Our programs feature a wide variety of course offerings with some of the University’s most sought-after faculty. We are committed to providing the highest level of instruction flexibly — online, in-person, and HyFlex, if permitted by state and national guidelines.
Students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited and program admission is competitive.
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.
The two-term program is open to students who graduated within the past two academic years.
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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Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.
- 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 AddressOffice of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Submitting Official TranscriptsOfficial transcripts being submitted via email should be sent to
Notification of Admissions DecisionThe 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.
$80.00 nonrefundable application fee payment in U.S. currency must accompany the application. Applicants must include credit card information through the online application to make the payment
The writing sample must be a graded assignment from your high school that showcases your best work.
The statement should address the following:
- A brief summary of your academic background and your personal and academic goals.
- 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.
- 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.
We will review applications with unofficial transcripts. However, official transcripts are required to complete the enrollment process for all Pre-College Programs. Transcripts are only deemed official if they are transmitted directly from an academic institution to our transcripts department. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to arrange for the submission of official transcripts at the earliest possible stage. All institutions attended must be listed in the Academic History section of the online application.
Current 11th-12th grade students must supply their final transcript for grades 9–12, plus their most recent report card for the current school year.
International students must submit a transcript for the US equivalent for grades 9-12. We require grades starting 4 full academic years before your anticipated high school graduation date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 requested to supply official documents prior to enrollment. Official transcripts must be emailed by a school administrator to email@example.com or mailed in a sealed envelope from the school to our address listed above.
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.
The letters of recommendation should attest to your intellectual strengths and commitment to personal and academic growth. One letter must be from your school guidance counselor, college counselor,or principal and must include an approval of the courses you have selected for study. The second letter must come from a teacher who has taught you in a core academic subject.
The letter of recommendation must be submitted through the online application. During the application process you will add your recommender's information (name, title and school affiliated email). Once you add and save their information, an email will be sent to your recommender with a link to our recommendation form. Please note, recommendations submitted from non-school affiliated email addresses will not be accepted and must be resubmitted. Applicants may submit their online applications in advance of the recommendations.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|English Language Proficiency Test||Minimum Required Score|
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt*||100+|
|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|
* 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.
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 email@example.com. Official ACT and SAT scores should be submitted directly to Columbia University School of Professional Studies using the following school codes: SAT school code: 2594; ACT school code: 2721.
Academic Year: Open to high school students in grades 11 or 12.
Gap Year (Two-Term): Open to students who graduated within the past two academic years.