Columbia University (Vagelos)

Address

Columbia University / Admissions Office, Box 41 / 630 West 168th Street / New York, New York USA 10032

Phone

212-305-3595

Email

psadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu

Overview

School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
MD
Public/Private
Private
Year Founded
1767
US News Rank - Research
6
US News Rank - Primary Care
31
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()

City Size
9M+

Getting In

Median GPA
3.91
Median MCAT
521
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
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Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
Yes
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AMCAS
Letters of Rec Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
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Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
No
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$110
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Traditional
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?
Yes

Secondary Essay Prompts

The mission of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is to prepare graduates to be leaders and role models who define excellence in patient care, medical research, education, and health care policy. Their experiences at VP&S will enable them to shape the future and set the standards of medicine in the United States and the world. Their guided exposure and training will allow them to exhibit the highest principles of humanism and professionalism in their responsibilities to their patients, to their community, and to society.




Essay Topics (2019-2020)

What were/are your undergraduate major(s) and minor(s)?

Please select one of the options below that best describe your major.

Biological sciences (biology, microbiology, zoology, etc.)

Physical sciences (biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, etc)

Social sciences/humanities (sociology, economics, English, etc)

Other health professions (nursing, pharmacy, etc.)

All Others (including double majors and mixed disciplines)

If your name is often mispronounced, how do you pronounce it? What is your preferred name?

Have you previously applied to Medical School?

Yes or No

If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so.

Did you work for compensation during college, during the year, or the summer?

Yes or No

If so, what did you do? How many hours a week did you work?

If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim.

Please describe your most meaningful leadership positions.

Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons values diversity in all its forms. How will your background and experiences contribute to this important focus of our institution and inform your future role as a physician?

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Do you have a parent who graduated from or is affiliated with Columbia University?

Yes or No

Please describe your parents' occupations:

Essay Topics (2018-2019)

1. If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)

2. In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 characters)

3. If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. (300 words)

4. What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? (300 words) (This is the only required question)

5. Is there anything else you would like us to know? (300 words)

6. Please describe your parents occupations. (100 characters)

If you answer yes to the Did you work during undergrad? checkbox, this question appears:

Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer? If so, what did you do? How many hours a week did you work? (300 words)

MSTP:

7. What Academic Honors Have You Received? (e.g. prizes, scholarships, fellowships, honors societies). (5000 Characters)

8. What are your major research interests? (20 words)

9. PhD Goals (5000 characters)

10. Additional Information (5000 Characters)

Columbia Bassett:

7. Columbia-Bassett application adds one essay of What aspect of Columbia-Bassett has the most appeal to you?

Essay Topics ('17 - '18)

1. If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)

2. From which languages can you translate scholarly material into English?

3. In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 words)

4. If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. (300 words)

5. What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? (300 words)

6. Is there anything else you would like us to know? (300 words)

7. Please describe your parents' occupations: (100 words)

Essay Topics ('16 - '17)

If your name is often mispronounced, how do you pronounce it? What is your preferred name? (25 chars)

If your last name is often mispronounced, how do you pronounce it? (25 chars)

If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)

From which languages can you translate scholarly material into English? (no apparent limit)

In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 chars)

If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. (300 words)

What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? (300 words)

Is there anything else you would like us to know? (300 words)

Please describe your parents' occupations. (100 chars)

Essay Topics ('15 - '16)

If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)

From which languages can you translate scholarly material into English?

In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 char)

Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer? (300 words)

If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. (300 words)

What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? (300 words)

Is there anything else you would like us to know? (300 words)

Did you complete a PostBaccalaureate pre-medical program?

Do you have a parent or sibling who graduated from or is affiliated with Columbia University?

Please describe your parents occupations: (100 char)

Essay Topics ('14 - '15)

If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. 250 words.

In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? 400 characters

Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer? 300 words

If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. 300 words.

What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? 300 words.

Is there anything else you would like us to know? 300 words.

Essay Topics ('13 - '14)

1. Please describe your parents' occupations: Characters Remaining:100

2. If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. Words Remaining:250

3. In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? Characters Remaining:400

4. Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer? If so, what did you do? How many hours a week did you work?Words Remaining:300

5. If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim.Words Remaining:300

6. What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? Words Remaining:300

7. Is there anything else you would like us to know? Words Remaining:300

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