Columbia University Releases Class of 2026 Acceptance Results

06 APR 2022

It was another epic application season for Columbia University. The school received 60,377 applications, nearly matching last year’s historic 60,551 applications. Columbia’s Class of 2026 admission rate of 3.73% was almost identical to last year’s 3.66%.

While the last two years’ numbers remained steady, they were significantly different than the numbers in the 2019-2020 admissions cycle when only 40,083 students applied, and 6.15% were admitted.

This year only 2,253 students from all 50 states and 86 countries received the coveted acceptance letter. Columbia’s student body is also more diverse than ever before. Compared to last year, Columbia’s Class of 2026 includes:

  • 4% more students who identified as students of color
  • 3% more first-generation college students
  • 2% more Pell-grant-eligible students
  • 2% more international students

The official announcement was made on Columbia’s website on Ivy Day, March 31, 2022.

My colleagues and I have spent the past few months reviewing tens of thousands of applications, looking at and engaging with activity lists, transcripts, letters from teachers and counselors, and personal statements. Getting to know these talented students has been a privilege — each of them brings their own unique voice and exuberant, questioning spirit to the Class of 2026. Together they form an incredibly dynamic group, whose backgrounds, viewpoints, and interests will enrich the Columbia community on every level.

- Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Columbia Acceptance Rate and Admission Stats for Class of 2026

Columbia Class of 2026 Acceptance Rates
Number of ApplicationsAccepted StudentsAcceptance Rate
Regular Applications 54,0721,6032.96%
Early Applications6,30565010.31%

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Columbia Regular Admissions Results for the Class of 2026

Columbia nearly matched its record-breaking Class of 2025 regular admissions application numbers. The university received 54,072 regular decision applications and accepted only 1,603 students. As one of the most competitive schools in the Ivy League, Columbia only admitted 2.96% of students in the regular admissions round.

Admissions experts and Columbia’s office of undergraduate admissions believe the increase in applications over the last two years is likely due to its test-optional policy, which is now extended to 2024.

Columbia Early Admissions Results for the Class of 2026

Columbia University reported its Early Admission results for the Class of 2026 in December 2021. This distinguished university announced that 650 students earned early admission with an acceptance rate of 10.31%. To increase your chances of getting into Columbia, we recommend you apply early.

Columbia Regular Admissions Results over the Past Three Years

While the number of applicants to Columbia grew significantly from 2020 to 2021, the application numbers remained steady in 2022, decreasing only slightly from 60,551 to 60,377.

The chart below shows Columbia’s application and acceptance numbers over the last three years.

Columbia Overall Admissions Acceptance Rates
Class of 2024Class of 2025 Class of 2026
Total First-Year Applicants40,08460,55160,377
Admitted Applicants2,4652,2182,253
Overall Admission Rate6.15%3.66%3.73%
Columbia Early Decision Acceptance Rates
Class of 2024Class of 2025Class of 2026
Total ED Applicants4,3186,4356.305
Total ED Admissions Rate15.05%10.10%10.31%

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Columbia’s Virtual Outreach Reaches More Students

For the second year in a row, Columbia offered virtual outreach. The Admissions team connected with more than 50,000 prospective students in the US and 177 countries. The virtual outreach included:

  • Live virtual tours
  • Information sessions
  • Student panels and chats
  • Classes with faculty
  • Joint sessions with peer institutions

Columbia also resumed on-campus tours last fall. 

Throughout April, we’ll be offering both in-person and virtual events for our admitted students and their families. We celebrate their achievements and look forward to helping them understand where Columbia Blue might take them and discover if, as we believe, this is the right place for them.

- Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid

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Crimson Students Accepted into Columbia University

Crimson students are getting into Columbia! We already have 23+ students reporting acceptance to Columbia, with more on the way! Congratulations to all the Crimson students accepted into Columbia’s Class of 2026!

How Crimson Can Help you get into Columbia and other Top Universities

According to US News, Columbia ranks #2 in the United States, making it one of the most competitive schools worldwide. As the number of students applying to top universities increases, especially test-optional schools, the harder it will be to get into these top universities.


Crimson Education helps thousands of students gain admission to their dream schools. Despite enormous applicant pools and low acceptance rates at top universities, Crimson’s acceptance numbers are increasing!

More than 489 Crimson students have been admitted to the Ivy League! Here is a breakdown of Crimson’s Class of 2026 acceptance numbers.

  • 117+ Crimson Ivy League offers, including 83 offers to the most competitive Ivies — Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and UPenn.
  • UPenn offers included several to Penn’s Wharton School of Business and the prestigious Huntsman Program.
  • 160+ offers to US Top 10 universities, including Stanford, MIT, UChicago, Duke, Northwestern, John Hopkins, and Caltech.
  • 81+ UC Berkeley and UCLA offers
  • 232 offers to the US Top 25

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