Instructions for returning students


We are excited to welcome you back to Columbia!

As a returning student, the application process will look a bit different. The information included on this page will provide you with an overview of what to expect, so please read all instructions carefully and be sure to follow the steps outlined for you.

Please note that documentation of immunization for MMR, Meningitis, and COVID-19 (including a booster if eligible) is a requirement for course registration for students studying on campus. Students who need to request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for specific medical or religious reasons will need to submit these requests for review no later than April 28, 2022.

Application Deadline

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.

Application Deadline

Course Selection Process

Depending on your previous term of participation, the course selection and enrollment process may look different.


Rather than applying and being admitted to a specific curricular option, applicants will be admitted to the program overall, and are then responsible for registering themselves into a course, just like a college student. Please note, admission to the program does not reserve your spot in a specific course and will only be reserved once you complete the self-registration process.

Course availability is limited, and registration is available on a first-come first-served basis. Early applications are highly encouraged.

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.

International students should be aware that participation in the Program for High School Students does not constitute the basis for securing a student visa. Past participants have had success in obtaining Visitor (B) visas to participate in our program because the program comprises a short recreational course of study and is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate. Information on the U.S. Department of State’s policy on short periods of recreational study is available here.

Application Process

Returning applicants will receive an email with an invitation to re-enroll for a new term.

Students should not create a new application as it will cause an error message in your application portal. Additionally, please do not create a new application account with a new email address.

The email invitation will contain detailed instructions on how to update your application for the new term and provides an expedited re-enrollment process specifically for returning students. You will be considered a priority registration applicant as long as your application is submitted before the listed deadline.

Submit your Re-Enrollment Form

Your invitation email will include a link to a re-enrollment form. Submit the form and follow the provided instructions to login to your application portal.

Update your Application

Using the instructions provided to you, log in to your application portal and review your existing application form from your most recent program participation.

Submit a 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.

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 sent 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.

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

Community Standards Consent Form (re-sign)

Community standards are strictly enforced. Failure to abide by the Community Standards Consent Form will result in dismissal from the program.


Financial Responsibility Agreement (re-sign)

Students and the parent/legal guardian sign to agree to pay the full program costs if the student enrolls and does not notify the Office of Admissions of their withdrawal before the published withdrawal deadline.

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

Complete applications, with no missing materials, will be reviewed in 1-2 weeks from the date of submission. 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. You will be notified via email when a decision letter is ready to be viewed in your application portal.