Columbia University Essay

Want to know what it takes to get into Columbia University, which had a 6.9% acceptance rate this year?

We just got a clue thanks to Peter Jacobs at IvyGate, who discovered an online folder where students who were accepted into Columbia's class of 2017 are sharing their Common App essays.

Columbia is one of hundreds of colleges that accept the Common App, a standardized undergraduate college application. One of the most daunting parts of the application is the essay, where applicants are asked to write up to 650 words about nearly any subject under the sun.

Unfortunately, the Google Drive folder was deleted shortly after we discovered it. But we picked out a few noteworthy opening paragraphs, below, and you can read more about what was in the essays over at IvyGate.

The 'life as a movie':

The dramatic opening:

The hipster paradox:

The extended resume:

The romance novel:

The prefrosh still have a lot to learn before they reach these hallowed halls.

In this next part of our introduction to the CC/SEAS Class of 2020, we decided to take a different approach. Sure, we could share all of the funny, shocking, and downright strange messages we had access to—and believe us, we have a lot of screenshots that didn’t make the cut— but somehow those short excerpts don’t seem to fully acquaint us with the various prefrosh characters. Luckily, the Class of 2020 really went above and beyond in sharing a variety of material with each other–so much so, that these budding Lions even shared their Common App essays and Columbia supplementals in a public group (similar to our peers in the Class of 2017). We think that these essays provide a much richer idea of what we’ll be dealing with next year. To help you prepare, Bwog is sharing some of the prefrosh admission essays. All essays we found are included to the fullest extent available.

*Note: The prefrosh did not consistently share quality pictures of their admissions essays. Bwog apologizes, though we hope you’re entertained regardless.

Columbia Supplemental Responses

They really love their band. We hope CUMB doesn’t disappoint them.

Regarding The Catcher in the Rye: “When I was little, my grandpa and I would feed ducks. I, too, wondered where they went during winter…”

“Weirdly enough, one of my favorite sections is the obituary page.”

“One Direction is one of my favorite music groups”

“As I walked through halls and libraries on the campus with my tour group, topics of conversation ranged from quirky school legends to an annual bad poetry contest.”

Under a section which lists print, electronic publication and websites regularly read: “Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy”

“I also read/watch Buzzfeed because I appreciate its commentary on current social issues.”

Under the list of films, concerts, shows, etc. enjoyed most: “Civil War to Civil Rights: The Politics of History – Eric Foner”

“Writing is my therapy. It is natural, vulnerable, sincere, and holy.”

Ah yes, we love our regular visits to, too.

Trend we’ve noticed in the Class of 2020: they have a distinct love for John Green.

This prefrosh allegedly has a solid chunk of the Core finished already. We’re sure it’s coincidental.

Vogue, Wired, and The American Journal of Medicine? Truly a Renaissance Man.

Common Application And Miscellaneous Essays


All photos courtesy of Bwog Staff

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