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 who live within commuting distance. 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 Term
July 30

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

Spring Term
December 1

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

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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.

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

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.

You are required to disclose and provide official academic transcripts for all secondary and post-secondary academic study completed and in progress. This includes individual courses for academic credit, certifications, certificates, transfer coursework, second bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. All institutions attended must be listed in the Enrollment History section of the online application.

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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.

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.

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 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
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)
PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores are not required as part of the application, although they may be submitted if available. If you choose to self-report your scores on the application, they will not be considered unless you also e-mail the score report from your ETS portal to collegeedge@sps.columbia.edu. You may also send your official scores to Columbia (SAT school code:2594; ACT school code: 2721).

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