Dear BAC,

Greetings from Columbia’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions! We hope all is well with you in this new year and that you had a wonderful holiday season!

January brings new excitement and new beginnings for all and for our office it brings the regular decision admissions process for the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering class of 2017! We are currently hard at work reading applications from applicants who have reached out to us from around the world. Columbia College and Columbia Engineering graduates have a unique opportunity to assist our office in bringing this class and future talented classes to Columbia.

The Alumni Representative Committee (ARC) is a committee of nearly 6000 Columbia alumni around the world that interview applicants to Columbia and report to our office on their conversations. You may remember receiving an interview like this yourself. They are an important part of our admissions process as they provide us with an understanding of who the applicant is beyond what is provided on paper. Columbia alumni have the wonderful ability to sense whether or not an applicant is a good fit for the Columbia experience, and your insight in these cases is invaluable to what we do. Interview reports better inform our evaluations and, in many cases, can make the difference in our? final decision to admit or deny a student. Even more, they enable our office to reach applicants in distant areas of the world that may never have considered Columbia. Last year we received nearly 32,000 applications, yet we were only able to interview about 30% of these applicants. We need more alumni to conduct interviews so we can reach as many students as possible. ARC is a wonderful way for you to contribute to Columbia as a young alum, and our office always appreciates alumni that are willing to assist us.

I hope that you will consider joining the?Alumni Representative Committee if you have not done so already. If you are a Columbia College or Columbia Engineering alum, please click?hereto log in and join using your UNI and password. After logging in, please update your contact information, choose a region, and review the ARC Training Presentation. You can then begin to request interviews. You can interview applicants near where you live or work, and you can also interview applicants from your hometown via phone or Skype if you cannot make it there in person. Training information and our ARC Handbook can be found on the ARC website. Attached is additional information on ARC for your reference.

The ARC Online system has many eager students awaiting interview assignments, so please sign up TODAY and start interviewing! If you have any questions, you can contact our office at ARCinfo@columbia.edu.

Thank you for your time and consideration; I hope to read an interview report from you in the near future!


All the best,


Whitney Green (SEAS ’10)
Senior Admissions Officer


Whitney R. Green
Senior Admissions Officer
Columbia College & The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Columbia University in the City of New York | Office of Undergraduate Admissions
212 Hamilton Hall, Mail Code 2807 | 1130 Amsterdam Avenue | New York, NY 10027
p: 212-851-9482 | f: 212-854-1209 | wrg2103@columbia.edu