Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Secondary Essay Prompts

Below are the secondary prompts for Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Want to maximize your chances for an interview invite? Work with our expert medical school admission consultants to put your best foot forward through our secondary application editing services.


1. If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)

2. In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 characters)

3. If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. (300 words)

4. What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? (300 words) (This is the only required question)

5. Is there anything else you would like us to know? (300 words)

6. Please describe your parents’ occupations. (100 characters)

If you answer yes to the “Did you work during undergrad?” checkbox, this question appears:

“Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer? If so, what did you do? How many hours a week did you work? (300 words)


7. What Academic Honors Have You Received? (e.g. prizes, scholarships, fellowships, honors societies). (5000 Characters)

8. What are your major research interests? (20 words)

9. PhD Goals (5000 characters)

10. Additional Information (5000 Characters)

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7. Columbia-Bassett application adds one essay of “What aspect of Columbia-Bassett has the most appeal to you?”