Admissions

Information for starting and completing your application

Applicant Eligibility

Students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited and program admission is competitive.

Academic Year

Fall and spring programs are open to students in grades 11 or 12. Students must be actively enrolled in their secondary school throughout their studies at Columbia. They are permitted to study for two terms, with continuation into the second term contingent on successful completion of the first.

Gap Year

The two-term program is open to students that graduated within the past two academic years.  

Application Deadlines

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and will not be reviewed until all application materials have been submitted.

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Fall 2020 Term
July 30

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

Spring 2021 Term
December 28

The application deadline will be announced shortly.

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Applicant Qualifications

  • 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

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Mailing Address

Office of Admissions
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.

Submitting Official Transcripts

Official transcripts being submitted via email should be sent to transcripts@sps.columbia.edu

Notification of Admissions Decision

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 Admissions about your application status. We encourage you, however, to check your application status online as often as you like.

Application Materials

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 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

Transcripts of applicant's secondary school academic record are required. We require grades for all secondary school work completed, including the most recent report card of 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. All documents must be provided by the school and cannot be a document downloaded from a student’s grading portal. All institutions attended must be listed in the Academic History section of the online application.

If you are unable to obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript, please request to have an official copy sent from your school. It should be e-mailed by a school official’s professional email to transcripts@sps.columbia.edu. It can also be mailed to our office at the address listed at the bottom of this page. Note that mailed documents can take several weeks to be processed.

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. Applicants are recommended to use NACES for such services.

Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment.

Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment and course registration.

School Profile

The School Profile must be submitted by your guidance counselor, headmaster, or principal as an uploaded document on the Guidance Counselor recommendation form. It can also be included as part of the transcript uploaded on the student application.

The school profile is created by a student’s school. It usually includes information about the types of classes offered (AP, IB, etc), GPA distribution and/or ranking, graduation rates, and other notable facts about the school. Each profile is different, but they all give our admissions team more information about students’ academic performance in the context of their high school.

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.

Re Vera Authorization Form The first step in the credentials verification process requires that an applicant provide consent to participate in the verification process. This consent is granted by completing the Authorization and Release Form, which is administered by our contracted vendor, Re Vera Services. A link to this form will appear within the application system upon submission of the application. Applicants are required to upload the PDF of the signed consent form within the online application portal before an admissions decision will be released.

You should inform your recommenders that they should expect to be contacted by a third party verification provider, Re Vera Services, who will reach out to them via email to confirm that they supplied the recommendation. Applicants should encourage their recommenders to respond promptly to Re Vera’s outreach.

The Re Vera verification process does not begin until after an applicant has submitted the authorization form and been admitted to the College Edge program. Once these requirements have been satisfied, the Re Vera verification process can take up to 4-6 weeks to complete. Applicants must be cleared by Re Vera prior to enrollment and course registration

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Falsification, forgery, and misrepresentation of any type will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment. Forfeiture may occur whenever an integrity lapse is discovered and may include admissions revocation, expulsion, or another sanction outlined within the Student Conduct and Community Standards. Applicants would not be entitled to request any refund of the application fee, enrollment deposit or tuition in the case that Re Vera Services is unable to verify the letters of recommendation submitted in support of the application.

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 where the language of instruction is English.

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English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. Scores must meet the following minimum requirements: TOEFL iBt scores must be 100 or above, TOEFL PBT scores must be 600 or above, IELTS scores must be 7.0 or above.

Official TOEFL scores must be submitted through the ETS portal using the Columbia school code 2594. To report official IELTS scores, please email the TRF number (located on the bottom of your score report) to transcripts@sps.columbia.edu.

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
DAAD Grade B

* 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 where the language of instruction is English.

Official test scores (optional)

If a school profile is unavailable, students should provide official PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores. Students should only submit official test scores if a high school profile is not available. Test scores submitted otherwise will not be considered in the application review. Unofficial test scores cannot be considered.

PSAT scores should be submitted officially by emailing the PDF score report to transcripts@sps.columbia.edu. You may also send your official scores to Columbia University School of Professional Studies using the following school codes: SAT school code: 2594; ACT school code: 2721.

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Academic Year: Open to high school students in grades 11 or 12.
Gap Year (Two-Term): Open to students that graduated within the past two academic years.