General Admission

What happens to my online application after it is submitted?
As soon as your submitted online application is received with all the required material it goes through a process to prepare for the admissions review. Due to the amount of applications this process can take several weeks. It is normal that we do not communicate with you during this process.

You will receive an email to inform you when your application was sent for review. If we still require some document(s) to complete your application you will receive an incomplete application notice. Once your application becomes complete online it will be sent for review.

If you sent your application or any supporting material late or after the deadline to apply, be advised that Columbia reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.  

The faculty admissions committee will review the application after it is complete online when possible. 

How can I check the status of my application?
You will receive an email to inform you when your application was sent for review. If we still require some document(s) to complete your application you will receive an incomplete application notice after the deadline. Once your application becomes complete online it will be sent for review.

Be advised that after the deadline Columbia reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received. 

Contacting our office for your status interrupts and can delay the processing of applications for review. If it is necessary to inquire about your status email seasgradmit@columbia.edu.

Applicants may login to the online application to upload material up until the application is sent for review, at that point you will not be able to alter your online application. The faculty admissions committee will review your application after it is complete online on scheduled time available.

When will I receive a decision on my application?
A decision can be expected to be made within six to eight weeks from the time the application came under review. Be advised, the decision could take more or less time depending on a variety of factors, including the selection of students for funding.

How will I be notified of the decision on my application?
You may be informed by the department to which you applied by email or phone call. However, this type of notice is not a guarantee of admission until a verification of documents submitted is completed by the Graduate Student Affairs Office (GSA). The official notice of an accept offer will be communicated to you by GSA in a formal letter sent electronically.

Be sure you have provided current and valid mailing and email addresses to receive all correspondence.

If I have been denied admission, may I receive reasons for this decision?  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants the admission reviewers cannot provide feedback regarding individual applicants or the reason for unsuccessful applications.

An unsuccessful application can not be reactivated, but you may reapply to the program by submitting a new online application.  It will be necessary to resend official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Student Affairs. 

If I am admitted, but cannot attend for some reason can I defer my admission?
No, the School does not offer deferrals of admission. To be considered for one of the following two terms from the original application term you may reactivate your application. The application fee will be waived and you can use previous application material.

If I am denied admission can I apply again in the future and how?
Yes, you may apply again by submitting a new application and supplemental material. Previously denied or incomplete applications cannot use the reactivation process.

If I am admitted, can I transfer to another program in SEAS?
You cannot transfer into another academic program prior to enrollment. You have the option of enrolling in the academic program to which you were admitted, then, you may apply to a different program after your first semester by reactivation. If you do not wish to enroll in the program for which you were admitted you should decline the offer of admission and apply again to your new program of choice using the reactivation application online.


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