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Essay Breakdown: Columbia University

  • How to Write the Columbia University Supplemental Essays 2017-2018

    Columbia University is one of the world’s leading research institutions and one of the best universities in the country. Originally founded as King’s College in 1754, today Columbia attracts top-performing students from all around the globe with its combination of a world-class academic program and its location in the social and cultural hub of New York City. With such a great academic experience comes high interest, limited space, and an increasingly difficult path to an acceptance letter. For its class of 2021, Columbia admitted a mere 5.8% of its applicants. As a result, competitive applicants will need to write extremely compelling essays in order to stand out in the admissions process.

  • How to Write the Columbia University Essays 2016-17

    Columbia University, located in New York City, is a highly appealing school for students who want both a big-city experience as well as the opportunity to attend a prestigious Ivy League school.

    It’s no secret that earning a spot at Columbia is notoriously competitive. It’s most recent admissions cycle for the class of 2020 had an acceptance rate of 6%. The average SAT score was 2250 on the old scale ( 1490 on the new SAT scale), and the average ACT score was 33. Although there is no reported average high school GPA, strong grades are also a very important factor in a Columbia application. As a result, the struggle for any applicant will be differentiating oneself from the rest of the applicant pool — and the writing supplement is a great place to do that. Nonetheless, the Columbia experience can be immeasurably rewarding to those who are truly cut out for life in New York City as an Ivy League student.

    The CollegeVine Essay Team has prepared a guide on how to write the Columbia University essays for this application cycle. Although there are a lot of questions, each of them is relatively short. This means that you should not take the extra space for granted but focus on being as concise as possible when answering each prompt. Read on!

  • How to Write the Columbia University Application Essays 2015-2016

    Note: Check out the updated Columbia University Essay Breakdown for 2016-107 Located in New York City’s Upper West Side, Columbia University offers its students one of the country’s more unique learning experiences. Thanks to its famed Core Curriculum, Columbia undergraduates are encouraged (or forced) to engage with several areas of study outside of their major […]

  • How to Tackle the Columbia Supplement Essays for 2014-15

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2015-2016 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. Nestled on New York City’s Upper West Side, Columbia University Offers students one of the country’s more unique learning experiences. Thanks to the famed Core Curriculum, Columbia undergraduates are forced to engage with several areas of […]