Application Procedure
Columbia University Science Honors Program
2018-2019 Academic Year


The Columbia University Science Honors Program (SHP) is a highly selective program for students who have a strong interest in science and mathematics. Classes are held at Columbia from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturdays throughout the academic year. Applicants for the 2018-2019 school year must now be in the eleventh, tenth, or ninth grade and must apply online. The program is available only to students who attend high schools in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut and who live within a 75-mile radius of the Columbia campus.

Application Requirements

Entrance Examination

As part of the application process, there will also be a 3-hour entrance examination given at Columbia University. There are two scheduled Saturday dates for the entrance examination in the spring of 2018: April 7 and April 21. Students will be asked to indicate their preferred examination date; however, the SHP cannot guarantee that a student will receive his/her first choice. The examination will be from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The test will contain questions in mathematics and science. Students are expected to have a background in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and probability, together with some knowledge of elementary science subjects. No special studying or review is needed for the examination.

Application Deadline

The deadline for SHP receipt of the completed online application is 11:59 PM on March 1, 2018. The $30 fee payment, whether by credit card or check, must also be received by the SHP by March 1, 2018. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Mailed official transcripts and online letters of recommendation must be received by the SHP no later than March 15, 2018.

Online Application

The SHP online application for the 2018-2019 academic year will open during the first week of January.

Important Dates


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