So you want to go to Columbia…
You aspire to be a part of the diverse, international student body. You hope to take advantage of the infinite resources New York City has to offer. You want an urban life, but also a classic college campus. Columbia has it all!
But first, you have to be accepted.
What you need to get in
With its large, international applicant pool and space for only a few thousand students per class, Columbia can afford to be selective. In order to compete with your peers, you’ll need great SAT scores, a high GPA, a challenging course load, several extracurricular achievements, and favorable teacher recommendations. I know it sounds like a lot, but with the right preparation, organization, and devotion, you’ll be able to manage it all.
Average SAT Score
So how high do your SAT scores need to be?
For the class of 2018, the middle 50% of admitted students scored between a 2130 and a 2330. For a more detailed breakdown, see the table below, which shows the percentage of the admitted students who scored within each range.
These are top-notch scores, so your SAT prep needs to be extensive.
What You Can Do
For now, challenge yourself when choosing which courses to take, but also make sure that you’ll still be able to get good grades in all of them. Devote the rest of your time to extracurricular activities so you’ll be able to demonstrate your interests and passions to the university. And finally, see to it that your SAT scores are strong enough by doing some planning. Create a study schedule, remembering to allot yourself more time than you think you’ll need just in case you run into any unexpected difficulties.
Do all of these things and you’ll know that you’ve tried your best. Hopefully, you’ll be accepted! And if not, remember that there are so many other great schools out there that would love to have you.