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Columbia University

New Yrok, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate4%

About Columbia

Columbia University is a prestigious Ivy League institution in New York City. Columbia is ranked as one of the top universities in the world and is known for its highly-selective admissions process and strong academics. 

Columbia faculty are distinguished in their fields and are renowned scholars and researchers who are actively contributing to their disciplines. Through student opportunities such as research, discussions, events, and more, students can gain valuable skills through their studies at Columbia. The university offers a wide range of popular programs including economics, political science, computer science, biology, and English. 

The atmosphere at Columbia University can be described as lively and intellectually stimulating. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves in all areas. This means that students often engage in academic debates, independent research, interdisciplinary projects and other forms of academic exploration. For example, Columbia offers dual degree programs, collaborative research projects that span multiple fields of study, hackathons, and collaborative clubs and organizations. 

Columbia competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Ivy League conference. Some of the most competitive sports at Columbia include football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis, and swimming. Club sports are also very popular at Columbia, providing students with opportunities to compete at a more casual level. 

Did You Know?

The Columbia Spectator, Columbia’s student newspaper, is one of the oldest college newspapers in the US. The newspaper was started in 1877 and has been continuously released ever since. The Spectator is completely student-run without any influence or interference by the university administration. 

What the CC Community is saying about Columbia

"Campus life itself is pretty quiet. There’s plenty to do, but the big nightlife areas for young people are in Midtown, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn – somewhere between 20 minutes and an hour away. The Columbia neighborhood is more about restaurants than bars, and fairly conducive to studying."

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Columbia University is a private, nonprofit university in the city of New Yrok, New York. Columbia was founded in 1754. The university currently enrolls around 6,668 students a year, including 6,688 undergraduates.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Columbia University

It is extremely difficult to get into Columbia. In 2022, Columbia accepted 4% of applicants. In 2022, 60,374 students applied to Columbia and 2,255 were admitted.

Columbia University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 4%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 12%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional May require tests
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 45%

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College Info

212 Hamilton Hall MC2807 1130 Amsterdam Ave 2960 Broadway New Yrok, NY 10027

Campus Setting: Urban

Columbia Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Columbia is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Columbia is Mar 1.

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Columbia University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Columbia SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1500 - 1560


Math SAT Range

770 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 780

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1560 and Above


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1500 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Columbia students is 1524. Applicants with SAT scores of 1560 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Columbia, while applicants with SAT scores between 1500 to 1560 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1500 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Columbia.

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Wondering what life at Columbia is like? There are approximately 6,668 students enrolled at Columbia, including 6,688 undergraduate students and -20 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 21% percent are from NY and 79% percent of students are from other states.


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