|EARLY INTEREST: The admissions office received
approximately 6 percent more applications for early decision than
last year, continuing a trend toward a bigger and better applicant
Of the 1,159 applications received, 426 were offered to join the
College’s Class of 2003, which is expected to total about 955
students. Another 20 percent were deferred to the spring
deliberation sessions. Roughly 45 percent of the Class of 2003 will
be comprised of early decision candidates, the same percentage as
in the Class of 2002.
Prospective students may apply in the fall to one school for an
early decision. If they are accepted and decide to come, they must
withdraw their applications from other schools.
Early decision applications in 1997 were up 23 percent from the
previous year and have risen steadily over the past five
“The benefit is that these students have investigated and
are choosing us as their first choice,” said Director of
Admissions Eric Furda. He said Columbia has received
significant positive national publicity recently and attributed the
rise in applicants to the school’s curriculum and location.
He indicated that the quality of applicants, measured by GPAs and
SAT scores, has been steadily on the rise as well.
The admissions office expects another 10,000 to 11,000
applications in the spring to fill the remaining 55 percent of the