StudentsReview :: Columbia University in the City of New York - How to Get into Columbia (Undergraduate)
-or-
Search for Schools by Region
 

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
Harvard University -- Cambridge, MA
Brown University -- Providence, RI
Yale University -- New Haven, CT


  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.


Columbia University in the City of New York

Students who got into Columbia:

Tips mention: Interview (5), ACT/SAT (14), Grades (20), Sports/Extracurriculars (11), College Essay (12)
I applied to get it, and I would recommentJan 07 2008Sociology
I applied to get it, and I would recomment that no one does the same.
Female
It's a little bit of a crapshoot, but youJan 07 2008English
It's a little bit of a crapshoot, but you have to be the type of person they are looking for. An interest in political science seems to be prevalent in the university, as is drive and uniqueness.
ACT: 31 SAT: 2160 Female
I applied, but I would not recommend Columbia toAug 27 2007Music - Composition/Theory
I applied, but I would not recommend Columbia to anyone. I am trasnferring to another school to finish, even though I will lose nearly thirty credits. I would be ashamed to have a degree from such a corrupt, unsafe, and unethical instituion.
Male
Do what you love and be passionate about someJun 11 2007English
Do what you love and be passionate about some field, whether academic or professional. Work hard in high school, get to know your teachers, and demonstrate your ability to be committed to realizing goals, and the rest will take care of itself. Good luck!
Male
The short answer is (duh): work hardDec 26 2006Language - French/Spanish/etc.
The short answer is (duh): work hard. Honestly. Sacrifice socializing and down time in favor of studying, writing papers, and doing truly ridiculous amounts of extracurriculars. There are a few useful, specific pieces of advice I can give. For one thing, find a niche, something (academic or extracurricular) that you can really emphasize. For instance, I'm into Latin- I've taken it for six years, I'm a member of the JCL (Junior Classical League), I've participated in Latin quiz bowls, and I've gotten an award for having four gold medals on the National Latin Exam, as well as a five on last year's A.P. Latin Lit Exam. I mentioned all these in my application, and wrote part of my essay about the JCL. Apparently, it worked. Speaking of essays, spend a lot of time writing and re-writing. Write a couple, and have as many other people look at them as possible. Now is not the time to be afraid of judgment. Remember, the admissions officers are going to look at them eventually no matter what-- better to proofread now than regret it later. About essay content: be original, be funny, take suggestions from others, but don't go out of your way to be controversial. No need to take too many risks. If you're deciding between writing about your summer in Alaska and why you oppose the current social security system, pick Alaska. Always pick Alaska.
(not both, obviously, but one or the other)
But other than that, getting yourself into college is really a lot of tedious, hard work. That said, there's really no need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on SAT prep and college counseling. It's difficult, but the requirements aren't hard to figure out: Should you be in APs? Yup. Habitat for Humanity? Yup. Girl/Boy Scouts(not both, obviously, but one or the other)? Yup. Get higher SATs than you can reasonably be expected to get? Yessirree Bob. Yes, the quest to get into college takes over your life. Sorry. Yes, admissions are unbelievably competitive, and even if you do all of the above, you're not guaranteed a spot. Sorry again. But, horrible and awful and evil and lamentable though it is, the fact is that, while working hard doesn't guarantee you a place in the Ivy League, slacking off DOES guarantee you a thin envelope.

A small piece of comfort: even in this uncertain day and age, there is hope. Nothing is certain any more, but, as a female, non-minority, non-athlete, non-prizewinning novella writer, I can tell you that working hard throughout high school does have its rewards. And I have the beautiful, wonderful,"Yes, we want you" letter from Columbia to prove it. Good luck!
SAT: 2270 Female

Columbia University in the City of New York
Compare ColumbiaSave Columbia

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
Ah, college. Considered by many to be the time of a young person's lif... more→
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
My name is Esteban Correa. I am currently a second year INTERNATIONAL ... more→
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→
• Boston Apartment lease: Watch out!

Are you a student and about to sign the very first lease in your li... more→

• What college is right for you?
When thinking about their choices for colleges, many students and pare... more→