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Instructions for new applicants

Students who have attended the program during a previous summer should follow the application procedures for past participants.

We do not accept applications submitted on the applicant's behalf by parents, guardians, or third parties; the application should be submitted directly by the student. Communications from our Office of Enrollment Management will be sent primarily to the student.

Application Deadline

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as this program may fill up before the application deadline.

2017 Application Deadline
June 1, 2017

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Application Requirements

Admission to the Programs for High School Students is selective. The admissions committee looks for academically exceptional, highly motivated students who are interested in attending the program because they have a passion for learning and wish to enrich their knowledge of the particular field for which they are applying.

Though there are no set minimum requirements such as a particular GPA, the application materials should establish that the student has the necessary academic background and level of ability, motivation, and maturity necessary for the curricular option for which he or she is applying. Students must present evidence of the completion of any particular prerequisites identified in the individual program descriptions.

Because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and classes do fill up, sometimes even before the deadline, students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.  

Personal Interviews

In certain cases, applicants may be required to interview with a member of the admissions committee to determine admission to the program.
 

International Students

International students who are proficient in English are welcome to apply to the program. While applicants are not required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, students' English proficiency should be equivalent to 90 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL or at least 6.5 on the IELTS.

International students should be aware that participation in the Program for High School Students does not constitute the basis for securing a student visa. Past participants have had success in obtaining Visitor (B) visas to participate in our program because the program comprises a short recreational course of study and is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate. Information on the U.S. Department of State’s policy on short periods of recreational study is available at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html.
 

Application Materials

Applications and supporting materials (application fees, the personal essay, unofficial transcripts, and letters of recommendation) can be submitted through the online application.

All materials submitted by mail should clearly bear the program name, applicant's name, applicant's date of birth and, if available, Columbia University ID number.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials have been received. Only complete applications are reviewed.

  • Completed Online Application form.

  • Nonrefundable application fee. For applications submitted online by February 1, no application fee is required. After Feb. 1, the application fee is $80. Applicants must include credit card information through the online application.

  • Transcript of applicant's secondary school academic record. We require grades for all secondary school work completed, including current coursework. We strongly recommend submitting unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application as this will expedite the admissions process. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment.

    If you are unable to obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript, please request to have an official copy sent from your school to our office at the address listed at the bottom of this page.

    If the transcript does not include the most recently completed term, the applicant or school should also submit a copy of the most recent report card.

    Transcripts must be in English or come with an official translation. International students not graded according to the U.S. grading system should provide a grading key with the transcript.

  • Personal Essay submitted through the online application.

    Personal Essay instructions

    Participants in the Summer Programs for High School Students come from approximately 75 different countries and 45 U.S. states. Imagine one of the new friends you will make and tell us about him or her in an essay of no more than 600 words. You might want to address some of the following:

    • Where is she/he from?
    • What is her/his life back home like?
    • What class is she/he taking?
    • What do the two of you have in common?
    • What do you learn from her/him?
    • What does she/he learn from you?
  • One letter of recommendation. Recommendations are submitted through the online application. Applicants may submit their online applications in advance of the recommendation.

    Rising juniors and seniors must submit a letter written by an instructor who teaches in a field closely related to the applicant’s chosen curricular option. The letter must describe the student’s knowledge of that field and assess the student’s qualification to engage in concentrated study.

    Rising freshmen and sophomores must submit a letter written by a teacher familiar with the student’s work. The letter must describe the student’s academic talents and potential to benefit from the experience at Columbia.

  • Standardized test scores are not required as part of the application, although they may be submitted if available.
     

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Mailing Address

Programs for High School Students
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
Email
hsp@columbia.edu
Office hours
Monday–Friday
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Checking Application Status

The processing of application materials can take one to two weeks, and upon completion of your application file it will take approximately three to five weeks for a decision to be made. Please allow sufficient time after submitting your application before contacting the Office of Enrollment Management about your application status. We encourage you, however, to check your application status online as often as you like.