Application Process

All applicants must submit a standardized test score as part of their application for admission; please see the appropriate requirements below.

Please note that, regardless of where an applicant's secondary education was completed, applicants who have taken the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) must submit test scores to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

Students or Graduates of Anglophone High Schools

If English was the primary language of instruction for the candidate's high school or secondary education, he or she must submit a recent Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) score. Scores should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the testing service.  Official* scores from the SAT or the ACT taken within the last eight years are required. Standardized scores must be reported directly from the testing service to the Dual BA Program, care of Columbia University School of General Studies.

While not required by the admissions committee, students who wish to submit SAT Subject Test results as part of their application for admission are welcome to do so, in addition to their SAT or ACT results. Please note that SAT Subject Tests alone cannot fulfill the standardized testing requirement.

  • The ETS code number for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2095.
  • The ACT code number for Columbia University School of General Studies is 2716.

*Official documents are those that arrive in a sealed envelope directly from the testing service.

Students or Graduates of Non-Anglophone High Schools

Students for whom English was not the primary language of instruction for their high school or secondary education must submit official scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) scores. The Dual BA Program Admissions Committee requires a minimum score of 94 on the internet-based TOEFL (or 600 on the paper version), 7.0 on the IELTS, or a grade of B or higher on the CAE level C.

In addition, all students are also strongly encouraged to submit a recent SAT or ACT score as part of their application for admission to the Dual BA Program, even if English was not the primary language of instruction during their high school or secondary education. Applicants should arrange to have recent test scores sent to the GS Admissions Office directly from the test administrator. Non-native English speakers may choose to submit an SAT or ACT score instead of a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE; however, the admissions committee reserves the right to ask students to later submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE as part of their application.

Students Applying to the European Studies and Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures Programs

Applicants to either the European Studies or Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures programs must demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than English or Irish. Please see the Language Proficiency page for more information on the required languages and the minimum proficiency levels for each program.