Application Procedure
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.

Application Requirements

Entrance Examination

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 throughout May.

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, 2021.

Online Application

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 $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, 2021.

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 2021-2022 academic year. Last year's application cannot be reactivated, and students must create a new account with a new PIN and password.

Important Dates

Columbia University Science Honors Program.