Special Students Admissions Requirements

Individuals may be eligible to take courses in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. These students must be admitted by the Office of the Assistant Dean for Admissions as Special Students (non-degree candidates).  Studios and visual studies courses are not open to special students.  Courses in the Real Estate Development program are closed as well.  Lecture classes are open to Special Students with the permission of the Assistant Dean of Admissions/Students and the faculty teaching the course.

Special Students receive library and computer access for the semester(s) in which they are enrolled; they receive a transcript from Columbia University with the course name and grade(s).  Special Students pay the current per-point fee for the course; they are not entitled to student health insurance.

If at a later date a special student wishes to apply for matriculation in any of the graduate degree programs, the student must file a formal application before the stipulated deadline. The Admissions Committee does not treat the applicant preferentially.

In some cases, students who take courses as special students and are later admitted to a degree program may be awarded advanced standing. Those who wish to apply for degree candidacy are therefore urged to do so at the earliest possible time.


DEADLINE:  Fall (August 15) + Spring (December 1) 

1. On-line application (https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=COL-ARCH)*
2. Application Fee ($75.00 US)*
3. Transcripts in English*
*  indicates materials that should be submitted online

Download the Special Student Checklist of Required Materials

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