Admissions Timeline and Dates
Prospective Graduate Students: Fall 2017 Start
You’re interested in Columbia, and we want to help you join our community. Below, you’ll find a timeline of important dates and info to keep you on track with the admissions process. Each prospective student is different, and we encourage you to contact us to talk about your next steps in becoming a Columbia student. We’re here to help.
Application opens for Fall admission
Each department’s Faculty Review Committee typically makes an admissions decision six to eight weeks after the priority deadline for applications: November, December or January, depending on the program. Submit by this deadline to be considered for Graduate Assistantships. Some programs admit students on a rolling basis after the priority deadline has passed. Visit colum.edu/graduate for more information.
Submit financial aid information (domestic students)
File your 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Columbia’s school code: 001655. Submitting a FAFSA ensures that you’re considered for all financial aid opportunities, including institutional scholarships and all forms of federal and state aid. Visit colum.edu/financial-aid for more information.
Preferred scholarship consideration
To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your admission application and submit a FAFSA. For preferred consideration, we recommend that you complete those steps by this date. You will be notified of your total financial aid package, including Columbia scholarships, on your Financial Aid Award Letter. Visit colum.edu/scholarships for more information.
Award letters begin going out
Once you are admitted to the college and we receive your FAFSA, you will be notified of your complete financial aid package with a Financial Aid Award Letter. We begin sending these letters in March on a rolling basis. For help understanding your award letter, visit colum.edu/awardletter.
Admitted Student Days
All admitted graduate students will be invited to a department-specific Admitted Student Day. These days are designed to help you learn more about your program and get acquainted with campus. Keep an eye out for an email invite. As the events near, you can find more information at colum.edu/gradasd.
Graduate Student Decision Day
Confirm your attendance by making a $450 nonrefundable confirmation deposit on or before this date.
Online orientation and registration open
After paying the $450 deposit, you’ll have access to online orientation and class registration. View advising guides, make changes to your schedule as needed, and review and finalize your schedule with someone in your department.
Submit final college transcript
If you are currently enrolled at a college or university, you must submit an official copy of your final transcript to Graduate Admissions. Late transcripts complicate registration, financial aid and payment for your first semester.
Finalize your financial plan
To pay for education, many students use resources beyond the awards offered on the Financial Aid Award Letter. Learn more about these resources—such as loans and employment-sponsored tuition plans—and read about our payment plan at colum.edu/createaplan.
New Graduate Student Social
Meet your fellow graduate students and mingle with the entire incoming cohort at the New Graduate Student Social, hosted by the Graduate Admissions Office. Keep an eye out for communications regarding this event.
Each academic department hosts an on-campus orientation prior to the start of school year. We’ll reach out to you with more information as your orientation date nears.
You must either pay in full or establish an automated payment plan for any portion of your bill not covered by secured financial aid by August 1. If you register for classes after this date, you’ll have seven calendar days to establish payment arrangements. Visit colum.edu/paymentplan for more information.
New Student Convocation
Convocation showcases the talents of our students and alumni. The annual event features an assembly with President Kwang-Wu Kim; a student services exposition; and a catered party with live bands, performance art and more.
Fall semester begins