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Columbia University in the City of New York

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Tips mention: Interview (5), ACT/SAT (14), Grades (20), Sports/Extracurriculars (11), College Essay (12)
Be Smart, you won't get in unless you're smartNov 28 2004Political Science
SAT: 1560 Male
Get recruted! I know some people who started rowingNov 10 2004History/Histories (art history/etc.)
Get recruted! I know some people who started rowing in hs just to get in and it worked! If you do not like sports make sure you do something very differet; they sure love that.
SAT: 1350 Female
In terms of getting in, it's very very toughNov 10 2004Other
In terms of getting in, it's very very tough. I actually now help interview for the undergrad school, and trust me, of the 10-15 thousand applications that are received each year for the roughly 1,000 available spots, the majority of applicants are superb, judging from the people that I have interviewed and judging from the comments of some of the other interviewers. Sadly, the size and quality of the application pool means that many quality candidates are turned down.
ACT: 32 Male
I didn't get super high SAT scores (It wasOct 22 2004Chemical Engineering
I didn't get super high SAT scores (It was in the upper 1300 range). Nor was I valedictorian (5th percentile). But I did devote my time to doing something special (eg.I researched in a computational chemistry lab. My friend was a NY Times finalist). I also showed my personality in my essay. I wrote about the special circumstances in my life that made me stand out. Don't be afraid to show your uniqueness. Show your intelligence. Every student here is not ordinary. Eg. A classmate of mine is Spanish but he can speak mandarin. Another is Indian and can speak Japanese. Even if your grades and scores are great it might not guarantee entrance. The salutatorian of my school also applied to Columbia but she was rejected. But others such as my classmate and I who didn't get as high grades, were admitted. Just make yourself stand out. Don't be discouraged by counselors just because they say you don't have the grades.
SAT: 1370 Female
Focus on the Core Curriculum and New York CityAug 14 2004Political Science
Focus on the Core Curriculum and New York City in your personal statements. Columbia likes to hear about students who are interested in the values of the liberal arts (BS as it is, it makes them feel better about themselves). Talk especially about BS politically correct nonsense like multiculturalism, gay/lesbian movements, liberalism, etc.
SAT: 1410 Male
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