Instructions for returning students


We are excited to welcome you back to Columbia!

We have a shortened application process for students who have studied with us in 2020, 2021, or 2022 so please read this page carefully and be sure to follow the steps outlined for you.

Application Deadlines

Courses frequently fill up before the application deadline, so 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.

Spring 2023 (January 21—March 26, 2023)

Final Application Deadline
December 6, 2022

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Fall 2023 

The application for Fall 2023 will be available at a later date.

Application Process

Step 1. Gather Your Materials

  • Discuss the program with your parent or legal guardian.
  • Obtain your unofficial transcript(s) and report card.

Step 2. Identify Subjects of Interest

  • On the application, you will identify subject areas of interest. Review the course listing to determine areas of interest.
  • You will also be asked to provide a statement of academic preparedness. This is an opportunity for you to augment information contained on the application or academic transcripts, explain any weaknesses that may appear on the transcript, or highlight any strengths that may not be evident elsewhere. This information is used to help determine your overall admissibility for the program and when we review your course registration for eligibility and the completion of course prerequisites.

Step 3. Submit Your Application

  • On the program of study page, please identify the program you previously attended and the year. You will not be asked to pay an application fee, submit a new essay, or provide a letter of new recommendation. We will confirm your prior participation to confirm eligibility.
  • Enter all requested information in the online application form.
  • Ensure your academic materials are uploaded and all student and parent signatures are completed.

Step 4. Receive Your Admissions Decision

  • The Admissions Committee will review your application for admission and you will be notified by email if any materials must be resubmitted.
  • Within 1–2 weeks of your application being complete, you will receive an email notifying you when the decision is ready to be viewed within the application system.
  • If you are admitted into the program, you must confirm your intent to participate by paying the non-refundable deposit. Please discuss the decision with your parent or legal guardian. After paying the deposit, students must submit the required enrollment forms; they will then receive instructions on how to register themselves for class(es).
  • Students are encouraged to apply early and submit their deposit as soon as possible for the best selection of classes. Space in courses is limited. Students may check up-to-date, real-time enrollment numbers for any course by clicking on the Call Number on a course’s description page. This will bring you to Columbia's Directory of Classes, where you can see live enrollment details.

International Students

International students who are proficient in English are welcome to apply to the program. While applicants are not required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, students' English proficiency should be equivalent to 90 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL or at least 6.5 on the IELTS.

Please note, courses being offered online are synchronous. Students must be able to attend their course(s) during their listed meeting time.

Application Materials

We strongly encourage students to upload all materials directly to their application as it will expedite the admissions process. If that proves problematic, students may also email them to us at

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications are not considered complete until all required materials have been received

New Transcript. Update your academic history to include your most up-to-date high school transcript and current report card.

Instructions for current 8th & 9th grade students

Current 8th and 9th grade students must supply their most recent report card, or final 8th grade transcript. All institutions attended must be listed in the Academic History section of the online application.

Instructions for current 10th–12th grade students

Current 10th–12th grade students must supply their final transcript for grades 9–12, plus their most recent report card for the current school year. All institutions attended must be listed in the Academic History section of the online application.

Instructions for International Students

Applicants must submit a transcript for the US equivalent of grades 9-12. We require grades starting 4 full academic years before your anticipated high school graduation date. The only exception would be for students whose high schools conclude at the end of grade 11.

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.

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 e-mailed from a school official’s professional email to It can also be mailed to our office at the address listed on this page. Note that mailed documents can take several weeks to be processed.

Please be advised you will be required to submit an official transcript upon admission to the program.

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

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Mailing Address

Programs for High School Students
Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902

Contact Information

Office hours:
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST

Submitting Official Transcripts

Official transcripts being submitted via email should be sent by a school official to

Checking Application Status

The processing of application materials can take one to two weeks. Upon completion of your application file it will take approximately two 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.