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Columbia University in the City of New York Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Columbia University in the City of New York? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,438 out of 36,911 applicants or 7% were admitted making Columbia University in the City of New York an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Of those applicants which were admitted, 63% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Columbia University in the City of New York is a prized outcome for many students.

Women Men Total
Applied 19,923 16,988 36,911
Accepted 1,176 1,262 2,438
Acceptance Rate 6% 7% 7%
Enrolled 722 805 1,527
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 61% 64% 63%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Columbia University in the City of New York and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Columbia University in the City of New York regularly accepts students with ACTs of 31 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 29 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Columbia University in the City of New York.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1380. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1450 1590
SAT Reading 730 790
SAT Math 720 800
ACT Composite 31 35
ACT English 32 35
ACT Math 30 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >11%
33 to 35 Avg + 7%-11%
31 to 33 Avg - 4%-7%
29 to 31 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 29 Low <3%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1590 and Above Good >11%
1520 to 1590 Avg + 7%-11%
1450 to 1520 Avg - 4%-7%
1380 to 1450 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1380 Low <3%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Columbia University in the City of New York has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Columbia University in the City of New York and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190150 IPEDS survey data for Columbia University in the City of New York.



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