With an admitted rate of 5.5%, Columbia has proven itself to be one of the toughest. Here is how you can increase your chance for acceptance.

Science, Engineering and Other Academic Research

By Columbia admissions office
If you have completed research with a faculty member or mentor in science, engineering or other academic disciplines (e.g., humanities, social sciences or languages), you are welcome to provide a one or two page abstract as a supplement to your application. You may upload your abstract in the Columbia-specific questions to the Common Application or in the Uploads page of the Coalition Application.

If you are submitting an abstract, you will also be asked to answer a few short questions on the duration of your research involvement, your specific role in and contributions to the research project, and contact information of your research mentor. This will help us better understand your specific research experience beyond what you may have already included in your other application materials.

We also welcome a letter of recommendation from your research mentor, who can send the letter via email to ugrad-confirm@columbia.edu, via fax to 212-854-3393, or via mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Test Scores and GPA
Admitted Student Statistics
The middle 50% of admitted students scored between
1460 and 1550 on the SAT or 33 and 35 on the ACT.
Over 90% of accepted students were in the top 10% of their graduating class.
Link for statistics https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/classprofile/2022