How to apply to Columbia University?
1) Start very early. If you are leaving the preparation to a mere one year in advance, you are doing it wrong. Most admitted candidates will spend a minimum of two years working on their overall profile and the application. It is not uncommon for successful admitted candidates to start 3 or even 4 years in advance which means starting when you are just 14.
2) Register and complete the SAT Reasoning (or the ACT) and SAT Subject Tests. If you are applying from a country where English is not an official language, you may also have to sit TOEFL - the English language exam. Both SAT exams are not straightforward and take time to master. A perfect score helps but won't get you in on its own. Remember that if you are doing the SAT, you should always include the optional writing component. Similarly, while Columbia doesn't require the SAT Subject Tests, many admitted candidates will have completed 3 or even more of these. Do not skip the SAT Subject Tests.
3) Register and complete the CommonApp. This is a centralised portal through which you can apply to all of your US university choices, including Columbia. CommonApp requires you to complete a number of essays and it is best to start early. Essay questions are released each year on the 1st of August. The deadline for Early Decesion is 1st November and the Regular Decision deadline is 1st January.
4) Once you applied, be sure to continue communicating with the Admissions' Office and to provide them with regular updates.
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