Columbia University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate, and More

Low Library at Columbia University
Low Library at Columbia University (Explore the Columbia campus in this photo tour). Allen Grove

Columbia University, like all of the Ivy League Schools, has highly selective admissions, and in 2016, the acceptance rate was a mere 7%. No matter how strong your grades and SAT/ACT scores are, you should consider Columbia a reach school. Many well qualified applicants will not get in. Also be sure to attend to your essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities--all play a role in the admissions equation.

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Admission Data (2016)

  • Columbia University Acceptance Rate: 7%
  • Columbia GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 700 / 790
    • SAT Math: 710 / 800
    • ACT Composite: 32 / 35
    • ACT English: 33 / 35
    • ACT Math: 30 / 35

Columbia University Description:

If you want an Ivy League education in a truly urban setting, be sure to take a look at Columbia. Its location in upper Manhattan places it right in the bustle of New York City. Columbia has extensive graduate programs—of its 27,000 students, over two-thirds are graduate students. Like all the Ivy League schools, Columbia's high level of research and instruction has earned it membership in the Association of American Universities, and its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Academics at the university are supported by an impressive 6 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 29,372 (8,124 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54% Male / 46% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $55,056
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,244
  • Other Expenses: $2,085
  • Total Cost: $71,785

Columbia Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 57%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 53%
    • Loans: 13%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $46,127
    • Loans: $8,978

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Science, Civil Engineering, Economics, English, History, Neuroscience, Nursing, Operations Research, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 94%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Football, Tennis, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Wrestling, Rowing, Soccer, Fencing, Basketball, Golf, Squash, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Rowing, Archery, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf

Data Source:

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics

Columbia and the Common Application

Columbia University uses the Common Application.