Information for starting and completing your application

Applicant Qualifications

Space is limited, and admission to the program is competitive. Applicants must have:

  • 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

High school students who have been accepted by Columbia College as a student for the Fall 2018 term must contact their adviser at the College for approval to register for Columbia Summer courses.

Application Deadlines

Summer Sessions
February 1: Enrollment Priority
March 1: Application Fee Waiver
April 1: Deadline

Fall Term
August 1

Spring Term
December 1

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Application Requirements

Completed application form
$80.00 nonrefundable application fee payment in U.S. currency must accompany the application.

Writing sample (no more than 10 pages)*
The writing sample must be a graded assignment from your high school that showcases your best work.
Statement of Purpose (600–800 words)*
The statement should address the following:
  1. A brief summary of your academic background and your personal and academic goals.
  2. Clearly articulated ideas regarding why the High School Visiting Student program appeals to you and how participation in the program will help you realize your academic and personal goals.
  3. 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.

Official scores*
On either the PSAT, SAT, or the ACT (SAT school code:2594; ACT school code: 2721)
Two letters of recommendation*
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.

Mailing Address

Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902

Contact Information

Phone 212-854-9666

Office hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Notification of Admissions Decision

Decision notifications are sent via email. Admission decisions are typically communicated 5–7 business days after an application is complete.

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