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  • Written by UnivAdmitHelp
  • Category: Insights & Information
  • Published on 15 Jan 2017

What would get me admitted to the Columbia University?

If you want to get into Columbia, be very focused on getting your SOP and LORs right – that is the key to success.

Columbia looks at all parts of every application and particularly read personal statements (SOP) to try to understand each candidate to determine what motivates him or her. They read teacher recommendations (LOR) very carefully to understand a candidate’s contributions in the classroom and what that candidate might offer to his or her classmates at Columbia.

The admissions process at Columbia for undergraduate programs is a “comprehensive” one, taking many factors into careful consideration. In many ways it is different from other universities where they rely heavily on standardized testing and grades maximums.

Remember Columbia is one of the top Ivy League universities. Here is the UnivAdmitHelp insight – As the acceptance rate of MBA is pretty high as compared to other top-rated colleges, it is a very good idea to keep it in list of first five colleges to apply. In terms of applicant profile – Columbia applicants must share certain defining traits: a strong work ethic, ready to build and foster professional and personal relationships, and are determined to make a real impact on the world through their chosen field. So bring out your community experiences, your summer work experiences and call out those sleepless nights that you have spent to get ahead in your chosen field – that would go a long way in getting you selected to Columbia.

In their flagship Law program, the acceptance rate is 20.3%, and generally in admission process they endeavor to identify how and to what extent candidates have forged their values and achieved their goals — how they have actually chosen to commit their time, energies, and talents, and how they have made use of their opportunities.


Columbia University’s Ranking

According to U.S.News Columbia University is #5 ranking in National Universities in 2017. In the given link one can find the rankings of the programs there as well.


Acceptance rate

In Columbia University the acceptance rate of combined (first year data for) Columbia College and Columbia Engineering for undergraduate program of class of 2020 profile is 6%. For MBA class 2016 (January and August), the acceptance rate is 17%! 


What are the most popular programs at the Columbia University?

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. The college reopened in 1784 with a new name—Columbia—that embodied the patriotic fervor that had inspired the nation’s quest for independence.

Columbia University is comprised of three undergraduate schoolsColumbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the School of General Studies—as well as a number of graduate and professional schoolsColumbia’s graduate programs include the highly ranked Business School, Teachers College, SEAS, Law School, College of Physicians and Surgeons, School of International and Public Affairs, School of the Arts and Mailman School of Public Health. The university also has a well-regarded College of Dental Medicine and Graduate School of Journalism. All the schools offers distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields.


Why Columbia?

  • Columbia University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City (the financial center of the world) and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis.
  • Columbia University students are very politically engaged. The campus has been home to some movements/protests that have garnered political attention.
  • Barnard College (One of the School of Columbia University) was the first college in New York City, and one of the few in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous education available to men. Today, Barnard educates more than 2,300 bright, independent-minded women in a liberal arts setting and is the most sought-after women’s college in the country.


Notable Alumni

  • Warren Buffett, MS in Economics
  • Ursula Burns, SEAS
  • Sallie Krawcheck, CBS
  • Chelsea Clinton, MSPH 

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