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Columbia supplement examples?

I'm applying to Columbia and struggling a bit with the supplement. Could anyone share their own experience writing the supplement or some examples they found helpful? I really want to make sure I showcase my passion for the school. Any help is appreciated!

7 months ago

I understand that writing the Columbia supplement can be a daunting task, but it's important to remember that the supplement is your opportunity to let the admissions committee know more about you and why you're a good fit for Columbia. To help you with the writing process, I'll share some general advice and examples to give you an idea of how to approach the prompts.

1. Columbia-specific questions: This part of the supplement is really about demonstrating your interest in and knowledge of Columbia. You'll need to do some research on the distinct academic and extracurricular opportunities the university offers. Instead of providing a laundry list of features, focus on 2-3 specific aspects that genuinely resonate with you and explain why they make Columbia an ideal choice for you. For instance, you could mention the Core Curriculum and how that aligns with your desire for a well-rounded education, or talk about Columbia's global perspective and opportunities to study abroad or engage in global initiatives on campus.

2. List questions: These require you to list books, performances, or events you've enjoyed or attended in the past year. For this section, be as genuine and specific as possible. Don't try to impress the admissions committee with titles or events that you think they want to see; instead, showcase your true interests and passions. You could list a mix of classic novels, non-fiction books, and even graphic novels, or mention a local theater performance that left a lasting impact on you.

As for specific examples, you will probably enjoy this blog post (https://blog.collegevine.com/columbia-university-essay-examples/) with multiple essays students have submitted to Columbia!

7 months ago

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