Columbia University (NY)

Columbia University (NY)

Deadline

Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016

Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

 

Common Application

Yes 

Common Application Essays:    

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Supplemental Essay Questions: 

  • What aspect of the Columbia community, outside of the classroom, would you most want to impact and why? (150 words or less)
  • List the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)
  • List the titles of the books you read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)
  • List the titles of the print, electronic publications and websites you read regularly. (150 words or less)
  • List the titles of the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainments you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)
  • Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
  • For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or less)
  • For applicants to The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. (300 words or less)


Coalition Application

Yes

Coalition Application Essays:

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution. 
  • Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

School Specific Essay (to be updated)


Documents Required:

  • Application and Supplement (Submit ONLY ONE Application)
  • $85 Application Fee or Waiver 
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • 2 Teacher Evaluations
  • SAT (w/o writing) or ACT (w/o writing) - Super score policy for both tests
  • TOEFL (100 min) or IELTS (7.0 min)


Other Information:
Address: Columbia University in the City of New York
              Office of Undergraduate Admissions
              212 Hamilton Hall, Mail Code 2807
              1130 Amsterdam Avenue
              New York, NY 10027

Phone: 212-854-2522 (Admission Office)
Fax: 212-854-3393 

Email: ugrad-ask@columbia.edu
Application Info:
http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/admissions/ 

SAT/ TOEFL Code: 2116
ACT codes:
 2717 - Columbia College; 2719 - Columbia Engineering.
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