31 AUG

First-Year Admissions Dates and Deadlines

01 November - 31 August Columbia University

We look forward to getting to know you through your application. Be sure to read all contents in this First-Year Admission section as well as the Application Instructions carefully before beginning an application.

  • 01 NOV

    Deadline for Early Decision applications

    01 November

    If Columbia is your first choice - and you are willing to make a binding commitment to attend if admitted - please do consider applying Early Decision. All application materials must be submitted by November 1.

  • 15 DEC

    Decisions released to Early Decision candidates

    15 December

    Decisions released online to Early Decision candidates.

  • 01 JAN

    Deadline for Regular Decision candidates.

    01 January

    Deadline for Regular Decision candidates.

  • 15 JAN

    Deposit deadline

    15 January

    Deposit deadline for admitted Early Decision candidates.

  • 20 MAR

    Admissions and financial aid decisions released

    20 March

    Late March: Admissions and financial aid decisions released online to Regular Decision candidates, and invitations mailed for on-campus and regional programs for admitted students.

  • 01 MAY

    Deposit deadline for admitted students.

    01 May

    Deposit deadline for admitted students ( Regular Decision candidates)

  • 15 MAY

    Deadline for requesting deferral of enrollment

    15 May

    Deadline for requesting deferral of enrollment.

  • 15 JUN

    Final high school transcript due

    15 June

    Late June: Final high school transcript due for incoming students.

  • 21 AUG

    Orientation Program and academic year begin

    21 August

    Late August: Required New Student Orientation Program and academic year begin.