Dissecting the Application Checklist

With the final enrollment deadline here, I wanted to share with our newly-admitted students (and newly-enrolled students) an update to your status pages. If you’ve visited the Status Page or read this January 7 blog post, you are already familiar with how it works. And you may have noticed it can be ambiguous with the details, specifically regarding the Application Checklist. During the application period, the Application Checklist uses red Xs and green checkmarks indicating if our office received your required application materials. It distinguishes between “Awaiting” and “Received,” depending on if we had acquired your materials or not; without discerning between official and unofficial. Thus, for our admitted students it’s not quite that easy to see the differences in the received status of your official vs. unofficial documents.

To help you make sense of this conundrum, I’ll briefly walk you through it with a series of screenshots.

The Application Checklist.

The image pictured above is what your Application Checklist will look like after you’ve submitted your completed application. Don’t rely on the green checkmarks alone, as they are misleading. Instead, you’ll need to do a little detective work. Review the received date: does it indicate we received your materials months ago, perhaps around the same time you submitted your application? If so, you may recall that you only submitted scanned copies of some materials (like your transcripts) or self-reported your test scores. This means you still need to send us official copies.

But wait…what if you can’t remember if you submitted official or unofficial documentation?

Hover over the check mark to confirm to see if the document was an unofficial or official copy.

That’s easy; just hover the green checkmark. If the text that appears reads “Status: Received Copy” (like in the image above) then that means we only have your unofficial records, or a copy of them. So you still need to make sure you send us the official ones. 

Hover over the check mark to confirm if we've received your official document.

You’ll know we received your official materials when the text changes to “Status: Received” (as pictured above). After that your file is complete and you don’t have to send us anything else.

Remember, we only need your official documentation if you’ve chosen to enroll at SIPA. So if you’ve submitted your enrollment deposit or plan to by the deadline, please make sure we have all of your materials. Official transcripts and test scores are due by July 15, 2015 (unless noted otherwise in your admission letter).

Official test scores must be sent to us by the testing company (e.g., ETS, GMAC).

  • GRE/TOEFL ibt school code: 2161 (no department code)
  • GMAT school code: MIA is QF8-64-56; MPA is QF8-64-99

You may mail your official transcripts to:

Columbia University | SIPA
Office of Admissions & Financial Aid
514 West 113th Street
New York, New York 10025

If you’re still confused, no worries. Just give us a call or send us an email.

And before you know it, you’ll start to received emails from the Office of Student Affairs. So keep a lookout for an email about orientation, academic advising, student email addresses, and more this June.