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Admissions General FAQs

Columbia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000 (MSCHE). 

What is the application deadline?
How do I apply?
Can I visit the campus?
What do you look for in an applicant?
May I apply to more than one of your MPA programs at once?
What is the average age of a SIPA student?
Can I arrange a personal interview with an admissions adviser to discuss my application?
My transcript(s) and/or letter(s) of recommendation are not in English. Do I need to have the document(s) translated?
What is the minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT score for successful applicants?
Do I have to submit GRE scores to be considered for admission?
Can I submit LSAT scores instead of GRE or GMAT scores?
May I request an application fee waiver?
Do I have to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores?
I've taken undergraduate- and graduate-level courses at a number of schools. Which transcripts am I required to submit?
If I mail application information to your office, do the documents need to be mailed together?
Can I defer my admission offer to a future term?
What should I do if my application is put on the wait list? When will I receive a final decision?
Can I submit additional materials to improve my application while on the wait list?
If I was not admitted, can I get feedback on my application?
What is the best way to stay informed about matters pertaining to admission and financial aid?
May I submit my application if I have not yet taken the GMAT, GRE, and/or TOEFL?
After submitting my application, when will I receive a decision?
If I have been denied admission, may I appeal my admissions decision?
Can I reapply if I was not admitted to a prior term or if I had declined my offer of admission?
If I was not admitted, can I get feedback on my application?