Columbia University: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from Columbia University’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

Columbia Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: : 212 Hamilton Hall MC2807, 1130 Amsterdam Ave; New York
  • State: New York
  • Institution: Private
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Semester
  • Retention Rate: 98%
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 6,668
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Optional
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6:1

Factors in Admission Decisions


Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Standardized test scores


Very Important
Extracurricular Activities
Character/personal qualities
First Generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical Residence
Racial/ethnic Status
Volunteer work
Work experience

Admission Facts

  • Application Closing Date: January 1
  • Deferred Admission: Yes (2 years maximum)
  • EA/ED: Yes (Early Decision)
  • EA/ED Deadline: November 1

Student Life Information

Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 1,065 International (nonresidents) students
  • 1,121 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 552 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 1,915White, non-Hispanic students
  • 25 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 1,415 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 10 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students
  • 478 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 87 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown


$85 Application Fee

$65,340 Tuition Fee

$3,705 Required Fees

$16,800 Food and Housing (On campus)

Financial Aid

Total of Need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $214,128,859

Total of Non-need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $1,642,455

The data presented here was collected from the Columbia Common Data Set 2022-2023.

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