In for the Win: How to get into Columbia University

Recorded Thursday, March 25 at 08:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Elias for the latest installment of In for the Win, where he will discuss how you can get into: Columbia University in the city of New York. Elias will cover how to optimize your application to better your chances of getting into this school, covering topics such as the acceptance rate, GPA and SAT statistics, and the admission essays.

We'll also cover factors like the school's diversity and what it means for applicants, explore the different schools and majors offered, and get into some fun facts about the university.

We'll also have a Q&A at the end, so come with all your questions about the Columbia.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:00@hannahbanananoob:Will this be recorded?
60:24@anonymous:what if you take AP classes sophmore-senior year. i am in algebra 2 but next year im a senior and they told me i can skip to AP calc instead of doing pre calc next year
63:28@Abhinav15:My school only offers 4 AP classes and it only starts junior year. I'm currently a sophomore and I took 2 APs out of the school through an accredited online school.
63:44@SeriousSea:How does dual enrollment affect your application?
63:47@Abhinav15:I have a 3.9 gpa currently and I am asian american.
65:16@Abhinav15:Some of the AP classes offered are Art. Do I have to do them?


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