Columbia University Application Deadlines (2024) and What to Expect After Applying

Considering applying to Columbia College or the School of the Arts? Review the application deadlines, plus admissions decision notification milestones based on data according to Acceptance Statistics from our Application Database.

Undergraduate application deadlines and admissions timeline​


BA in Film and Media Studies*

Early Decision

  • Early Decision Application Deadline: November 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • QuestBridge National College Match applicants: November 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Early Decision (Financial Aid Applications): November 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Early Decision Admissions and Financial Aid Notifications: Mid-December, 2023
  • Early Decision Response Deadline: Early January, 2023
Regular Decision
  • Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Regular Decision Financial Aid Applications: February 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Regular Decision Admissions and Financial Aid Notifications: Early April, 2024
  • Regular Decisions Response Deadline: May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Enrollment Deferral Request Deadline: May 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Exclusive FilmSchool.org Data calculated from our database:
  • Earliest/Latest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest/Latest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest/Latest Decision Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest/Latest Admitted Off Waitlist Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest/Latest Scholarship Notification: Not Reported
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Graduate application deadlines and admissions timeline​


Writing for Film and Television MFA
  • Application Deadline: December 19, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Exclusive FilmSchool.org Data calculated from our database:
  • Earliest/Latest Interview Notification Date: February 3 - 6
  • Earliest/Latest Interview Date: February 15 - February 27
  • Earliest/Latest Decision Notification Date: March 23 - March 23
  • Earliest/Latest Admitted Off Waitlist Date: June 16 - June 16
  • Earliest/Latest Scholarship Notification: June 16 - June 16
Screenwriting and Directing MFA
  • Application Deadline: December 19, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Exclusive FilmSchool.org Data calculated from our database:
  • Earliest/Latest Interview Notification Date: February 5 - April 23
  • Earliest/Latest Interview Date: February 9 - June 1
  • Earliest/Latest Decision Notification Date: February 5 - April 7
  • Earliest/Latest Admitted Off Waitlist Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest/Latest Scholarship Notification:March 20 - March 21

Creative Producing MFA​

  • Application Deadline: December 19, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Exclusive FilmSchool.org Data calculated from our database:
  • Earliest/Latest Interview Notification Date: January 16 - February 10
  • Earliest/Latest Interview Date: February 1 - March 17
  • Earliest/Latest Decision Notification Date: March 5 - March 26
  • Earliest/Latest Admitted Off Waitlist Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest/Latest Scholarship Notification: March 10 - March 10

What to expect after applying to Columbia University​


Columbia University sends official admissions decisions (accepted, waitlisted, rejected) for both undergraduate and graduate applicants via email, and occasionally by mail. Decision notifications are not sent during March and April. Columbia University does not offer critiques of application materials or feedback around admissions decisions. Interviews for BA in Film and Media studies program applicants are not guaranteed nor required for admission. If selected, you will meet with a member of Columbia’s Alumni Representative Committee.

To update your email address and/or mailing address, email soaadmissions@columbia.edu with "Applicant Address Update" in the subject line.

If accepted, you must submit a non-refundable $800 deposit by check, credit card, or money order to Columbia University by the deadline in their admissions decision letters. The deposit requires your program name, concentration, and CU student ID. If the deposit is not postmarked or digitally submitted before or on the due date, your admissions offer is null; extensions are granted on case-by-case basis.

Does Columbia University grant deferrals?​


The University grants deferrals of admission only in special circumstances. If granted, the non-refundable $800 deposit will hold your spot until February 1, 2025. Financial aid and scholarships do not carry over to the following academic year, and re-enrollment requires an additional non-refundable $400 deposit.

Does Columbia University have a waitlist?​


Yes, but the University does not provide waitlist statistics. Waitlisted students will receive notifications as soon as spots become available; most waitlisted candidates will receive an admissions decision by August 2024. The waitlist does not carry over to the following admissions season.

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