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Kristin Fracchia

Columbia ACT Scores

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What ACT Scores Do I Need to Get into Columbia?

Do you want to be a part of it? New York, New York? Perhaps at Columbia: the Ivy League research university prominently situated in Upper Manhattan and close to everything the Big Apple has to offer.

Columbia is a school with a lot of history: it was founded as King’s College in 1754, making it the oldest university in New York and the fifth oldest in the U.S. Undergraduates are clustered together in Columbia College, which provides them with both personal attention and access to renowned professors. Columbia’s common curriculum bonds first-year students together as they read and debate literature, philosophy, history, science, fine arts, music, and social and political theory. Then there’s Columbia Engineering for those interested in science and tech, which plunges you into research right away. These are programs for the truly intellectual undergrad. If this sounds like you, well, you probably want to make sure your ACT scores are up to snuff.

The 25th percentile of students scored a 32 on the ACT and the 75th percentile scored a 35. Yeah, this means that 25 percent of Columbia admits scored a 35 or 36 on the test. Amongst the first year students who submitted ACT scores, 82% of admitted students scored between a 32 and a 36, 17% scored between a 27 and 31, and only 1% scored below a 27.

The middle 50 percent of ACT English scores ranged from 32 to 35 and ACT Math scores ranged from 29 to 35. The middle 50 percent of ACT Writing scores (on the old scoring scale) ranged from 8 to 10.

For the Class of 2019, out of 36,250 applicants, 2,222 were admitted, which is an admit rate of 6.1%.

It probably goes without saying that high school grades are also crucial at Columbia. Over 90% of admitted students were in the top 10% of their graduating class.

Columbia is an EXTREMELY selective university, so get prepping for a perfect score on the ACT (or at least something close).

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About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's sites are full of awesome, free resources that can be found by students prepping for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agony and bliss of trail running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

2 Responses to “Columbia ACT Scores”

  1. Princeton says:

    can you please do more of these and please do university of san fransico

    • Kristin Fracchia Kristin Fracchia says:

      Thanks for the recommendation, Princeton! We have more coming soon and I will add that school to our potential list :).

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