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COLLEGE PROFILE

Columbia University

New York, NY

FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Entrance Difficulty
Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.
High School Preparation
High School GraduationHigh school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School ProgramCollege preparatory program is required
High School Units Required or Recommended
SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English 4
Mathematics 4
Science 4
Foreign Language 4
Social Studies  
History 4
Academic Electives 4
Examinations
ExamScores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT  
SAT Only  
ACT Only  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACTRequiredFebruary 1
SAT Subject Tests Only 
ACT Writing Test PolicyWriting component required
Use of SAT/ACT EssayNot reported

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Admissions Office
Address116th Street and Broadway
City, State, ZipNew York, NY  10027
Phone(212) 854-2522
Fax 
E-mailugrad-ask@columbia.edu
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Application Fee$85
Application Fee WaiverAvailable
Regular Admission NotificationApril 1
Accept Offer of AdmissionBy May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List UsedYes
Defer AdmissionStudent can defer admission
Transfer AdmissionTransfer applications accepted
Early Admission
Early Decision OfferedYes
Early Decision DeadlineNovember 1
Early Decision NotificationDecember 15
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Action Deadline 
Early Action Notification 
Application Form
Common ApplicationAccepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College ApplicationNot accepted
Electronic Application Available
Other Application Requirements
InterviewNot required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
3 required for all freshmen
OtherSAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests or ACT required for freshmen
Financial NeedFinancial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Rigor of Secondary School RecordX
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Class RankX
RecommendationsX
EssayX
InterviewX
Level of Applicant's InterestX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Volunteer WorkX
Particular
Talent/Ability
X
Character/Personal QualitiesX
First Generation to Attend CollegeX
State ResidencyX
Geographic ResidenceX
Relation with AlumnusX
Religious Affiliation/ CommitmentX
EthnicityX
Work ExperienceX

PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION

Overall Admission Rate7% of 31,851 applicants were admitted
   Women7% of 17,165 applicants were admitted
   Men8% of 14,686 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled1,415 (60%) of 2,362 admitted students enrolled
   Women697 (61%) of 1,141 admitted students enrolled
   Men718 (59%) of 1,221 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate20% of 3086 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate 
Students Offered Wait List 
Students Accepting Wait List Position 
Students Admitted From Wait List 
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPANot reported
3.75 and AboveNot reported
3.50 - 3.74Not reported
3.25 - 3.49Not reported
3.00 - 3.24Not reported
2.50 - 2.99Not reported
2.00 - 2.49Not reported
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math700-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
76%
Score of 600 - 700
22%
Score of 500 - 600
2%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading690-780 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
73%
Score of 600 - 700
24%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Writing690-780 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
73%
Score of 600 - 700
24%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite31-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
85%
Score of 24 - 29
15%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class Rank 
National Merit ScholarNot reported
ValedictorianNot reported
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
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CLASS OF 2019 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M CR W  
Average 3.80 4.24 695 688 684 31
Low 2.00 2.00 200 200 200 12
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 36
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