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 2014-2015
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.
Columbia University Science Honors Program
2014-2015 Academic Year
- A completed online application, including a report of high school
grades and an essay describing one's interest and background in science and
- An official high school transcript, to be mailed directly to the SHP
by the student's high school.
- An online letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor,
- A $30 non-refundable fee to cover the costs of application processing
and test administration.
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 2014: April
5 and April 26. 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
The deadline for SHP receipt of the completed online application is 11:59
PM on February 27, 2014. The $30 fee payment, whether by credit
card or check, must also be received by the SHP by February 27, 2014.
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 20, 2014.
The SHP online application can be accessed at:
This site will initially require the student to create an account with the
online application provider, "Apply Yourself", after which the applicant
will receive a unique PIN number and password. With this ID information,
a student can return to work on his/her application over several sessions.
All online application information is transmitted through a secured server
and is not released to the SHP admissions staff until the student submits
his/her final version of the application.
The person whom the student has selected to write a recommendation letter
will be automatically notified and asked to submit the recommendation
online. Students should discuss with potential recommenders the waiver of
rights option before making a final selection of recommender. A student's
choice to waive or not to waive rights to inspect the recommendation
cannot be changed after the recommendation request has been submitted.
Instructions for making the payment of the $30 application fee are given
at the end of the online application process, immediately before final
submission of the completed application. Payment by credit card is
preferred and ensures that the SHP receives the fee by the February 27th
It is the student's responsibility to have his/her high school mail the
required official transcript to the SHP by the due date.
After a completed application has been submitted to the SHP, the applicant
should receive a confirmation e-mail indicating successful submission.
The student can subsequently track the status of the submitted application
and the SHP's receipt of the associated recommendation letter and official
transcript by using the online tracking system. After the close of the
application period, applicants will be notified of which examination date
they have been assigned and will then be able to print out an admission
ticket for the test. This personal ticket, which will indicate the
assigned date and room location for the test, must be presented at
Columbia when the examination is given. Applicants will be notified about
admission decisions by June 18, 2014.
Students who are currently members of the SHP in good standing are entitled
to continue in the program until graduation from high school and do not have
to reapply for admission.
Students who applied to the program last year but were not admitted may
submit a new application for the 2014-2015 academic year. Last year's
application cannot be reactivated, and students must create a new account
with a new PIN and password.
- Deadline for completed application and
fee payment: February 27, 2014.
- Personal test admission ticket
available online: March 17, 2014.
- Deadline for SHP's receipt of mailed
official transcripts and online recommendations: March 20, 2014.
- Entrance examination dates: Either April 5, 2014 or April 26, 2014.
- Notification of admission decisions: available by June 18, 2014.