Graduate Admissions FAQs

For more information regarding the application process, financial aid, or standardized test scores, see:

Where can I find an application?

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

Graduate applications, requirements, and deadlines are available at Graduate Admissions.

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 2018-2019, the stipend for teaching assistants is $29,350 for nine months; for research assistants, the stipend is $39.133 for twelve months.

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

For more information regarding tuition and fees, please see:

For information on the types of student housing available and costs, please see:

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 Engineering: Standardized Test Scores.

Is the GRE Advanced test required to apply for the PhD 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.

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 Engineering: Standardized Test Scores.

The school code for reporting test scores is: 2111.

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

For the Fall 2018 admissions cycle, 88 students matriculated out of 523 applicants. All entering doctoral and doctoral track students were given full financial support.

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, please see Graduate Engineering: Application Process.

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: Campus Visit.

Graduate students:
For information on virtual information sessions, on campus information sessions, academic department information sessions, and individual appointments, see Graduate Engineering: Visit Us.

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 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.