Every year, several of our Free-Standing . students apply successfully to . programs elsewhere. Our Free-Standing . students may also apply to Columbia's . program; those who do will be assessed on the same basis as any sequential applicants currently doing elsewhere. Doing the Free-Standing . at Columbia neither gives an inside edge nor counts against an applicant. Over the past several years, we have admitted on average about one Free-Standing . student to our ./. program per year, though some years none, given the intense competition for places in our sequential program. Students intending to stay at Columbia for the . (either in English or in Comparative Literature) should apply as sequential students rather than as Free-Standing . students.