The Christmas holidays are this week, which means the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will be closed December 24 and I imagine many of you will have some time to work on your grad school applications, though I hope you are also able to spend some time with loved ones safely. I wanted to address a new addition to the application this year: the Optional Diversity Essay. This is different from the not new Optional Essay , though the two are similar in that they are truly, absolutely optional — you will not be dinged if you choose not to write this. The Optional Diversity Essay prompt is: We have all had unique experiences in life. Sometimes those experiences, whether positive or negative, help define our perspective.
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How are you going to deal with the distractions of New York City? What are you going to do with your degree as soon as you have completed the program? In response to this question, Columbia does not even want an essay. They simply want a phrase:.
With its years of history and ideal location, Columbia has had a major influence in history and continues to be at the forefront of innovation to this day. Offering both a rigorous curriculum as well as ample opportunities to explore one of the largest cities in the world, Columbia attracts thousands of top-performing students from all across the world. However, with an ever-expanding reputation also comes the increased difficulty of gaining acceptance. For the class of , Columbia admitted only 5.
College Essays. One of the essays you'll have to write when applying to Columbia University is the "Why Columbia" essay. In this essay, you'll need to convince the admissions committee that Columbia is your dream school and that you'd be a great fit on the campus.