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.
- 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
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.
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.
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 $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 March
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 20, 2018.
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 2018-2019 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 1, 2018.
- Personal test admission ticket available online: March 15, 2018.
- Deadline for SHP's receipt of mailed official transcripts and
online recommendations: March 15, 2018.
- Entrance examination dates: Either April 7, 2018 or April 21, 2018.
- Notification of admission decisions: available by June 20, 2018.