Columbia University is an Ivy League School and its admissions statistics make it one of the most competitive Ivy League Schools. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Columbia University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.
The Class of 2021 was the single most challenging year to be admitted to Columbia University ever to date. For the Class of 2021, 37,389 students applied to Columbia University of which 2,185 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 5.8%. Overall applications increased by 3% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 36,292 to 37,389.
For the Class of 2021, 650 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 4,086, yielding an early acceptance rate of 15.9%. Early applications increased by 16.1% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 3,520 to 4,086.