I guess you can take 4 core courses second semester if you take Lit Hum, one of FroSci/UWriting, one of Music/Art Hum, and one Global Core course. I don't know anybody who did that; personally I would recommend taking more electives to ascertain your potential major and better organize your academic schedule in future years.
I have a 4.28 GPA (definitely a rising grade trend, 4.7 in last semester of junior year). 2260 SAT (800 CR, 770 W, 690 M) but I just retook that so hopefully I will do better. SATII- 770 in Bio E and 800 in US History. 5s on three AP exams.
I took every difficult course my school offered, so I was almost all honors or APs in 10th-12th grade. I'm taking 4 AP classes this year.
My best extracurriculars are Mock Trial, which i've been involved in for three years, Bio Club, which I was in in 10th and 12th grade and I'm conservation director for 12th, and Boy Scouts, which I've been in since I was 12. My Eagle Scout application is currently in progress but it won't be done before my application is turned in, and I've had a few significant leadership roles.
I don't expect my teacher recommendations to be much better than average, and my essays probably aren't amazing.
Is there anything I can do now to boost my chances? And is it worth applying ED?
You could take LitHum, UW/Frontiers, and both Art/Music Hum. I'd say most people do Art and Music Hum in different semesters during sophomore or junior year, but I do know a few who did it as freshmen.
I don't think it's a bad idea to take a lot of Core classes early, but taking lots of electives as a freshman or sophomore can also be valuable insofar as they help you figure out what you may want to major in.
I think 3 Core and 2 electives or 2 Core and 3 electives is pretty common for freshmen. I also wouldn't consider Global Core to be Core classes. They're basically electives that just so happen to fulfill Core requirements.
Are you already done with the language requirement?
I will bring my daughter to Columbia University this weekend. Since Visitor Center closes in the weekend, we can only do a Self Tour. We are not able to get into any build either, since it is requires Columbia I.D. It seems that besides walking on the campus, there is not much we can do. Do you have any suggestion for us for the visit?
How important are EC's? Im an international student going to an American high school (fluent english) with a nice GPA (not the best...i guess 96+). I havent really done that much ECs and Im starting to get involved in some activities a lot more.
Hey everybody I was looking at the core curriculum last night and didn't see any math requirements. I'm currently in community college and taking remedial elementary/intermediate algebra in order to take college algebra. im planning on majoring in business management, and I know I will need some math for this degree regardless of the school but as a transfer applicant is elementary/intermediate necessary to take college algebra or higher math courses at Columbia?
Thanks for your help.
Is Columbia College easier to get into than SEAS? I want to major in Biomedical Engineering, but if my chances are slim, then I would rather just go with Columbia college and major in chemistry and physics. Plus, I would get a good classical education. I'm also a transfer student if that changes anything...
Columbia College has around a 6% acceptance rate and SEAS has around 9%. Acceptance rates only give you information of how many people applied and how many were selected. It doesn't reflect the actual difficulty in being admitted. Don't apply to SEAS unless you want to be an engineer. I've seen too many people who aren't willing to put in the work required to be an engineer come to SEAS and suffer. The fact that you're hesitant to apply to SEAS means you shouldn't.
Hey! I would love some help
1) What would you say was your biggest strength in your application? Your biggest weakness?
2) Did any of you send an arts supplement? I want to send my photography but I'm not sure how much it will help. I think that there are some good shots and some standout shots in it but I am unaware of the caliber of the art that is being sent.
Also, my school offers 0 teams, 0 clubs and 0 organizations. it sucks.
I have done my best given the fact that I unlike many people haven't had opportunities for ECs (nor do I have the time. I have 9.5 hour days).
I want to pursue a ton of activities in college. Will Columbia look at what I want to do rather than what I have done? will they read my application in the context of my situation?
Are the dining services normally closed during school breaks (fall break, thanksgiving, winter break etc)? If yes, where do the students normally take their food if they stay back during those break periods?