The total number of applications received for early consideration increased 7.2 percent from last year. Of the record 3,229 students who applied for early admission to the Columbia Class of 2015, 632 students were accepted. In addition, 696 students will be deferred to the regular admissions process. 1,901 applicants—59 percent of the total applicant pool—were rejected.
Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions said in a statement:
“The largest number of Early Decision candidates in our history applied to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering this year, resulting in an 8% overall increase in applications. This is the first cohort who applied to Columbia using The Common Application and Columbia Supplement, and we were thrilled to provide even greater access to students from a variety of backgrounds. From towns of 600 people in the Midwest to large cities in the Middle East; from students who are the first in their families to go to college to students who will be the third generation in their families to attend Columbia; from students who grew up blocks from Columbia’s campus to students who have never been to New York City before – students are joining us from every corner of the world.”