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At 3PM today, Columbia’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced that it had received 4,086 Early Decision applications to Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. This marks a 16% percent increase over last year and the largest Early Decision applicant pool in Columbia’s history.

Decisions will be made available online for applications starting at 6PM EST today.

Congratulations to the incoming Class of 2021; the entire community is so excited to welcome you in the fall!

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

As part of our elections coverage, The Lion is sharing responses from candidates about the following questions:

  1. What motivated you to run for this position?
  2. If elected, what would your goals be?
  3. What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
  4. Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

Below, you can find the candidate(s)’s unfiltered responses to help in deciding who you choose to vote for.

What motivated you to run for this position? 

Two main reasons: First, I have genuine need to help people, especially if there is some connection among us. That is obviously the case with SEAS 2020 students. Although we’ve only been together for a month, this is our family for the next four years of our lives. I want to be there for each and every one of them whenever they need help with an issue, have an idea, or simply want a friend to talk to—and make their freshman year the best experience. Second, I was president of my school’s student council, a very interesting experience where I design a whole new structure for the council that ended up being a success throughout the year. I knew from the start I wanted to be part of the council here at Columbia.

If elected, what would your goals be?

We want our class to shine. For that, we want to organize activities as the TedX SEAS 2020 talk and the information sessions of our major, current world engineering issues and facilities with Columbia in order to start building our path toward our future. We want to hear our class’ voices. The idea is to establish an active and personalized interaction with each student, listening to their ideas and concerns. Also, we dream about a much intimate relationship within the engineering class. Coming from a school where our class was as big as 31 people, I’m used to know everyone around me. Our SEAS class is about 10 times that number, but it is still my goal to make that family bond among us: get more involved with people within their field of study and with similar interests outside engineering.

What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?

Going back to the part of communication, I feel there is an incredible gap in the matter that might make the Columbia experience a little less enjoyable. In the debate today a party member said it was only “ideal” to establish a one-to-one relationship among engineers. I want to change that perspective and turn it into a reality. To address it, we are going to encourage all engineers to attend to our activities, we will be sending personal emails and having one-to-one conversations all year round, the SEAS lounge is also part of the plan. If the idea is getting to know each other, then that is the way!

Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

I would like to say that, beyond our platform, is extremely important who you’re voting for. Plans can be repeated and shared from platform to platform, but the essence, identity and experience of a person cannot be mirrored on someone else. With that in mind, I would like to introduce myself a little more: I’m a very energetic, caring and joyful person with a constant positive attitude over whatever problem, regardless of the gravity. When I promise something, I will give every single part of me to fulfill it, with absolute dedication and, above all, love. I’m running for president because I can promise you help, a person you can reach to, a friend. So trust me, vote for E&B and you won’t regret it.

Meet Tevis. Tevis, a first-year in Columbia College is originally from Hurricane, West Virginia. We sat down with him to learn more about his interests in Economics and some of his goals while at Columbia.

What are you current passions? How do you think you’ll pursue them on campus?

I have a few that come to mind. I love singing and want to join an a cappella group at some point. I really like playing piano, so I might take some lessons here if possible. I like making people laugh and entertaining people. Mostly helping people.

When I was younger, I always asked others about the stock market. Then I finally looked at YouTube, read some articles and took AP Macro and Micro online and realized I really love it. That’s why I want to study Economics here.

Also, I’d love to start a lip sync battle club on campus. I would be fun. I am only really good at one song, but I’m learning some new songs right now.

Of everything you’ve worked on, volunteered for, and studied, what are you most proud of?

I’m happy I was the only student from my high school to come to an Ivy League and/or New York City. People in my hometown initially were shocked that I did not choose to go to school in West Virginia because of scholarship opportunities, but Columbia was my dream school.

I first visited New York in the third grade and ever since then, I’ve always wanted to live in the city. Throughout the years, I’ve visited multiple metropolitan areas (except for LA) and realized I want to go to a good university in a metropolitan area.  Then, I toured on campus (shoutout to URC tour guide Jess Hui (CC ’18)) who heavily influenced my decision to want to come here. She encouraged me, saying that I could succeed. I felt like I had a chance because I might be able to get in Early Decision. And it worked out thankfully. A lot of people from small towns want to dream about life in the big city and I’m so excited to be here. There are so many opportunities [in NYC]. Seeing websites like Lionshare, I was amazed by the numerous amount of resources here [at Columbia] that I couldn’t fathom having in West Virginia.

My end goal is to work on Board of Governors or the Federal Reserve of NYC with my buddy Alexander Hamilton.

What are you most nervous/anxious about (in regards to college, Columbia, NYC, etc)?

My grades. But that’ll work out. Obviously everyone here likely came from the top of their classes. I remember that high school felt a lot easier, but we’ll see what happens. Also, stress.

What are you most excited about (in regards to college, Columbia, NYC, etc)?

Probably looking at all the clubs and activities and internships. There’s so much to do here and it’s so overwhelming to figure out what to do.

Throughout the semester, we’ll be featuring interviews from new students. To recommend someone for an interview or to become an interviewer for The Lion, email

Photo Courtesy Andrew Mangeni

As part of our elections coverage, The Lion is sharing responses from candidates about the following questions:

  1. What motivated you to run for this position?
  2. If elected, what would your goals be?
  3. What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
  4. Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

Below, you can find the candidate(s)’s unfiltered responses to help in deciding who you choose to vote for.  The Lion has yet to endorse any candidate at this time and the views below do not necessarily represent the views of our team. For more information, email

What motivated you to run for this positon?

I wanted too make sure the ideas students had needed to be represented because I feel that right now the current council isn’t doing so. The group I’m running with wants to work towards transparency, and create a stronger sense of community within SEAS.

How would you go about building that sense of community?

Well for example we have the 3-2 students coming in (3-2 is this program that allows students to do 3 yrs at another institution and their last two years at Columbia) we can provide those students with mentors so they feel welcome and understand how things work here. I also want more student input with the events that are being planned so that students are engaged. For example, this council didn’t really ask students what shirt design they wanted, and its little things like this make students feel more involved. We could also do a better job with transparency by getting people on the same page so that students clearly know what events are going on. Also I believe we need more engagement with the faculty so that students have those close student-faculty relationships.

How would you go about creating more transparency, and strengthening student-faculty relationship?

Transparency is as easy as letting people know what you’re doing when it comes to things like planning events or institution new initiatives. With regards to faculty, we should have professors come to the different events SEAS holds and allowing students the one and one time they need with faculty.

What do you think is the main problem facing 2018 SEAS students and what would you do to make it better?

Since we’re going to be juniors its about to get real out here. We need to find internships, and out classes are going to be a lot harder. This is the time when you really need to form those faculty relationships, and have a community so we have a support system when things get tough. One thing I think we should do that’s really simple is having a calendar with internship deadlines so you know the opportunities available, and a place for just SEAS students to go to get help with applications and interview prep for engineering internships.

Earlier today, the University Registrar’s Office added the option to update your preferred name in SSOL.  The change, long requested by LGBTQ groups, will now allow students to have their name updated in course rosters, LionMail email aliases, and other Columbia sites. The change will not allow students to change their UNI or financial aid documentations due to legal restrictions.

In our interview with Barry Kane, the University Registrar, he noted that once submitted, “all name changes will be vetted by the Office of the Registrar and after the change is legitimized, the name will be updated on all rosters.” The change should be visible “as soon as the next day.”  While the change will be visible online quickly, it will take a few days for it to be updated for your ID card, Kane noted. Students will also be allowed to change their name back at any point through the same link.

To update your preferred name, one can simply visited the new “Preferred Name” tab in SSOL.

When asked about the process for incoming/future students, Kane said that they will be able to update their preferred name as soon as they receive their UNI to access to SSOL.

From the SSOL website,

“A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs.” — Thoreau.

Columbia University now offers students the option to use Preferred Name on SSOL, Course Rosters, CourseWorks, the Online Directory, and the University ID Card.


Where will my Preferred Name appear?

  • University ID card*
  • Class Rosters
  • SSOL
  • CourseWorks/Canvas
  • CourseWorks discussion groups
  • Public Directory, unless a FERPA information block has been requested


Your Legal Name will be used in business and other processes that require use of a Legal Name. These include: 

  • International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) Documentation
  • Student Financial Services Documentation
  • Financial Aid
  • PowerFAIDS
  • Federal Requests for Information
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Transcripts
  • Academic Certifications
  • Diplomas
  • Athletics Rosters
  • Department of Public Safety