SiLA is competitive and merit-based. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Your eligibility includes:
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Semester-long program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
One-week workshops are open to freshman on up.
Significant progress in completing all core curriculum requirements.
No academic or disciplinary violations.
Application submission for only one term at a time.
Completion of the online application during the submission period. The application consists of:
Four short-answer essay questions.
Two written references: one from a faculty member and one from a professional such as an employer or volunteer supervisor.
A professional resume.
A 60-second video introducing yourself and your strengths.
All finalists will be invited to participate in a 10-minute personal interview.
Acceptance to the program is conditional. There is a series of milestones you must meet before you can officially enroll. You will be given a list of these conditions as well as dates and procedures on how to satisfy them at orientation:
Academic self-audit with College Advising.
Meeting with Columbia's Career Center and registering with the college’s employment database.
Proof of health insurance.
Attendance at orientation session(s).
Clearance of all restrictions to registration, including financial holds.
If you plan on graduating directly after the program, you will need to apply for graduation before leaving Chicago.