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


Columbia QuestBridge Questionnaire

After Columbia has received your QuestBridge Application, Columbia will send you information about completing the Columbia QuestBridge Questionnaire. You can review information about the Columbia-Specific Questions on the Columbia website.


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 QuestBridge application.


Standardized Test Scores

Applicants can choose to take either the SAT or the ACT. Columbia does not require the optional writing section on the SAT or the ACT. If you take an exam more than once, you will be evaluated on the highest score you received in any individual section. 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. You may take standardized tests as late as October for the QuestBridge National College Match.

Non-native speakers should refer to our English proficiency testing requirements, which are in addition to the ACT or SAT, not a substitute.

You may self-report your scores through the QuestBridge Application process. We are also able to accept score reports directly from your school via email or mail, if your school's policy allows.



FAFSA code: 002707
Available Oct. 1

US Citizens, Permanent Residents and other Eligible Noncitizens only; not required for students living in the US without legal citizenship or residency.

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


CSS Profile
CSS code: 2116
Available Oct. 1

Please Select "Regular Decision" as your admission application type.

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Columbia requires the CSS Profile from all parents, including both biological parents in cases of divorce or separation, as well as any step-parents. Each household should submit their own CSS Profile. Review instructions here.
  • Each parent must also submit copies of their 2017 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.


A copy of your parents’ 2017 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 2017 taxes via the IDOC System, which will be available by October 1. 

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. 

If you do not wish to be considered as a Regular Decision applicant, please email the Admissions office at 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 5 - December 10. 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 by the applicable deadlines directly to Columbia as detailed in the table below.

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Required Application Materials


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

Finalists who did not rank Columbia

Columbia QuestBridge Questionnaire


QuestBridge Midyear Report
(When midyear grades are available. We recognize this may be after the January 1 deadline)

Official Transcripts

Standardized Test Scores

Only if new scores to report

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


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

Finalists who did not rank Columbia

2019-2020 FAFSA
FAFSA code: 002707
Available Oct. 1


US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

2019-2020 CSS Profile
CSS code: 2116
Available: Oct. 1


2017 Federal Tax Returns and W-2


Submit online via College Board IDOC System.

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):


Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid

More information about applying to Columbia