Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Student FAQ

  1. Where can I find an application?
  2. Is financial aid available?
  3. Where can I find information about tuition, fees, and housing?
  4. What is the minimum acceptable GRE score for admission to the graduate program your department?
  5. Is the GRE Advanced test required to apply for the Ph.D. program in Applied Mathematics or Materials Science & Engineering?
  6. What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL/IELTS score for admission to the graduate program in your department?
  7. How many students are admitted to the graduate program each year?
  8. How can I track my application?
  9. May I come for a visit?
  10. Is it possible to meet a with a professor or take a lab tour?

Current Student FAQ

  1. Who should I talk to about which courses I should register for?
  2. Who should I talk to about student affairs related questions (registration, bills, health service, etc.)?
  3. Will I have an assigned desk?
  4. Where are public computers and printers located?
  5. Who should I call if there is a problem with my office or lab?

Medical Physics FAQ


Prospective Student FAQ


1. Where can I find an application?

For information on applying to the undergraduate program, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Graduate applications and deadlines are available online, at Graduate Student Affairs. For information about application requirements, please see About Applying.

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2. Is financial aid available?

Financial support is awarded to doctoral candidates only on a competitive basis in the form of assistantships that provide a stipend, a tuition allowance, and medical fees. For 2015-2016, the stipend for teaching assistants is $26,286 for nine months; for research assistants, the stipend is $35,048 for twelve months.

For more information, please see: Scholarships & Fellowships.

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3. Where can I find information about tuition, fees, and housing?

Please see Student Financial Services: Tuition Rates & University Fees

For information on the types of student housing available and costs, please refer to

Facilities: Student Housing Essentials
&
Facilities: Types of Accommodations

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4.
What is the minimum acceptable GRE score for admission to the graduate program your department?

There are no minimum test score requirements for SEAS.

The average GRE scores for past entering classes, in recent years, rank 64% or above for the verbal and writing sections, and above 82% for the quantitative section. Therefore, it is recommended that your scores be comparable. You can check the percentiles provided along with your scores from ETS to find your ranking and compare.

Please note: the GRE Advanced is required for applicants to the Applied Physics doctoral program.

For more information, please see Graduate Student Affairs FAQs: Standardized Test Scores.

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5. Is the GRE Advanced test required to apply for the Ph.D. program in Applied Mathematics or Materials science & Engineering?

No, only the doctoral program in Applied Physics requires the GRE Advanced test. However, the GRE Advanced is strongly urged for doctoral applicants in Applied Mathematics and Materials Science & Engineering.

The minimum acceptable score suggested for admission is 680.

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6. What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL/IELTS score for admission to the graduate program in your department?

For information about TOEFL/IELTS requirements, please see Graduate Student Affairs FAQs: Standardized Test Scores.

The school code for reporting test scores is: 2111.

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7. How many students are admitted to the graduate program each year?

For fall 2015 admission, we expect 84 students to matriculate out of 420 applicants. All entering doctoral and doctoral track students were given full financial support.

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8. How can I track my application?

Undergraduate applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Graduate program applicants will receive an email from the Graduate Student Affairs office regarding when the application was sent for review. For more information, see General Admission.


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9. May I come for a visit?

The Visitors Center, located in Room 213 of Low Library, welcomes more than 45,000 visitors each year and serves as a central location for prospective students and visitors seeking general information about Columbia University. For more information, please see Visiting Columbia.

Undergraduate students: Information sessions & campus tours are available for prospective undergraduate students of Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. For more information, please see: Undergraduate Admissions: Visiting Columbia.

Graduate students: For information on virtual information sessions, on campus information sessions, academic department information sessions, and individual appointments, see Graduate Student Affairs:Visiting.

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10. Is it possible to meet a with a professor or take a lab tour?

Visitors are always welcome to visit the APAM Department to meet with our Student Services Coordinator. Please feel free to stop by the APAM office, 200 Mudd, anytime during regular business hours.

If you are interested in meeting with a faculty member or touring a lab, please send an email to seasinfo.apam@columbia.edu or call the APAM Student Services Coordinator at 212-854-4457 to make an appointment before you come for a visit.

Please note: it is extremely difficult to schedule a faculty appointment or a lab tour if you do not make arrangements ahead of time.

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Current Student FAQ

1. Who should I talk to about which courses I should register for?

Each semester you should meet with your advisor to have your program plan approved. Please refer to the Academic Advisors list for your particular field and year.

Undergraduate students should also consult Columbia's Division of Student Affairs: Center for Student Advising.

Graduate students purusing a doctoral degree should also consult Ph.D. Requirements for Current Gradutate Students.

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2. Who should I talk to about student affairs related questions (registration, bills, health service, etc.)?

Please contact the APAM Student Services Coordinator if you have any questions about registration procedures, bills and fees, holds on your account, health service, gym access, grade changes, or leaves of absence. She will also assist graduate students by scheduling oral exams and thesis defenses.

Please also see Useful Links for connect to the Registrar, Health Services, Directory of Classes, and other useful sites.

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3.
Will I have an assigned desk?

Shared desks and lockers are available for first-year doctoral students in room 292 Engineering Terrace. Key card access to the student rooms, including the student lounge in room 292A ET (lounge access after 5pm only,) will be set up approximately two to three weeks after registration. After graduate students complete their first year, they will be given bench or desk space in:

  • the lab,
  • the office area of their advisor,
  • or in the department student office areas 292 A/B Engineering Terrace.

Unfortunately, due to space limitations, there are no desks available for undergraduate students or master's students not enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the Department.

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4. Where are public computers and printers located?

Students may use computers in the many computer labs and kiosks located throughout the campus. The closest computer lab to the APAM department is the 251 Engineering Terrace/Gussman Lab.

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5. Who should I call if there is a problem with my office or lab?

Students may directly contact Columbia University Facilities at 212-854-2222 or submit a request online to report problems (light bulb missing, room temperature, etc.)

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Medical Physics FAQ

Please see the Medical Physics FAQ page

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