Chances of getting into Columbia University in the City of New York
How hard is it to get into Columbia and can I get accepted? The school has a 7% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,519 out of 38,118 applicants were admitted making Columbia 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, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent. Of those applicants who were admitted, 61% 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.
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Columbia SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT59%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||720|
|SAT Math 25th||740|
|SAT Composite 25th||1460|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||780|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1580|
|Average SAT Score||1520|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Columbia University in the City of New York?
Columbia University in the City of New York typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1460 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 1400. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. 59 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1580 and Above||Good||>11%|
|1520 to 1580||Avg +||7%-11%|
|1460 to 1520||Avg -||4%-7%|
|1400 to 1460||Reach||3%-4%|
|Less than 1400||Low||<3%|
Columbia ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT57%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||29|
|ACT Composite 25th||31|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|Average ACT Score||32|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Columbia?
Admission data indicates that Columbia regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 57 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Columbia University in the City of New York.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>13%|
|32 to 34||Avg +||7%-13%|
|31 to 32||Avg -||5%-7%|
|30 to 31||Reach||4%-5%|
|Less than 30||Low||<4%|
Columbia University in the City of New York has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||61%||62%||61%|
Applications were DueJan 1, 2019
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to Columbia University in the City of New York and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.