Sunday, November 25, 2007
TK asks: "Below is a question about Columbia's application process. I'm sure the question-asker would appreciate any insights. In addition, I have a question: $100-$120 sounds outrageous to me. Are there any other programs that ask for application fees in this range? Thanks."
I recently finished my undergrad and am applying to several MFA programs in creative writing, with a fiction concentration. On Columbia University's website it states: "In order to establish an admissions file, we must receive an application and payment ($100 for online applications and $120 for paper applications). Materials or the application fee alone cannot be used to open an admissions file, and we cannot be responsible for transcripts, letters, or other documents received before your file is open." Does the above statement mean that if my letters of recommendation arrive before my full application and payment that they will be discarded by Columbia if my file is not yet "open"? I'm currently abroad on a Fulbright and therefore asked my recommenders to send the letters directly to the schools rather than overseas to me because of possible time-crunches and mail complications. Any help would be appreciated.