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The benefits of studying at Columbia

Did you know?

The annual tuition fees for Columbia are over $61,000. Columbia is not need-blind for international students. However, if you are admitted, and you demonstrate financial need, Columbia will meet your full need for all four years of study.

What is Columbia University looking for?

Columbia University is comprised of three undergraduate schools – Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of General Studies – as well as a number of graduate and professional schools, including the highly ranked Business School, Teachers College, Law School and College of Physicians and Surgeons. Columbia is looking for students who are "intelligent, independent thinkers with solid academics, special abilities, and thoughtful interests."

Each year, thousands of ambitious students apply for a place at Columbia, but the competition is notoriously fierce. So, how do you know if you have what it takes to compete? Book a complimentary university strategy meeting with the Crimson team today and find out!

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What Admissions Officers are looking for

Top US universities are looking for the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. As a result, they attract - and seek - well-rounded students who are not only eager to learn but likely to inspire others.

Whilst strong academics are a must, students must also demonstrate extracurricular engagement and clear personal qualities.

In short, good grades are not enough!

Academics
Academics

Alongside A/A* grades top universities would look for 1500+ SAT / 32+ ACT scores. However good scores alone are not enough to gain you admission!

Extracurriculars
Extracurriculars

They want to see evidence of consistent extracurricular engagement in something you're passionate about. They also want to see evidence of leadership; students who take on responsibility and inspire those around them.

Essays
Essays

This is your opportunity for the Admissions Officer to really get to know you, it's a reflective, creative and personal essay. But, they are more interested in the effect the event had on you than the story itself.

Personal qualities
Personal qualities

Admissions Officers want to ensure that their university is the best fit for both you and them. They are looking for students that will compliment both the classroom dormitory atmosphere.

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Offers to Ivy League universities

176

Offers to Oxford and Cambridge

3000+

Offers to top 50 US universities

1500+

Offers to top 10 universities

Crimson is here to help!

Applying to top US universities is a difficult and stressful task which is why so many students seek external support.

Each of our programmes are tailored to the student and are delivered by a carefully selected team of mentors who provide focussed support with each and every aspect of the process.

We are proud to say that students who work with us are four times as likely to get into their dream university than those who apply alone.

By speaking to one of our Academic Advisors you will receive;

  • A full review of your child’s academic and extracurricular profile
  • Tailored guidance as to suitable university pathways
  • An outline of what they need to do to achieve their goals
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University strategy

Multi-year support with application preparation and submission with the help of a personalised roadmap.

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Standardised test tutoring

One-to-one sessions covering test content, technique and confidence for the best chance of getting a great score.

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Essay development

Support with personal essay ideation, tone, language and structure as well as multi-draft feedback.

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Extracurricular mentoring

Extracurricular and leadership project planning, execution and reporting to ensure passion and impact are demonstrated in the application.

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Interview preparation

Coaching on how to answer common questions and communicate a story persuasively.

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Financial aid and scholarship strategy

Guidance on the options, requirements and help completing necessary paperwork.

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