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Information for starting and completing your application

Please note: The College Immersion program is now named College Edge: Academic Year & Summer. Applicants for spring 2018 for-credit study can complete their online application by choosing “Visiting High School Student.”

Applicant Qualifications

Space is limited, and admission to the program is competitive.

Fall and spring programs are open to domestic students in grades 11 or 12 who live within commuting distance. The summer program is open to domestic or international students entering grades 11 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall.

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six points to qualify for housing. Housing is only available for Summer Session 2 (July 3- August 11). Students who will be 16 years of age or older by the start of the program qualify automatically for residential status. Students who will be 15 years old by the start of the program may reside in the dormitories only with special permission. A parent or legal guardian will be required to submit a note attesting to the student's exceptional maturity as part of the application form. Younger students are housed with the other students in the program and are assumed to be at the maturity level of 16- and 17-year-olds.

Applicant Requirements: Students Entering Grade 11 or 12

  • 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

Applicant Requirements: Students Entering Freshman Year of College

  • Official high school transcript
  • Letter from college granting them permission to begin their studies at Columbia

Important Note for International Students (Summer Sessions Only)

Students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must be a full-time student at Columbia – registered for at least 6 points of credit-bearing courses in a six week session or 12 points of credit-bearing courses in the entire 12-week summer period - in order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa.

Please visit the ISSO website for detailed visa instructions.

Application Deadlines

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

Fall Term
August 1

Spring Term
December 1

Application Requirements

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are not required for students entering freshman year of college.

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

Students that do not require housing: Select “College Edge” as the Student Category and “Summer Sessions (Non Residential)” under Program

Students that require housing: Select “College Edge” as the Student Category and “Summer Sessions (Residential)” under Program
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 College Edge 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.
Transcripts

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.
Read conditions and details.

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.

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.
Letter of permission (required for students entering freshman year of college)
Students who have not begun their undergraduate studies at a school to which they have been admitted as a degree candidate are required to submit a letter from the school granting them permission to begin their studies at Columbia.
English language requirement

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 in a country where the sole official language is English.
Read conditions and details.

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+
TOEFL PBT* 600+
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 in a country where the sole official language is English.

Start Your Application

Fall and spring programs are open to domestic students in grades 11 or 12 who live within commuting distance. The summer program is open to domestic or international students entering grades 11 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall.

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
212-854-9889
Office hours
Monday–Friday
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.