Columbia University

National College Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Columbia

Please submit these materials as soon as you are notified you are a Finalist.

College Match Required Application Materials
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

1

The Common Application or Coalition Application with the Columbia-specific questions AND all supporting documents

Submit along with official transcripts, Secondary School Report (with counselor recommendation), and two teacher recommendations. 

Select the "Regular Decision" option (not "Early Decision"). In the Common Application/Coalition Application member-specific questions for Columbia, please answer affirmatively to the following question: “Columbia provides a fee waiver for students who applied for the Columbia Engineering Experience (CE2) and QuestBridge Finalists. Do you qualify for one of these fee waivers?”

As a QuestBridge applicant you are welcome to use any information from your QuestBridge application (essays, recommendations, and lists of extracurricular activities); however, you must transfer the information onto the Common Application or Coalition Application. 

2

Official Transcripts

Columbia requires an official high school transcript from all high schools attended, which should be submitted by your high school counselor or school official as part of your application to Columbia.

3

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 2116 (Columbia College or Columbia Engineering)
ACT code: 2717 (Columbia College or Columbia Engineering)

Applicants can choose to take either the SAT or the ACT. Columbia does not require the optional writing section on the redesigned SAT or the ACT. If you are applying for Fall 2018 admission, results from the redesigned and/or the previous SAT will be accepted. SAT Subject Test scores are not required, but Columbia will accept scores from the exams if you choose to submit them. You will not be at a disadvantage should you choose not to take Subject Tests or submit Subject Test scores to Columbia.

Columbia requires official score reports from the College Board and/or ACT. It is critical that you use the correct registration code to ensure delivery of scores. The appropriate ETS code is 2116, and the appropriate ACT code is 2717.

If you are a QuestBridge Finalist applying to Columbia through the College Match program and the cost of sending your official test scores to Columbia poses a significant financial burden to your family, Columbia can accept unofficial test scores or a copy of the score report sent directly from a guidance counselor or school official at your school. Columbia can also accept testing submitted by your school counselor if printed on your high school transcript.

4

2018-2019 

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
CSS code: 2116
Available Oct. 1

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial PROFILE using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • Your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of their 2016 federal tax returns with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms, and other earnings statements. Submit via the IDOC system. 
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.

5

A copy of your parents’ 2016 federal income tax returns

Signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms and other earning statements. Include personal and corporate/ partnership tax returns. Submit via the IDOC system. 

Please note that after submitting the CSS Profile, College Board will prompt you to upload 2016 taxes via the IDOC System, which will be available by October 1. 

6

2018-2019 FAFSA
Available Oct. 1

Complete the FAFSA so Columbia may determine your eligibility for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant, Federal Work Study, and Federal Direct Student Loans.

There is no cost associated with completing the FAFSA.

Columbia School Code: 002707

Columbia strongly encourages families to utilize the Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS tax return information directly to the FAFSA.

Options following the Match

Early Decision

Finalists who participated in and ranked Columbia University for the National College Match, submitted all required application materials, AND did not match at any partner schools may request to be considered as an Early Decision applicant to Columbia. 

Only Finalists with a completed application to Columbia will be eligible to make this request; eligible Finalists will receive additional information following match notification.

Interested applicants should carefully review Columbia's policy on Early Decision, as there is a binding agreement to attend if admitted. 

Regular Decision

All Finalists who rank Columbia for the College Match, but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved into the Regular Decision process. You will not be able to start or make changes to an application that has already been submitted. 

As a QuestBridge applicant you are welcome to use any information from your QuestBridge application (essays, recommendations, and lists of extracurricular activities); however, you must transfer the information onto the Common Application or Coalition Application.

If you do not wish to be considered as a Regular Decision applicant, please email the Admissions office at ugrad-confirm@columbia.edu to request that your application be withdrawn. (see Contact Information below).

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Columbia on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 6 - December 11. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Columbia (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Submit all additional required application and financial materials to Columbia according to your status by the deadlines listed below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Required Application Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 1

 

Finalists who ranked Columbia and submitted all materials (but did not match)

Finalists who did not rank Columbia

Common Application or Coalition Application and all supporting documents, which include official transcripts, Secondary School Report (including counselor recommendation), and two teacher recommendations. 

As a QuestBridge applicant you are welcome to use any information from your QuestBridge application (essays, recommendations, and lists of extracurricular activities); however, you must transfer the information onto the Common Application or Coalition Application.

 

Columbia-specific questions

 

Official Transcripts

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 2116 (Columbia College or Columbia Engineering)
ACT code: 2717 (Columbia College or Columbia Engineering)

Only if new scores to report

Mid-Year Report
(once mid-year grades are available)

Application Fee

 

In the Common Application/Coalition Application member-specific questions for Columbia, please answer affirmatively to the following question: “Columbia provides a fee waiver for students who applied for the Columbia Engineering Experience (CE2) and QuestBridge Finalists. Do you qualify for one of these fee waivers?”

While Columbia requests that the volume of supplementary credentials be kept to a minimum, there may be occasions where such credentials provide valuable information that the standard application does not.  Please note that supplements are not a required part of Columbia's admissions process.  If you plan to submit supplementary credentials, please visit Columbia's website for information on the supplementary credentials they accept and are able to review as well as instructions on how to submit supplementary materials.

Please visit Columbia's website for information on their interview policy.   

Regular Decision Required Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15

 

Finalists who ranked Columbia and submitted all materials (but did not match)

Finalists who did not rank Columbia

2018-2019 CSS/FinancialAid PROFILE
CSS code: 2116
Available: Oct. 1

2016 Federal Tax Returns and W-2
Forms


Submit online via College Board IDOC System

2018-2019 FAFSA
Available: Oct. 1

Contact Information 

Contact Information (for mailing/faxing materials and general questions):

Columbia University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
212 Hamilton Hall, MC 2807
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-2522
Fax: 212-854-1209

Financial Aid & Educational Financing
Columbia University
1130 Amsterdam Avenue
100 Hamilton Hall, MC 2802
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-3711
Fax: (212) 854-5353

 Columbia Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications):


Email: questbridge@columbia.edu 


Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid

More information about applying to Columbia