Columbia University Science Honors Program
2021-2022 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 2021-2022
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.
- A completed online application, including a report of high school
grades and an essay describing one's interest and background in science and
- An high school transcript, to be uploaded by the
applicant via the online application.
- An online letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor,
- A $50 non-refundable fee to cover the costs of application
processing and test administration. If necessary, we can waive the
application fee with a note from a school guidance counselor on in
writing or via email on school letterhead.
As part of the application process, there will also be a 2-hour online
entrance examination. There will be multiple dates available on the
weekends throughout May. Students will be contacted to choose their
preferred examination date after the application deadline. The
examination 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.
An entrance examination date selection form will be distributed to all
applicants in early April. There will be weekend dates available
If you are eligible for exam-taking accommodations, we will need a
copy of a letter from, for example, the College Board describing your
accommodations for standardized tests, e.g. SATs or ACTS, or a copy of
your IEP if applicable. An option for accomodations will be available
on the exam date selection form and we will contact those who select
that option to obtain the needed documentation.
Application Deadline The deadline for SHP receipt of the
completed online application is 11:59 PM on March 15, 2021.
The $50 fee payment, whether by credit card or check, must also be
received by the SHP by March 15, 2021. No applications will be
accepted after this date.
Applicant upload of the transcript, and online letters of
recommendation, must be received by the SHP no later than March 31,
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
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 $50 application fee (or
request a fee waiver) 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 March 15th deadline.
It is the student's responsibility to upload the required
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 upload the
transcript (if not done previously), and track the SHP's receipt of
the associated recommendation letter, by returning to the application
at any time. Note that no other application changes or edits are
possible after the March 15th submission deadline. 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 early July,
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.
applied to the program last year but were not admitted may submit a
new application for the 2021-2022 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: March 15, 2021.
- Deadline for SHP's receipt of transcripts and online
recommendations: March 31, 2021.
- Entrance Examanition Date Selection: early April.
- Entrance examination dates: multiple weekend dates throughout May.
- Notification of admission decisions: emailed out by early July, 2021.