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Columbia Receives Many, Many Applications

Columbia Office of Undergraduate Admissions (artist’s rendering)

33,460 prospies applied to our fair university (during both the Early and Regular Decision rounds) this year. According to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Jessica Marinaccio:

“We have received 33,460 applications to Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science for the Class of 2017, a five percent increase from last year. We are thrilled that so many students are considering Columbia as one of their college choices and look forward to learning about these applicants over the course of the next few months as we continue with our review process.”

Since Columbia College and Fu SEAS only accept around 2,400 students each year, some 93% of these eager applicants will be rejected. Current Columbia students, on the other hand, will experience unearned pride: 33,460 applications isn’t quite as high as two years ago (when we received 34,929 applications) but it’s much higher than last year’s numbers. Since a university’s prestige is apparently proportional to how many high school seniors they make cry, this means we’re still one of the best schools in the country.

Fourth-best, to be precise.

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42 Comments

  • Arrogant dumbass. says:

    @Arrogant dumbass. I rather be known by my name rather than what school I come from. That is when I know I have been truly successful.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Darling Dickwad, this is America: if no one knows your name now, they’re not going to know it later.

      Better buy that sweatshirt.

    2. Anonymooose says:

      @Anonymooose In that case you’ll be known as ‘Arrogant Dumbass’

    3. I guess says:

      @I guess many of you don’t aspire to be more than where you went to school. Congrats kids, you made it.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I, for one, have always wanted to be a Strawman.

        Thanks, fuckface.

    4. Penis Procrasterbator says:

      @Penis Procrasterbator mine is slightly above 7 inches when aroused, but I usually end up rounding up to like 7.5 inches.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous There are less high school seniors in the US now, then there were a few years ago. I think the second boom peaked in 2010-11, and is going down.

    1. grammar nazi says:

      @grammar nazi check it: “there are FEWER high school seniors in the U.S. now”

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I don’t go to Columbia, smarty pants :

  • grammarian says:

    @grammarian check two: “THAN there were a few years ago”
    check three: “I think the second boom peaked in 2010-11, and is NOW going down.”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Can someone please tell me why it’s still “rape” if she likes it?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous sup Van Owen

    2. anon says:

      @anon son, do the right thing and turn yourself in

  • grammar nazi 2 says:

    @grammar nazi 2 There are *fewer* high school seniors in the US now [delete unnecessary comma] *than* there were a few years ago. I think the second boom peaked in 2010-11[delete unnecessary comma] and is going down.

  • i know its winter break says:

    @i know its winter break and we’re all bored but everyone shut up about grammar please

  • Meanwhile at Dartmouth... says:

    @Meanwhile at Dartmouth... 3% decrease.

    Can we be smug about this yet?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Is that by weight or by volume?

  • seriously? says:

    @seriously? this is pretentious.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous How come we never know how many people apply to GS?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You need to check their website. They are a completely different school with its own admissions office that is not on the common application that high school students can apply to.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous It’s not a completely different school.

        1. CC'14 says:

          @CC'14 He didn’t mean “independent college” when he said GS is a “different school.”

          He means GS is a different college, just like how CC is a different college from SEAS.

          No biggie.

  • senior says:

    @senior i do, too!

    AHHH IM GRADUATING FUCK!

  • HS senior says:

    @HS senior at least my tears will serve a purpose!

  • does anyone else feel crappy says:

    @does anyone else feel crappy that our school is called the “Fu Foundation?”
    Really? the guy only donated 26 million… CMON! WE ARE ALL LABELED AFTER A GUY WHO DONATED 26 MILLION?!?!?!?! FUCK THAT SHIT

    1. CU_Alum says:

      @CU_Alum The Fu donation was in 1997. $26 million then is equivalent to $37.3 million today. And SEAS got all the money right away; most large donations are paid in installments over5-10 years and thus are worth less than their face value.

      SEAS was smaller and weaker in 1997 than it is today. That’s why it couldn’t command a bigger naming gift. A lot of the school’s progress since then is attributable to the Fu money.

  • wtf bwog says:

    @wtf bwog since when are we calling SEAS “Fu”?

  • lol says:

    @lol class of 2015 whoo

  • Kellog says:

    @Kellog “sounds” much better

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Columbia is the best!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Those stats are very old. Way more than five years old and certainly way before the Columbia joined the common app when their applications went from 20 thousand to 35 thousand.

  • meanwhile says:

    @meanwhile I’M STILL MISSING GRADES. WHYYYYYYY

    1. Meanwhile says:

      @Meanwhile At the Hall of Justice…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “33,460 prospies applied to our fair university (during both the Early and Regular Decision rounds) this year.”

    Err…

    “33,460 prospies applied to CC/SEAS….”

    I’m pretty sure there are more schools than CC/SEAS at Columbia so check your lede!

    1. Really? says:

      @Really? “Prospies” obviously means high schoolers. No one calls college students applying for grad school “prospies”. Chill with the pedantry.

  • alum says:

    @alum Given what I know now from friends at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, I would not trade my Columbia undergrad experience for any of them. They are all amazing schools, so at this point what makes one “better” than the others depends totally on the kind of person you are, and on your interests. You won’t find such a diverse and politically engaged student body in any of the other schools, for example, nor do they offer the diversity of activities available to Columbia students in NYC. Anyhow, sorry for spilling my college nostalgia over Bwog. Have a great start of the semester!

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