Columbia warmly welcomes transfer students from all over the world.
These students bring along their unique experiences, talents and aspirations. We are glad you’re one of them, and we look forward to everything you’ll add to our passionate and inclusive student body. Whether you have two credits or 20 credits, our admissions staff is ready to help make the transition as seamless as possible.
A transfer student is an individual who, after the completion of high school, home school or GED has earned some credit at another accredited college or university but has not yet earned a bachelor’s degree.
There are two different ways to apply. You can begin the admissions process by completing either Columbia's application or the Common Application. Before you begin, review the Transfer Application section below. (Note: Some items are not required, but strongly recommended.)Start your application
- Columbia’s Application (Fall, Spring, Summer 2016)
- The Common Application (Fall, Spring, Summer 2016)
Transfer Planning Tools:
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Proof of English language proficiency is required for admission to the College if English is not your country’s primary language. This can be demonstrated by submitting at least one of the following:
- Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)—Recommended score of 80 on the iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) or 553 on the pBT (Paper Based TOEFL);
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System)—score of at least 6.5;
- ACT (American College Testing)—Recommended score of 18 or higher on the English and Reading sections;
- SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)—Recommended score of 430 or higher on the Critical Reading section;
- Transcript from a U.S. high school or a high school in which English is the language of instruction and the applicant has completed at least three years in that high school with passing grades;
- Evidence of completion of at least one semester of university-level coursework in English Composition at an accredited college/university in the United States with a grade of “C” or better;
- Successful completion of an ESL course at a preferred institution:
- DePaul’s English Language Academy—University Bridge Level
- Intrax English Language Programs—level 9
Note: The English Proficiency Requirements cannot be waived for any applicant educated in a country where the native language is not officially recognized as English. Waivers will not be granted to international applicants/nonnative speakers on the basis of U.S. employment or U.S. residency alone, nor solely on completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program unless there is a pre-existing partnership agreement between Columbia and the ESL program.
Columbia requires official or certified true copies of your educational records demonstrating successful completion of a high school or secondary education. If you need help determining which transcripts or educational records to send us, check out this guide.