Academic Programs

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Language and Culture
  • Government/Political Science
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Community Service
  • Dance
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Theater
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


We ask first-year applicants to submit the Common Application, Coalition Application or QuestBridge Application with Columbia-specific questions, a secondary school report, two teacher recommendations and optional SAT or ACT scores (self-reported). The admissions process at Columbia is a holistic one, which means that every part of the application matters to help inform our judgment.


To be eligible to enroll as a transfer student at Columbia, an applicant must have completed, or be registered for, 24 points of credit (the equivalent of one year of full-time study) at another institution, as well as have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (by the application deadline). Candidates with more than four semesters of college coursework elsewhere are not encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

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The best things of the moment were outside the rectangle of Columbia; the best things of all human history and thought were inside. You could spend four years in an unforgettably exciting and improving alternation between two realms of magic. That doubled magic is lasting me a lifetime.

Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, 1934
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Admissions office

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212 Hamilton Hall, MC 2807, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027, United States of America

Phone number

(212) 854-2522