Students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited and program admission is competitive.
Fall and spring programs are open to domestic students in grades 11 or 12 who live within commuting distance. Students must be actively enrolled in their secondary school throughout their studies at Columbia. They are permitted to study for two terms, with continuation into the second term contingent on successful completion of the first.
The two-term program is open to domestic, recent high school graduates.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
- Two strong letters of recommendation
- Strong writing ability as evidenced in a statement of purpose and a writing sample that each showcase intellectual and academic strength and promise for continued growth and achievement
- Scores in the 85th percentile or better in all subjects on the PSAT, SAT, PACT, or ACT
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Application DeadlinesSpring Term
$80.00 nonrefundable application fee payment in U.S. currency must accompany the application.
The writing sample must be a graded assignment from your high school that showcases your best work.
The statement should address the following:
- A brief summary of your academic background and your personal and academic goals.
- Clearly articulated ideas regarding why the College Edge program appeals to you and how participation in the program will help you realize your academic and personal goals.
- A description of a situation in which you contributed to the learning of your fellow students in the classroom that will allow the admissions committee to consider how you would fit into a learning experience at the university level.
Official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. Many schools take a number of weeks to fulfill transcript requests; please plan accordingly.
You are required to disclose and provide official academic transcripts for all secondary and post-secondary academic study completed and in progress. This includes individual courses for academic credit, certifications, certificates, transfer coursework, second bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. All institutions attended must be listed in the Enrollment History section of the online application.
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International Transcripts from schools outside the U.S. or Canada: Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official. For those applicants who are offered admission, official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing schools certifying conferral of a high school degree. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is a discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.
On either the PSAT, SAT, or the ACT (SAT school code:2594; ACT school code: 2721)
Attesting to your intellectual strengths and commitment to personal and academic growth. One letter must be from your school principal or guidance counselor and must include an approval of the courses you have selected for study. The second letter must be from a teacher.
You are required to disclose and provide official academic transcripts for all post-secondary academic study completed and in progress. This includes individual courses for academic credit, certifications, certificates, transfer coursework, second bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. All institutions attended must be listed in the Enrollment History section of the online application.
This requirement is only for non-native English speakers who are not currently enrolled in a high school program at a U.S. school or at a school where the language of instruction is English.
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English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official scores from one of the tests listed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will be required to send official scores directly from the test provider prior to enrollment; these scores will be verified before the admission offer is considered official.
|English Language Proficiency Test||Minimum Required Score|
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt*||100+|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS)||7.0+|
|Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A)||72+|
|Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)||Grade C or better|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)||C1 Certificate or higher|
|Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)||Grade A (low C1)|
|Cambridge Business Higher||Grade C or better|
* Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.
This requirement is only waived if the applicant is currently enrolled in a high school program at a U.S. school or at a school where the language of instruction is English.
The program is open to domestic students in grades 11 or 12, or recent high school graduates, who live within commuting distance.
Mailing AddressOffice of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
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