The rate of admission for Columbia's class of 2017 dropped to a record-low of 6.89 percent, while the number of applicants rose 5 percent from the year before.
The admit rate for Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Class of 2017 dropped to a record-low this year, to 6.89 percent, after 2,311 applicants were admitted from a pool of 33,531.
Jessica Marinaccio, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, said in a statement that the statistics reflect an arduous process of deliberation and conversation about each applicant.
“The class admitted today offers much more to Columbia than just academic credentials and impressive achievements," she said. “They embody the fundamental character of Columbia University, sharing a deep engagement with local and global issues, a spirited devotion to intellectual inquiry and an eagerness to add their unique perspectives to our diverse student body.”
This year, the number of overall applications to both schools rose 5 percent from the year before. According to Marinaccio, the Class of 2017 was selected from an applicant pool that hailed from all the 50 states, the US territories, and nearly 70 countries. Two years ago, for the class of 2015, the acceptance rate was 6.92 percent.
Students will be able to check their decisions at 5 p.m. EDT, and for the first time this year, the Office of Admissions will be able to see the number of students who check their decision within the first five minutes.
Now that the letters of acceptance have been mailed, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be hosting a number of outreach efforts.
“Over the next few weeks, we will focus our efforts on showing them how a Columbia education could in turn enrich their lives,” she said.