Applications and supporting materials (application fee, unofficial transcript(s), and letter(s) of recommendation) should be submitted through the online application.
Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications are not considered complete until all required materials have been received.
The application should be submitted directly by the student. We do not accept applications submitted on the applicant's behalf by parents, guardians, or third parties. Falsification, forgery, any misrepresentation of any type will risk forfeiture of admissions and/or enrollment.
Nonrefundable application fee
The application fee is $80. Application fee payment must be made by credit card through the online application.
An unofficial transcript is required for application review. Candidates offered admission must supply official documents prior to enrollment.
Transcripts must come in PDF format as provided by your school. PDF downloads of unofficial transcripts from student portals can be accepted only if they clearly show your full name, your school’s name, the full name of all courses taken, and all grades achieved in those courses.
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 sent from a school official’s professional email to hsp-apply [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu. It can also be mailed to our office at the address listed on this page. Official transcripts being submitted via email should be sent by a school official to hsp-transcripts [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.
All programs require a teacher recommendation. Recommenders submit a form within the online application—they are not asked to supply a letter. Once you add and save their information (name, title, and school email address) an email is sent to your recommenders with a link to our recommendation form.
Students applying to NYC Residential Summer and NYC Commuter Summer must also provide a school counselor recommendation.
Applicants may submit their applications before we receive their recommendations.
For more information on recommendation requirements, please see below.