How to Get Into Columbia University: Key Admissions Requirements

May 24, 2024
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Columbia University is a top-ranked addition to any college list. Read on to learn about Columbia requirements, how to apply, tips for getting in, and more!

How to Get Into Columbia University

What do Barack Obama, Art Garfunkel, Allen Ginsberg, and Lou Gehrig all have in common? They all attended Columbia University! Aside from its many notable alumni, Columbia is a prestigious NYC university and one of the most selective Ivy League schools

Columbia is the birthplace of many incredible movements and technologies: the U.S.’ oldest literary magazine, the FM radio, the first college gay rights advocacy group, and the first Black student advocacy group on a multiracial campus. 

So, how can you get into Columbia? We’ll discuss Columbia’s admissions requirements and provide tips on how to get accepted.

Columbia University Requirements

To give yourself the best chance of getting into Columbia University, aim for 75th percentile scores: a 1560 on the SAT or a 35 on the ACT. Additionally, you should maintain a GPA higher than a 4.12. To elevate your application further, take challenging AP courses and build a strong extracurricular profile. 

Let’s dive into all of Columbia’s application requirements. We’ll outline elements like standardized testing scores, recommendation letters, essays, and more. 

Infographic outlining the requirements for Columbia University

Columbia accepts either the Coalition Application, the Common Application, or QuestBridge Application. 

You must complete an activities and achievements section, provide autobiographical information, and complete a personal statement. The deadline for Regular Decision is early January, and you should hear from Columbia in early May. You must then complete the following requirements to get into Columbia University: 

  • Supplemental essays 
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Standardized test scores
  • English Proficiency test scores (if applicable) 
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • $85 application fee or a fee waiver 
  • Supplementary materials (if applicable)

Letters of Recommendation 

Columbia requires three letters of recommendation; one from your high school counselor and two from your teachers. 

If you’re applying as an engineering major, Columbia requires a recommendation from your math or science teachers. If you’re applying for any other major, you can ask teachers from any subject for your recommendation letters for Columbia University. 

Columbia stipulates that your letters should provide “evidence of intellectual curiosity and promise, classroom and school and community participation, and overall potential for the candidate to make an impact at Columbia, in the classroom and beyond.”

Recommendation letters are a crucial requirement to get into Columbia University: they can provide admissions committees with better evidence of your future success than test scores. An ideal recommender is a teacher who knows you well inside and outside the classroom.

Supplementary Materials 

You should only submit supplementary materials if needed, as it’s an optional part of the admissions process. Yet, Columbia notes that “there may be occasions where such credentials provide valuable information that the standard application does not.” 

If you want to submit a creative portfolio or academic research, this is the place to do it. 

SAT Requirements 

Many universities use the SAT to determine if you’re ready for college. Columbia doesn’t set a minimum score requirement. However, the middle 50% range of composite SAT scores at Columbia is 1500 to 1560. If you want to be a competitive applicant, achieving scores near the higher end of this range is advisable. 

Nearly all successful Columbia applicants have SAT scores in the range of 1400-1600, so you should aim for an SAT score that’s as high as possible!

SAT Score Range Composite Score of Applicants
1400-1600 97%
1200-1399 3%
1000-1199 0%
800-999 0%
600-799 0%
400-599 0%

ACT Requirements 

Much like the SAT, the American College Test (ACT) is used to determine if your skills are ready for the rigor of college-level education. Admitted students at Columbia University had average ACT scores between 34 to 35. Again, while there is no minimum requirement, you should aim to score as high as possible

Almost all students who were admitted to Columbia had ACT scores above 30. To be a strong canddiate, you should aim for the highest ACT score you can. 

ACT Score Range Composite Score of Applicants
30-36 99%
24-29 1%
18-23 0%
12-17 0%
6-11 0%
Below 6 0%

Columbia doesn’t have a preference for either test and allows superscoring for both exams. So, the admissions committee will consider your highest testing results if you take either exam more than once. 

English Proficiency Testing 

If English is not your home language or the primary language of instruction used at your school, you need to fulfill Columbia’s English Language Proficiency requirement. To fulfill this English proficiency requirement, you must submit your scores from one of the following tests: 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) 

There is a minimum requirement for these tests; you must score at least 105 on the TOEFL, 7.5 on the IELTS, and 125 on the DET. 

Columbia University GPA Requirements

The average GPA of Columbia’s admitted students is 4.15. Columbia University’s average GPA is high; to put this in perspective, the average GPA of high school students is estimated to be around 3.2 to 3.4.

If you’re wondering what grades you need to get into Columbia University, you should strive for as close to a 4.0 as possible. To compete with the average GPA of Columbia’s applicant pool, it’s best to strive for high grades whenever possible. If you are worried about achieving such high grades, it can be helpful to schedule sessions with a tutor. 

Alternatively, you can find a private admissions consultant who can provide end-to-end college application counseling

Columbia University Extracurricular Activities Requirements

There are no set extracurricular activities at Columbia University you must participate in to apply or get accepted. However, the admissions committee does seek students they “believe will take the greatest advantage of the unique Columbia experience and will offer something meaningful in return to the community.” 

Your extracurricular activities are another opportunity to differentiate your application and demonstrate your community spirit, passion, and leadership capabilities—all qualities Columbia is looking for. 

Don’t forget to strive for quality over quantity. It’s better to participate in a few activities with significant time commitments that align with your passions and interests rather than many activities that don’t. 

Mary Banks, a Former Member of Columbia University's admissions committee, explains how applicants can use their application materials to craft the perfect Columbia application.

    Application Process and Deadlines

    Here’s an overview of the Columbia University application process.

    Deadline Early Decision Regular Decision
    Application Deadline November 1 (also the deadline for QuestBridge applicants) January 1
    Financial Aid Application Deadline November 15 February 15
    Decision Notification Mid-December Early April
    Response Deadline Early January May 1
    Enrollment Deferral Request Deadline May 15 May 15
    Final Transcript Due Late June Late June

    The deadline for Regular Decision applications is early January, and you should hear from Columbia in early April. Keep these dates in mind as you navigate the admissions timeline

    Early Decision Date

    Early November is the deadline for Early Decision applications, and you should hear back from the admissions committee in early January. 

    Columbia University Acceptance Rate

    Columbia is an extremely selective school. For the class of 2028, Columbia ​​received 60,248 applications and admitted just 2,319 students, meaning its acceptance rate is 3.85%

    Yield Rate

    A college’s yield rate is the percentage of admitted students who decide to enroll. Columbia’s most recent yield rate is about 66.5%.

    Early Decision Date Acceptance Rate

    Columbia receives thousands of Early Decision applications each year. For instance, Columbia received 5,738 Early Decision applications during the class of 2027 application cycle. 

    Of those applicants, only 650 students were accepted, meaning Columbia’s Early Decision acceptance rate is 11.3% for the class of 2027. Although Columbia’s Early Decision acceptance rate is higher than Regular Decision, the earlier round attracts the most competitive applicants. 

    What Does Columbia Look For in Students? 

    Columbia seeks to admit students who are a good fit for the school’s culture and community. Students who align with Columbia’s mission statement and school vision will have a greater chance of acceptance; especially those who can demonstrate these alignments through essays and other application materials. 

    Think about ways that you can demonstrate how you fit with Columbia’s school culture. Look carefully into their mission, vision, and values--Columbia has a strong emphasis on community, innovation, and effecting change in various ways. 

    How do these values take shape in your own life? How can you implement them in your application materials? 

    Furthermore, here is some insight into how Columbia evaluates applications from their most recent Common Data Set: 

    Academic Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
    Rigor of secondary school record X
    Class rank X
    Academic GPA X
    Standardized test scores X
    Application essay X
    Recommendation X

    Non-Academic Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
    Interview X
    Extracurricular activities X
    Talent/ability X
    Character/personal qualities X
    First generation X
    Alumni/ae relation X
    Geographical residence X
    State residency X
    Religious affiliation/commitment X
    Volunteer work X
    Work experience X
    Level of applicant’s interest X

    From this, we can see that Columbia highly values academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities, and character/personal qualities. Consider how you can demonstrate your alignment with Columbia’s values in these areas.

    Maisha, an expert admissions counselor at Columbia, discusses the importance of demonstrating your fit with Columbia in our application evaluation webinar

      Columbia University Supplemental Essays

      Columbia uses its supplemental essays to learn more about you. Specifically, the admissions committee wants to gain insight into your community, intellectual curiosity, why you think you’re a good fit, and how getting into Columbia will help you achieve your goals. 

      This year’s supplemental essay prompts are split between one list and four short answer essays. For the list questions, Columbia has some formatting advice: 

      • List your items with commas or semicolons
      • There is no need to number your items or place them in order 
      • You don’t have to italicize or underline book or publication titles 
      • You don’t need to include author names or explanatory remarks 

      You should use full sentences and paragraphs for the short answer questions to write meaningful narratives. Let’s look at how to answer each question before looking at several supplemental essay examples.

      Prompt #1

      “List a selection of texts, resources and outlets that have contributed to your intellectual development outside of academic courses, including but not limited to books, journals, websites, podcasts, essays, plays, presentations, videos, museums and other content that you enjoy. (100 words or fewer)” 

      This question focuses on what you do in your free time. You shouldn’t choose something that sounds impressive if it does not interest you. Be honest! 

      This prompt provides a great opportunity to show how well-rounded you are. Chris, a Senior Admissions Officer of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia, encourages you to “brainstorm a list of topics that come easily to you, what you’re most passionate about, [and] what you would walk across hot coals to defend.”

      Try to be multi-dimensional here; don’t pick just books or plays. The medium of your interests and the content show who you are. Although this is more difficult to accomplish with lists compared to paragraphs, finding a theme is a great way to show off your passion for a particular topic. 

      For example, perhaps you love photography; you can list a series of publications about digital photography and related podcasts. Then, on the weekends, you visit your local museum, which has an exhibition on old cameras. Have fun with it, and let your true interests shine through. 

      Prompt #2

      “A hallmark of the Columbia experience is being able to learn and thrive in an equitable and inclusive community with a wide range of perspectives. Tell us about an aspect of your own perspective, viewpoint or lived experience that is important to you, and describe how it has shaped the way you would learn from and contribute to Columbia's diverse and collaborative community. (150 words or fewer)”

      Many schools ask you to complete a “community” essay because they want to know how you see yourself fitting in on campus. Columbia’s question, in particular, stresses collaboration and diversity. 

      Along with over 300 college deans, Jessica Marinaccio, the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid at Columbia, endorsed a report emphasizing these qualities’ importance. Your contributions or service should be “authentic” and “meaningful” to you, the report reads. 

      Columbia cares about how your experiences have shaped yourself and the community. It’s important here to show and tell. You need to provide a picture of your community, what you’ve learned from it, and how it shaped you. 

      A good way to do this is to focus on a specific topic. Choosing a topic that’s too broad can leave no room to reflect on your experiences. So, write about something that has altered how you think, what you value, or what strengths you have developed. Ultimately, you should tie your response’s message back to Columbia. 

      For example, say you spend your weekends at an art club. You can write that it has introduced you to a new community that strives for honest self-expression. Additionally, you can say Columbia is an ideal place to pursue your interests because you want to join Artists Reaching Out. 

      Prompt #3

      “In college/university, students are often challenged in ways that they could not predict or anticipate. It is important to us, therefore, to understand an applicant's ability to navigate through adversity. Please describe a barrier or obstacle you have faced and discuss the personal qualities, skills or insights you have developed as a result. (150 words or fewer)” 

      First, brainstorm a particular barrier or obstacle you’ve faced that you think would make a compelling topic. Once you’ve selected your topic, it’s important to also explain the outcome and what you’ve learned or gained from the experience. 

      Be mindful of the word limit as you write this prompt. Don’t spend too long describing the obstacle; most of your answer should focus on how you grew from the event. 

      Prompt #4

      “Why are you interested in attending Columbia University? We encourage you to consider the aspect(s) that you find unique and compelling about Columbia. (150 words or fewer)” 

      The key to answering any “why this college” supplemental essay question is simple: college research. 

      Rachel Taylor, the Senior Assistant Director at Columbia, encourages “you to do some research about Columbia and also some introspection about how you see yourself fitting in on our campus. Those two things will combine to create a strong Columbia writing supplement.”

      Be specific and use every resource at your disposal. You can use Columbia’s website, social media platforms, student blogs, campus tours, and virtual seminars. 

      Take time to find programs, lecturers, organizations, and clubs that excite you. Of course, you need to explain why something particularly appeals to you, so be personal. What do your chosen topics say about you? 

      For example, suppose you want to become involved in Columbia’s Hoot Magazine. In that case, you can explain that this opportunity would help you fuse your love of writing and editing with your interest in fashion. Essentially, this essay shows what you value and how Columbia will help you pursue your interests. 

      Prompt #5

      “What attracts you to your preferred areas of study at Columbia College or Columbia Engineering? (150 words or fewer)”

      This isn’t the place to profess your love of Columbia’s architecture or NYC. Instead, emphasize what excites you about Columbia’s programs. Explain why and how it aligns with your interests. 

      Show Columbia you want to take advantage of its resources. You want to be detailed, so try to focus on one or two elements and show how they’ll help you achieve your future goals. 

      For example, say you’re interested in studying international history at Columbia. You can specify you’re particularly interested in working with Professor Mark Mazower. He’s an expert in international and 20th-century European history and has published several award-winning books. 

      Mazower is also the founding director of the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, which brings scholars together with artists, filmmakers, and composers globally. 

      We also asked Mary how applicant’s should approach Columbia’s optional essays. Here’s what she said:

      Additional Information Essay: "If life has somehow interfered with your education, try using the optional essay to explain the gap without too much color. For instance: “I let sports dominate my every waking hour for my sophomore year, and things fell apart.  I spent some time with myself and adjusted my priorities, and the upward trajectory of my academic progress is evident. Reshaping who I am is something I will pursue at Columbia.” 
      Diversity Essay: "And be sure to mention that DEI is something you wish to understand more fully as part of the progressive education that John Dewey brought to Columbia’s campus where learning is an active process, relevant to our lives and concerned with the social outcomes of our actions.”

      Supplemental Essay Examples 

      Let’s take a look at several admitted students’ Columbia supplemental essay examples

      Essay Example #1 

      “List the titles of the print or digital publications, websites, journals, podcasts or other content with which you regularly engage. (1-150 words)”

      • “The Economist
      • The New York Times
      • Reddit - /r/programming /r/machinelearning /r/lifeprotips /r/iwanttolearn /r/politics /r/science /r/physics /r/economics
      • Hacker News
      • The Atlantic
      • The Washington Post
      • -
      • Scientific American
      • Science
      • StackExchange”

      Why this is a good response: This list shows the writer’s interests. On the one hand, they enjoy browsing programming Reddit threads and “Hacker News.” On the other hand, they enjoy looking at fashion-focused publications like Vox and Salon. This varied list indicates the applicant is well-rounded and intellectually curious.

      Essay Example #2 

      “Why are you interested in attending Columbia University? (100-200 words)”

      “Computer science is at the core of my academic passions and my life ambitions. What I value in life is being around brilliant technologists. At Columbia, I have worked with and befriended the most driven and gifted programmers I’ve ever met. In January, I formed a team with three Columbia freshmen for MIT’s annual strategy-game-playing artificial intelligence competition. Ben, Ryan, Koh and I spent the month reviewing matches, debating approaches and tweaking our models. More than once we coded through the night. Their caliber was clear in the subtle insights that their multi-disciplinary backgrounds gave them and they gave me something to aspire to.

      I have many interests that lie outside of my intended major but that I want to continue to pursue, and Columbia provides an environment for those diverse passions. Recently, while at a Columbia math club meeting with Ben, I ran into a political science major, Mathieu. He was elated to point out the insights that a love of math granted him in his courses and his conviction encouraged me to explore the peculiar intersection of the two fields.”

      Why this is a good essay: This essay shows the writer is an ambitious, dedicated, and curious individual. The first paragraph establishes the writer’s interests and how their collaboration with three Columbia freshmen inspired them to apply. 

      The second paragraph directly links their interests and how getting into Columbia will help them explore them. The writer explicitly states they’re interested in a topic: “Columbia provides an environment for those diverse passions.” The writer clearly connects themselves, their interests, and the school’s community. 

      What Should You Be Aware of When Applying for Columbia University Financial Aid

      Columbia’s financial aid program helps admitted students fund their education, regardless of their circumstances. The school adopts a need-based, need-blind approach to aid: the aid you receive is based on your family’s ability to pay, and your financial need will never be factored in the admissions process. 

      Additionally, Columbia meets “100% of the demonstrated financial need for all domestic students and all international students admitted with funding.” The program does not use loans; students will not have to pay this money back. 

      If your family’s total annual income is less than $150,000 (and typical assets), you can attend Columbia tuition-free!

      Proven Expert Tips to Get into Columbia University

      Tips to get into Columbia

      Here are our tips for getting into Columbia University. Given Columbia’s acceptance rate is low, these tips can help you boost your chances of success. 

      1. Take Challenging Courses in High School

      Columbia states, “We hope to see that a student is avidly pursuing intellectual growth with a rigorous course load. Whether a student is applying to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering, we advise preparation across disciplines.”

      Pushing yourself academically is a brilliant way to show you’re intellectually curious, determined, and ready for college.

      However, there’s a balance. Generally, colleges don’t want to see you take too many Advanced Placement classes (AP) and achieve Cs and Ds. Yet, they also don’t want to see you achieve a 4.0 GPA in only basic classes.

      David Graves, the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at The University of Georgia, says, “it is much better to have a challenging curriculum and competitive grades than great grades and a weak curriculum.”

      The sweet spot is somewhere in the middle; you should try to challenge yourself as much as possible and achieve great grades. Taking more challenging classes means you’ll likely spend more time studying, so balancing your course load with your social life is important.

      Columbia College strongly recommends you take the following high school classes

      • English literature and composition (four years)
      • Math (four years)
      • History or social studies (three or four years)
      • Laboratory science (three or four years)
      • Foreign language (three or four years)

      Colleges do consider your school’s level of rigor. So, if your school doesn’t offer many AP classes, you should try to take the most difficult ones offered. Start pushing yourself by building on your academic strengths and then taking courses that test you more. 

      Here’s some more info on what colleges pay attention to from Pam, an expert consultant from Stanford!

        2. Do Your Research 

        Doing college research is essential in crafting a stellar college application and getting into Columbia. 

        Demonstrating a knowledge of Columbia shows you're an ideal fit for their program and may increase your chances of admission. Additionally, telling Columbia how it fits in your ambitious journey can help you stand out. This research will be particularly helpful for essays and interviews.

        Additionally, not only will doing research help your admission chances, but it will also prepare you for life at Columbia and help you know what to expect once you’re there. 

        3. Show Your Personal Qualities

        Something that many students often miss is the personal aspect of college applications. Maybe your grades are great, and you may have lots of extracurriculars, but that’s not where your application ends. Columbia wants to know more about you and who you are. 

        This is where the essays come into play. Use Columbia’s essay prompts to your advantage! Think carefully about the qualities that you want to display to the admissions committee, and consider how to do that well. 

        4. Apply Early Decision 

        As Columbia notes, applying for Early Decision (ED) is something you should only do if you’re “driven by a true passion for Columbia and a certainty that, should you be admitted, you would attend.”

        At Columbia, you’re three times as likely to be accepted through the Early Decision than students who apply later. Applying through ED shows the admissions committee you mean business. However, ED is binding; if Columbia admits you, you must withdraw all other college applications

        The most competitive applicants generally apply for ED, so you will have to submit the strongest application possible to gain admission.

        5. Pursue Meaningful Extracurricular Activities 

        Columbia uses your list of extracurricular activities to gauge the quality of your involvement outside of the classroom. The word “quality” is particularly important here; colleges want to see passion and achievement, not just a laundry list of activities. 

        Making good use of your summers is key to building a strong extracurricular list. At a top-tier institution like Columbia, demonstrating special talent can also increase your chances of admission. 

        If your activities have a tangible connection to the major you want to pursue, this can help show your passion for the field. Additionally, if your activities help those around you, whether in the community, at work, or school, you should emphasize this.

        Your extracurriculars should also demonstrate your career goals, if possible. Here’s what Stanford admissions counselor Pam has to say! 

          6. Demonstrate Your Fit 

          Columbia names a number of qualities that are important in their holistic admission review, but they state that the most important thing in their evaluation is whether or not a student is a good match for Columbia. 

          With every application they review, Columbia’s admissions committee tries to determine a “student’s fit for the distinctive Columbia experience.” Ideally, your application should show how your interests and experiences fit into Columbia’s culture and community. 

          Take care to curate an application narrative that aligns with Columbia’s values, culture, and mission. Indicate interest in Columbia-specific programs, professors, aspects of community life, and more. 

          One particularly helpful tip is to discuss Columbia’s Core Curriculum--a key element of their academic structure--in your application. Talk about why it intrigues you and how it’s a draw to Columbia for you. 

          This is what Mary said about Columbia’s Core Curriculum and how you should show you’re a fit for it:

          “If you are considering applying to Columbia College in the city of New York, be sure to locate the campus on Morningside Heights and be prepared to build an application that validates your interest in and preparedness for the intellectual rigors of the Core Curriculum. This advice is predicated on the significant research you will have done, and perhaps, a campus visit where you can experience the campus vibe.”

          FAQs: Getting Into Columbia 

          Do you still have questions about getting into Columbia? If you do, check out these FAQs for more information. 

          1. Should I Apply to Columbia Through Regular Decision or Early Decision? 

          If Columbia is your first choice and you can produce a stellar application on time, ED may be better for you. If you need more time or want to apply to another college’s ED program, you should go through Regular Decision. Understanding both of Columbia University’s application processes is key. 

          2. How Important Is the Columbia Interview? 

          There is little to no relationship between the Columbia interview and acceptance rates: students aren’t at any disadvantage if they’re not selected for an interview. However, the interview can help you learn more about the school from a current student or alumni! 

          3. Is Columbia the Hardest Ivy to Get Into? 

          Now that you know how hard it is to get into Columbia, it’s no surprise that the school has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the Ivy League at 3.85%. 

          4. How Much Does It Cost to Apply to Columbia University? 

          There is an $85 nonrefundable fee to apply to Columbia. Some applicants may apply for fee waivers as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. 

          5. How Much Does it Cost to Go to Columbia University? 

          Tuition and fees cost $68,400 annually, but the total cost of attendance is estimated to be $89,587.

          6. Does Columbia Require an Interview? 

          Columbia has a rich tradition of using alumni representatives or student interviewers to conduct college interviews. Currently, only virtual interviews are offered. 

          If you aren’t invited to an interview, don’t worry: there’s no relationship between Columbia interviews and acceptance rates. Because of the volume of applications, Columbia can’t speak to each candidate. You won’t be disadvantaged if you aren’t offered an interview. 

          7. How Hard Is It to Get into Columbia University?

          So, is it hard to get into Columbia University? As evidenced above, Columbia is a selective school. It attracts some of the finest minds globally, and applicants tend to achieve high GPAs and scores on standardized tests. Most accepted students (95%) are in the top 10% of their graduating high school class. 

          8. Does Visiting Columbia University Improve My Admission Chances?

          Although visiting college campuses is a great way to demonstrate your interest in the school, Columbia University states that it doesn’t track demonstrated interest

          Data shows the level of an applicant’s interest in admissions decisions at Columbia University. Visiting Columbia can, however, potentially boost your chances in indirect ways. You may connect with students and faculty members, learn more about the school, and gain a better understanding of why you’re a great fit during your visit.

          9.  Should I Apply to Columbia University?

          First, you must decide if you want your learning to be guided or not. Columbia requires all of its students to take its core curriculum. You must complete these courses before you can tailor your schedule.

          However, colleges like Brown University have no core courses. Indeed, Brown says its students are the “architects of their own education,” as you can sample many courses before diving into specialist topics. You must decide which type of education is right for you. 

          If you’re worried about financing your college journey, Columbia is extremely generous regarding grants and scholarships. Every year, Columbia awards over $200 million in scholarships and grants. Half of Columbia’s students receive grants from the college. The average grant awarded is $62,850

          Take our interactive quiz below to find out how likely you are to get into Columbia!

          Is Columbia the Key to Your Career Future?

          Columbia is a prestigious school with many notable alumni, a beautiful campus, and a low acceptance rate. However, you now know how to get into Columbia with the tips outlined above. 

          A great way to stand out is to strive for academic excellence, pursue meaningful extracurricular activities, do college research, and take challenging courses to strengthen your application. 

          Discuss the experiences that have shaped you into the person you are today. Touching upon the themes of leadership, collaboration, and diversity and linking them back to Columbia shows you’re a great fit. Good luck with your application! 

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