Columbia University, one of the eight prestigious Ivy League schools, is one of the most selective colleges in the country. In the graph above, the blue and green dots representing accepted students are concentrated in the upper right corner. Most students who got into Columbia had GPAs in the "A" range, SAT scores (CR+M+W) above 2100, and ACT composite scores above 30. Also realize that a lot of red dots are hidden beneath the blue and green on the graph -- many students with a "A" averages and high test scores were rejected by Columbia. For this reason, even strong students should consider Columbia a reach school.
At the same time, keep in mind that Columbia has holistic admissions -- the admissions officers are looking for students who will bring more than good grades and standardized test scores to their campus. Students who show some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will get serious consideration even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal.
To learn more about Columbia University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Columbia University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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