Hey all, this thread is for people who were rejected from Columbia on this crazy day of college decisions.
Columbia now has an admit rate somewhere around 6%, which is insane. I applaud anyone who could get through the gates, and anyone who could get onto the waitlist - you all are insanely smart.
And everyone who didn't get in: we all are a pretty cool bunch. I mean, roughly 20,700 of us applied to one or more ivy league schools, which is a feat in itself. I thought the letter that the dean of admissions for Columbia wrote was completely genuine - and after reading it I was excited for my future (despite the very recent rejection!) We did the best we could and we didn't get in. And it's ok. I hope others are like me and aren't taking it to hard. Now that we know, we can stop stressing about whether or not we'll get in and enjoy the last days of our high school career!
As for me, I think I'm going to Barnard. Where all are you going next year?! Seeing as how it seems like every one of us applied to approximately 100 college each, I'm sure we all have some pretty great prospects! :-p
I felt the very same way in December when Columbia didn't let me in ED. I forgot about it quickly and rather concentrated on filling out the RD applications as well as possible, and trying to avoid making the mistakes I did with Columbia.
I am international and I asked for a lot of aid so I am surprised I got into at least three schools RD, even though they weren't in the Ivy League. I'm absolutely certain everyone of us will have a great time wherever he or she goes, I am certain I will have fun at Gettysburg College and will work hard to get to Columbia for the grad school, because ultimately that's where my heart still is.
Congratulations to all of you who got in, congratulations to everyone who has gone through the ordeal of Columbia's application. But 6% is 6%...
(oh, I realized I made a grammar mistake - and its killing me! I meant "too" not "to"! Oi vey, how elementary... lol!)
I got the 6% number by dividing the number of kids in the freshman class (about 1400 I think) last year by the 22,000. Generally colleges admit more than attend, but in Columbia's case I assume that pretty much everyone who is accepted matriculates. It's probably between 6 and 8 percent - but who knows, I could be wrong!
Last edited by Rachlovesyou; 03-31-2008 at 08:18 PM.
Thank you for your post, I feel the same way. I got rejected at Columbia and Cornell. As for where I'm going next year, got a few possibilities... got into Notre Dame, Boston College (honors program), and Tufts.
^that's incorrect, the college yeild is 60%, and the seas yeild is 50% or so.
last year CC took 9.1% and seas took 18.6% for a combined admissions rate of 10.6%. This year should be more or less the same. They had slightly more applicants, but their yeilds should drop a little since H and P stopped doing Early, so more of the kids that columbia admitted would get into H and P and might choose to go there.
but in Columbia's case I assume that pretty much everyone who is accepted matriculates.
Yikes. Don't assume.
I thought the letter that the dean of admissions for Columbia wrote was completely genuine
It's BS. They know it. You know it (or should know it). Everyone knows it.
The kid who had a 1000 SAT score and 2.8 GPA who had no business applying gets the same rejection letter.
- and after reading it I was excited for my future (despite the very recent rejection!)
Wow. I've gotten so many form rejection letters for various things and I've never been "excited" for myself as a result of the BS puffery in those rejection letters. I always laughed when an interviewer who absolutely hated me and didn't think I was the least bit qualified told me how much they enjoyed meeting me and how they thought I was great for whatever except they just don't have enough spots.